About the Tool and Data


ArcVoyager SE (Special Edition) GIS

An important note: This chapter use ArcVoyager SE, (for Special Edition), NOT ArcVoyager full install for ArcView. ArcVoyager for ArcView requires that ArcView already be installed on your computer. ArcVoyager SE is a freely available stand-alone GIS.

ArcVoyager SE is a geographic information system. It organizes and displays geographic records using a combined map and table interface. Users can link, layer, and query geospatial information. Maps can be both created and analyzed. ArcVoyager SE utilizes standard ArcView shape files. The program is a vector-based GIS, but it also supports the display of tiff and jpeg images.

With ArcVoyager SE, users can add data, print maps, query themes, and perform many of the standard ArcView activities. Compared to ArcView, the key limitations of ArcVoyager SE are that it cannot save project files, shapefiles, or data files, or open other ArcView projects. However, ArcVoyager SE users have full data analysis capabilities, and they can print and capture screen shots.

ArcVoyager SE uses a help system created specifically for K-12 education. It contains a set of ArcView projects bundled with data and presented in a four-level, tiered format.

Tool Builder

ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.)

Tool Cost

Free: ArcVoyager Special Edition, a cross-platform GIS designed for K-12 teachers and students, is available at no cost.

The techniques described in this chapter also apply to ArcView 3.X GIS software designed for and used by Earth scientists and other researchers. K-12 teachers can purchase the software at a significantly reduced cost. The order form below provides details about the $500 K-12 school site license with concurrent home license for teachers.

Tool Help

ArcVoyager Special Edition Training Tasks
This pdf walks users through the process of creating base maps in outline and choropleth format.

Data Source

Seismic Shear Wave Dataset

A shear-velocity tomographic model in ASC format.
Provided by the Upper Mantle Shear Velocity Model at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Shapiro, N.M. and M.H. Ritzwoller, Monte-Carlo inversion for a global shear velocity model of the crust and upper mantle, Geophys. J. Int., 151, 88-105, 2002.

Geospatial Coverage


Data Provider

Center for Imaging the Earth's Interior (CIEI) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Physics

Part of the Geosciences Cyberinfrastructure Network-GEON project which is creating a cyberinfrastructure for the geosciences.

Data Help