Module 2: Eyes on Geographic Data
A Map-Based Approach
Module 2 takes an map-based approach to studying Earth. In Weeks 5 through 8 of the course, you will learn to use tools and techniques for incorporating geographic information systems (GIS) data into your classroom teaching.
Week 5: Monitoring Invasive Species
Invasive species are characterized by their ability to spread rapidly, the lack of natural controls or predators, and the ability to persist. They are a global problem that includes all types of biological invaders, not just plants. During Week 5, you will become familiar with basic GIS functions, learn to build and execute GIS database queries, and apply GIS techniques to investigate the spread of invasive species.
Begins on March 12, 2010
Week 6: Following Rivers Through Time
The path that a river takes over land changes through time. During Week 6, you will learn to symbolize and classify GIS data as you explore how the flow of the Mississippi River has changed through time, how evidence of ancient rivers can be found in modern soils, and how rivers transport and deposit sediments to balance the erosion and subsidence of their deltas.
Begins on March 19, 2010
Week 7: Investigating Earthquake Activity
Importing latitude/longitude data in tabular format into a GIS enables you to view the data spatially and begin to think about geographic patterns. During Week 7, you will import, symbolize, and spatially query earthquake data to investigate patterns with current and historical earthquake activity.
Begins on March 26, 2010
Week 8: Monitoring Fires
Forest fires can be both detrimental and beneficial to the environment. NASA satellites and GIS play an important role in monitoring and managing forest fires. During Week 8, you will use GIS analysis techniques to investigate the fires that took place in Yellowstone Park in 1988.
Begins on April 2, 2010