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Exercise 1: Introduction to spatial data mapping the classroom with paper and pencil part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Barbara and David Tewksbury, Hamilton College Summary Students map the classroom twice using paper and pencil, the first time on different pieces of paper and with essentially no instructions and the second time ...

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Exercise 2: Introduction to coordinate systems and projections part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Barbara and David Tewksbury, Hamilton College Summary This exercise gives students personal experience with data sets that have spatial reference "issues" so that they learn first hand both why it ...

Exercise 3: Reclassifying the New York State Geologic Map part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Barbara and David Tewksbury, Hamilton College Summary Students download and merge the multiple sheets of the New York State Geologic Map together and reclassify units to create an attractive and legible version of ...

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Exercise 5: The human impact of sea level changes, plus extensions to impacts of other natural events on human populations part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Barbara and David Tewksbury, Hamilton College Summary In this eight-part exercise, students download NOAA high resolution bathy/topo DEMs and TIGER census data to predict the location of shorelines, the extent of ...

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Exercise 5: Choropleth Map of the Happiest States and Effective Map Design part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Barbara and David Tewksbury, Hamilton College Summary Students create choropleth maps by creating data tables in Excel and merging them with existing shapefiles for US states; they also evaluate the effectiveness ...

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Exercise 6: Nevada Mines analysis choosing water sampling sites to test for possible water contamination part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Barbara and David Tewksbury, Hamilton College Summary Students use an EPA data set of Nevada mines to evaluate proximity of mine sites to streams to choose priority water sampling sites to evaluate for possible ...

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GIS course final project part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Barbara and David Tewksbury, Hamilton College Summary Final independent GIS analysis designed and carried out by the student; once the analysis is complete, each student develops an assignment or activity based on ...

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Exercise 8: Using LiDAR and GPS data to model the water table in ArcScene part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Barbara and David Tewksbury, Hamilton College Tutorial for using the new LiDAR tools (LAS dataset and LAS toolbar) in ArcGIS 10.1 (Acrobat (PDF) 13.8MB Nov6 13). Same LiDAR Tutorial as a Word doc (Microsoft Word ...

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Exercise 7: Plate Boundaries in the Woodlark Basin Region part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Barbara and David Tewksbury, Hamilton College Summary Students use a variety of data sets (bathy DEMs, SRTM DEMS, earthquake data, volcano data, ocean floor ages, and motion vectors) to 1) determine the locations ...

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Web-based Exercise #5: Remote Sensing and Image Analysis. part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Justin Shepard, San Diego State University Geography Department Summary This exercise will introduce several typical remote sensing analysis examples. Though this exercise, the students should be aware of the ...

Shorelines of Glacial Lake Hitchcock part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Bob Newton, Smith College Summary This activity uses GIS methods to subtract the isostatic rebound from a DEM in order to create a map of the shoreline of Glacial Lake Hitchcock. Students are then able to evaluate ...

Mapping Glacial Erratics with GPS and GIS part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Katherine McCarville, Upper Iowa University Summary Students create a map of glacial erratics (in Northeast Iowa, although you could do this wherever you have glacial deposits). The activity uses local geology, ...

Walkable/Bikeable Community Maps part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Katherine McCarville, Upper Iowa University Summary Create maps of walkable-bikeable routes in your local community. Identify routes by their characteristics for pedestrians and bike riders. Locate areas where ...

Lidar conversion tool script for ArcGIS 9.3 part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Chris Harding, Iowa State University Summary Python 2.5/2.6 script for converting .las Lidar data files inside a folder into one or more other data formats: ERDAS imagine raster file, TIN (full resolution and ...

Topographic analysis of the Sangre de Cristo Range GIS Project part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Eric Leonard, Colorado College - Geology Department Summary Students make DEM-based observations and develop and test hypotheses regarding topographic differences between the two sides of the Colorado Sangre de ...

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Geoprocessing (map overlay) exercise - a rabbit prediction map part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Chris Harding, Iowa State University Summary Walks the student through the creation of a prediction map using a very simple (fictitious) spatial planning and analysis scenario. Although the actual prediction ...

Campus Map with Group GPS Mapping Component part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Kelly Debure, Eckerd College Summary Students use GPS units and record the location of some feature of interest on the campus. A shapefile is created from data recorded in an Excel file. This data is incorporated ...

Vector data and attributes part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Margaret E. (Beth) McMillan, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Summary This exercise introduces students to methods of creating GIS data. They collect point data using a GPS, and they digitize line data from a ...

Introduction to Google Earth for Geologic Reconnaissance and Interpretation part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Brian Hausback, California State University, Sacramento Summary Introduction to Google Earth for Geologic Reconnaissance and Interpretation Context Type and level of course This lab is used as an introductory lab ...

GIS Applications in Hydrologic Processes part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
John Van Hoesen, Summary Students compare traditional paper-based techniques associated with estimating areal precipitation, watershed delineation, and modeling evapotranspiration. This assignment challenges ...

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