Introduction to Raster GIS


Units: 6

Description: Raster GIS leverages environmental data collected in the form of satellite imagery, digital aerial photographs, climate data such as precipitation and temperature, as well as 3D imagery to better understand the impact of land cover and land use change on our environment . Emphasis is placed on the collection and processing of digital raster data which can be integrated with traditional GIS data to better understand the coupled human-environment relationship. Application-driven, this course will demonstrate how these data can be used to address problems ranging from environmental determinants of health to more traditional land use planning. ArcGIS will be used for image processing and analysis.

Learning Outcomes: 1. Develop an understanding of the world’s quickly-growing spatial data infrastructure and of how to put it to work for producing location-based information. 2. Identify the relevant spatial characteristics of diverse application areas enabling professionals to integrate spatial thinking and Raster GIS analysis into their careers. 3. Have an ability to use geospatial technologies to gain a significant advantage in the information technology field.