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Mapping Hurricanes - Working with Digital Vector and Raster Data Sets
Scott White, Fort Lewis College
SummaryThis lab exercise shows students how to create a map of the track and winds of a hurricane. Hurricane Jimena from 2009 is examined using both vector and raster data.
Type and level of course
entry level GIS course for undergraduates (primarily Biology and Geology majors)
Geoscience background assumed in this assignment
Basic pre-college understanding of hurricanes.
GIS/remote sensing skills/background assumed in this assignment
A few basic GIS skills are assumed, such as Adding Data to a blank map in ArcMap, opening up an attribute table, basic map layout design, etc.
Software required for this assignment/activity:
ArcGIS, ArcView, v.9.3.1
Hawths Tools (www.spatialecology.com) - may not be necessary with ArcGIS 9.3.1.
Time required for students to complete the assignment:
GIS/remote sensing techniques students learn in this assignment
Building point features from an x,y coordinate table.
Symbology of hurricanes and winds.
Satellite imagery and world files.
Other content/concepts goals for this activity
Learning about hurricanes and tropical storms.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignmentThis lab exercise shows students how to create a map of the track and winds of a hurricane. Hurricane Jimena from 2009 is examined using both vector and raster data. Students will learn how to create a map from a table of x,y coordinate pairs. They will also learn how to buffer hurricane locations based on tropical storm force and hurricane force winds. Finally, students will complete two map layouts showing the symbolized track and winds of the hurricane, along with a satellite image.
Determining whether students have met the goalsThis is primailry a cartography product, so students' final printed maps are assessed for cartographic completeness.
More information about assessment tools and techniques.
URLs and References
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment: Student Handout for Mapping Hurricanes assignment (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 79kB May17 10)
- Instructors Notes:
- Solution Set: Solution map for Mapping Hurricanes assignment (a 2975 by 3850 pixel JPEG)