GES2050 - Digital Earth - Schedule

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Spring 2014

Jan. 21 - Introductions, The Digital Earth Concept


Topics:

1) Student and instructor introductions
2) The Digital Earth (DE) idea and its evolution
3) Course objectives and logistics
4) Course overview: To provide an introduction to key geographic / spatial information technologies in exciting ways
5) Anonymous pre-course assessment quiz

Before class next week:
Prepare to become a web designer


Jan. 28 - Brief History of GIS, Setting the Stage for GES2050


Topics:

1) A short history of geospatial technologies
2) Computing and Windows basics: Windows Explorer, directory structures, file and folder naming conventions, copy/paste, the utility of NotePad, more...
3) Image editing (the 'snip' tool; croping, resizing, saving as demo in Adobe PhotoShop)
4) In class: create and publish 'Hello World!' web page; begin Exercise One
5) Before you leave class: show Brandon a) all ges2050 Z drive folders, and 3) your public_html directories

By 5:00 pm Monday, Feb. 3rd
Finish Exercise One


Feb. 4 - Cartographic Basics - LAB ONE


Topics:

1) Cartographic basics: map scale, datums, projections, coordinate systems

Before 5:00 pm Monday, Feb. 10th

Finish Lab One: Asking Questions of Maps - Interacting with the 'This Dynamic Planet' Map

Before class Feb. 18:
Read the following two documents:

  1. Congressional Research Service Report, Jan., 2010 - Geospatial Information and Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Current Issues and Future Challenges (PDF)
  2. Butler, D. 2006. The Web-Wide World, Nature, Vol 439

Feb. 11 - NO CLASS THIS WEEK - BUT YOU MUST COMPLETE TWO TASKS BEFORE NEXT WEEK-

1) MAKE TWO MAJOR AESTHETIC IMPROVEMENTS TO YOUR GES2050 WEBSITE
2) DOWNLOAD GOOGLE EARTH (GE) AND BECOME SOMEWHAT SAVVY NAVIGATING THE GE ENVIRONMENT


Feb. 18 - Goals of Map Use, Data Models (R/V), Virtual Globes, Google Earth - LAB TWO

Topics:
1) Discuss readings
2) Goals of map use (cartography cubed)
3) Data models - raster and vector
4) Virtual Globes (VG) / Web Map Services (WMS),
5) GE demos: Machu Picchu, Peru; Seattle, WA 3D buildings / street view; Grand Canyon, AZ; weather layers

Before 5:00 pm Monday, Feb. 24th:
Finish Lab Two: Documenting the Variety of Cultural / Physical Geography in El Paso County, Colorado Using the VG Google Earth


Feb. 25 - Common Geospatial Data and Imagery (and where to get it), SkylineGlobe - LAB THREE


Topics:
1) Common geospatial data file types (e.g., DOQ, DRG, DLG, DEM, TIN, GeoPDF, SHP, TIGER SHP, KML, plus GOES and Landsat)
2) Online Govt. and commercial data delivery portals (e.g., Geocomm.com, US Census Bureau, NationalAtlas.gov, National Map Seamless Server, Center for LIDAR Information Coordination and Knowledge (CLICK), Landsat Global Information Viewer (GLOVIS), NOAA Satellite and Information Service)

Before 5:00 pm Monday, Mar. 3rd:
Finish Lab Three: Estimating the Extent of Urban Sprawl on Long Island, NY, and Other Exciting Geographic Explorations Using the Virtual Globe SkylineGlobe


Mar. 4 - Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Theory


Topics:
1) Primary and secondary data
2) GPS theory
3) Review Excel spreadsheet (to prep for next week's GPS data entry)
4) Get familiar with GPS receivers (to prep for next week's GPS data collection)


Mar. 11 - Global Positioning Systems (GPS) In Practice - LAB FOUR, PART I - data collection / data entry


Topics:

1) Group field work: Collect waypoints across campus (using a large scale (e.g., 'zoomed in') GE image of the UCCS campus as a guide, students collect / average waypoints using Garmin ETREX GPS receivers
2) Group data entry into database:

NOTE: The two documents used in class today (data_collect.docx and gps_to_gis.xls) are in Brandon's faculty outbox here: ges2050\lab4docs

Before THIS FRIDAY, Mar 14th:
Email Brandon your group's Excel file for review FROM YOUR UCCS email account - MAKE SURE all group members are carbon-copied (CCed) on the email, using their UCCS email account


Mar. 18 - Global Positioning Systems' (GPS) Integration with GIS; GIS in Theory and Practice - LAB FOUR, PART II - GPS in GIS


Topics:
1) GIS - Theory and practice (case studies)
2) Georectification (what you are doing in Lab Four)
3) Lab Four

Before 5:00 pm Monday, Mar. 24th:
Finish Lab Four: GPS and GIS - Using Control Points Collected in the Field to Georeference a .jpg of the UCCS Campus


Mar. 24 - 30 - Spring Break


Apr. 1 - Geographic Visualization (Geovisualization) - LAB FIVE


Topics:
1) How to Study for Test One
2) Geovisualization theory
3) Geovisualization practice:
> Case study: lightning climatology of Colorado
> Terrestrial 3D Laser Scanner demo
4) Lab Five

Before 5:00 pm Monday, Apr. 7th:
Finish Lab Five: Geovisualization and Pattern Discovery - Draping Geology and Cultural Features over Topography


Apr. 8 - Test One


Apr. 15 - Remote Sensing (RS) - LAB SIX


Topics:

1) Image compression
2) Remote sensing basics -- electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and the electromagnetic spectrum, platforms, geostationary vs. polar-orbiting satellites, four resolutions, active/passive, applications, RS in archaeology NOVA video
3) RS in archaeology - an example using Landsat (short video)
4) Lab Six

Before 5:00 pm Monday, Apr. 21st:
Finish Lab Six: Remote Sensing - IDRISI: Using Landsat Imagery and NDVI to Distinguish Vegetation near Pueblo, Colorado


Apr. 22 - Geomorphometry / Digital Terrain Modeling; Spatial Analysis - LAB SEVEN


Topics:
1) GES2050 technologies and skills you can (should) add to your résumé‎
2) The role of scale in measurement
3) Techniques for measuring the complexity of lines and surfaces in digital environments
4) Tips for Lab Seven: Glacial features, volume of 1/2 a cylinder
5) Lab Seven

Before 5:00 pm Monday, Apr. 28th:
Finish Lab Seven: Digital Terrain Modeling and Geomorphometry using Peter Guth's MicroDEM


Apr. 29 - Neighborhood Operations, Data Interpolation - LAB EIGHT

Topics:
1) Spatial data interpolation: a few methods
2) Roving windows (neighborhood operations)
3) Lab Eight

Before 5:00 pm Monday, May 5th:
Finish Lab Eight: Spatial Analysis and DEMs - Mountain Geography: Investigating Colorado Fourteeners Pixel by Pixel


May 2 - FRIDAY - FIELD TRIP TO NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH (NCAR), BOULDER, CO - 3 HR. VISIT RUNS FROM 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. DETAILS PROVIDED IN CLASS APRIL 29.


May 6 - ArcGIS.com, TED Talks, and Exam Two review


Topics:
1) TED Talks GIS-related videos:

2) In class exercise: ArcGIS.com - uploading map layers, sharing data, adding basemaps, and adding others' data
3) In class group exercise: Test Two review


May 13 - Test Two

 

Schedule may change. Changes announced in class and posted here.