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Projections and Vector Analysis: Biotic and abiotic properties along the Clark Fork and Blackfoot

Alisa Wade, University of Montana


Lab to introduce projections and vector analysis via studying local abiotic and biotic characteristics.


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

Geoscience background assumed in this assignment

GIS/remote sensing skills/background assumed in this assignment
None beyond previous 8 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. Gain familiarity with projections and recognize distortions
  2. Review and conduct single layer vector analyses
  3. Conduct dual layer vector analyses
  4. Learn a bit about abiotic and biotic characteristics along the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers

Other content/concepts goals for this activity

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Synthesis of analysis into IMRAD format

Description of the activity/assignment

Determining whether students have met the goals

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