Tarendra Lakhankar


Geographic Information Systems (GIS): GIS is a computer-based tool that uses spatial data to analyze and solve real-world problems. This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic principles and techniques of GIS with as objective to develop an understanding of geographic space and how maps represent geographic space. A student will be able to read maps, as well as write about and discuss information gleamed from maps. By the end of the GIS module, students will be creating maps from sources both graphical and tabular data using QGIS. Students will be able to use GIS to build maps using data they collected during program. Students will present and discuss their mapping work based on data collected from different sources using PowerPoint presentation.

Exercise: Students will be given exercises based on activities performed during the class. The examples of exercises includes: (1) importing data with latitude and longitude coordinates in GIS and creating maps, (2) Import excel or other data formats data in GIS and joining it Global or Local maps to create new maps using imported datasets.

Group GIS Project: Students are divided in several groups with 3-4 students in each group. In the GIS project, students are free to choose Earth System Science related topic, in consultation with the instructor. The project should have rich GIS elements. Students will be downloading data from various government website sources including: Census bureau, NOAA, NASA, USGS, DOL, World Bank, UN, and educational institutes, etc. The grading in GIS project is based quality of GIS maps produced, presentation skills, effort in data processing and preparation, and analysis of data. Students are encouraged to ask questions after presentations.

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Lectures/Modules Slides Data and Assignments
Module 1: Introduction to GIS  
Application of GIS

GIS Concept (Vector and Raster)

Introduction to QGIS
GIS data Resources
Module 2: Processing and Importing data to QGIS
Processing the tabular (Excel/Text) data
Importing tabular data in ArcMap
Mapping the imported GIS data
Lab Assignments:  
Exercise 1 Download
Exercise 2 Download

Excercise 3 Download
Module 3: GIS Project
Creating / importing data Analysis / plotting of GIS data
Creating StoryMaps Presentation of Project using StoryMaps
GIS Data Sources  
Examples of Past StoryMaps

GIS Project: 
Students will independent project based on their area of interest.
Instructor will help student in acquiring and processing data that will be imported in GIS framework. 
GIS Assignment and Presentation Upload