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Introduction to Raster Analsyis: Data comparisons

Alisa Wade, University of Montana


Exploration of raster analysis using self-collected data.


Type and level of course
Introductory GIS in geosciences; upper-division course

Geoscience background assumed in this assignment

GIS/remote sensing skills/background assumed in this assignment
None, beyond previous 10 weeks of class

Software required for this assignment/activity:
ArcInfo 9.3

Time required for students to complete the assignment:
7-12 hours


GIS/remote sensing techniques students learn in this assignment

  1. Learn to set raster analysis environment
  2. Learn to symbolize rasters
  3. Working multiple rasters; analysis extent
  4. Introduction to cell (local) functions
  5. Introduction to global (extent) function – surface analysis

Other content/concepts goals for this activity

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Analysis of data
Critical thinking
Written presentation of results and findings

Description of the activity/assignment

Determining whether students have met the goals

More information about assessment tools and techniques.

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