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ESM 263 - Geographic Information Systems
Winter 2019

ESM 263 is a one-quarter introduction to geographic information systems (GIS). The course is intended for MESM students who need to acquire a working knowledge of GIS theory and practice in a single quarter.

Instructor: James Frew (office hours by appointment)

TA: Niklas Griessbaum (Office hours: Thursday 14:00-15:00 in Bren 3001, or by appointment)

Labs: all in Bren 3035 (the GIS Lab). Attend only the lab you are enrolled in:

  1. Mon/Wed 15:30–17:20 (code: 22574)
  2. Tue/Thu 12:00–13:50 (code: 22582)

Textbooks:

More info:

NOTE: The syllabus is a work-in-progress. Sections shaded like this may contain broken links; check back often...

Assignments

All assignments should be submitted by 8:00 AM on the due date to your section's GauchoSpace: Mon/Wed or Tue/Thu. (This is the only thing we'll be using GauchoSpace for.)

# due assignment feedback
1 Mon 21 Jan Cartography [QGIS version] Niklas
2 Mon 04 Feb Sea level rise in Santa Barbara [QGIS version] Niklas
3 Mon 18 Feb Site suitability analysis for wind power subsidies [QGIS version]
4 Mon 11 Mar Conservation priorities using multicriteria decision analysis [QGIS version]

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Week 1: Introduction to GIS & cartography

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Week 2: Coordinate systems and map projections

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Week 3: Vector data

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Week 4: Attribute data

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Week 5: Raster data

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Week 6: GIS models

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Week 7: Terrain and watershed analysis

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Week 8: GIS data sources and data capture

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Week 9: Interpolation and uncertainty

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Week 10: Your choice

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