Spatial Data Relationships in Geoscience Data

Initial Publication Date: September 7, 2006


Many geoscientists work with spatial data to develop local and regional relationships to understand the nature of the Earth. GIS has added to our capabilities, but spatial relationships in geoscience predate our modern concept of a GIS system (e.g. computers, software, digital data, etc.) through geolgical, topographic, and other maps with spatial data. GIS can be a tool to provide content for a class with no discussion of the GIS methods used to create the materials, or the GIS methods themselves can be involved in the student learning experience.

This is a sampling of exercises, class activities, visualizations, etc. from the current SERC database that utilize spatial relationships in data to address a variety of geoscience topics. While many could be adapted to utilize or highlight specific modern GIS concepts, they are very effective geoscience education materials in their current state. The important idea here is to recognize the relationship between modern GIS and traditional geoscience spatial analysis methods.

Exercises Emphasizing Spatial Data Relationships in Geoscience

Visualizations of Spatial Data in Geoscience

GIS-Specific Examples