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ESM 263 - Geographic Information Systems
Winter 2018

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: Will Burke (office hours Wed 14:00-15:00 in Bren 3035, or by appointment)

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

  1. Mon/Wed 12:00–13:50 (code: 21782)
  2. Tue/Thu 12:00–13:50 (code: 21790)


More info:

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


All assignment should be submitted to the course's GauchoSpace. (This is the only thing we'll be using GauchoSpace for.)

  1. Cartography
  2. Sea level rise in Santa Barbara
  3. Site suitability analysis for wind power subsidies
  4. Conservation priorities using multicriteria decision analysis
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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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