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Access and visualize world population data using the user friendly MyWorld GIS software. Data includes total population, population density, projected population, male and female population, and age specific population, etc.
- Compare and contrast the population and population charateristics of different countries world wide.
- Learn about Geographic Information Systems and what they are good for.
- Learn how to use a specific GIS, MyWorld GIS.
Context for Use
Use in an introductory Geoscience course in which use of a GIS and discussion of World Population growth and characteristics are appropriate. Although the specific activity described is for world population it can be used as a introductory activity for use of MyWorld for other data sets.
Teaching Notes and Tips
Time for this activity is about 2 to 3 hours including time required to download MyWorld GIS software. It is NOT recommended that students download MyWorld at home from a phone modem.
Evaluation of the completed activity can be used to assess student understanding of GIS, the MyWorld environment, and of issues related to world population.