Geospatial Modeling and Analysis

Schedule and links to material for the Distance Education section

Schedule will be adjusted as needed during the semester. Assignments, which are due at the same date, should be delivered in a single report.

Week Lecture/Assignment Topic and Project Tasks Assignment due date
January 8-12 Course logistics (Course instructions, management and resources) and Moodle site

1. Geospatial Data Introduction, getting started with open source GIS

January 18
January 15-19 2.A Geospatial Data: Models January 30
January 22-26 2.B Geospatial Data: Display and visualization
Project pre-proposal (1 page), submit on Moodle site (PDF file named LastnameFirstname_Preproposal.pdf)
January 30
Jan 29 - Feb 2 3.A Geospatial Analysis: Global, zonal and focal operations, map algebra February 13
February 5-9 3.B Geospatial Analysis: Buffers, cost surfaces, least cost path
Full project proposal (2 pages), submit on Moodle site (PDF file named LastnameFirstname_Proposal.pdf)
see Proposal instructions, project resources
February 13
February 12-16 4.A Spatial interpolation: methods February 27
February 19-23 4.B Spatial interpolation: splines
Work on the project: acquire data (see data providers), process into a consistent data set
February 27
Feb 26-Mar 2 5.A Geomorphometry: Terrain modeling
Work on the project: analyze and visualize data, start developing workflow
March 20
March 5-9 Spring Break
March 12-16 5.B Geomorphometry: Spatial and temporal terrain analysis
Work on the project: Develop and test workflow for your analysis/modeling, identify missing data or tools
Heads up: interim project report will be part of Midterm due March 29: describe what have you done and what is holding you back.
Project requirements
Spring2018 project titles
March 20
March 19-23 6. Viewshed, solar energy potential analysis
Project: Complete development of methodology, work on preliminary results for midterm report
Read info about upcoming midterm
March 27
March 26-29 Midterm and project progress report
  • both on-campus and DE section handled by Moodle, no on-campus presence needed
  • Questions are made available on March 26 around 8 am, answers are due March 29 at 11.45 pm, uploaded to Moodle (see Moodle Midterm section) as a PDF file named LastnameFirstname_Exam.pdf
  • Upload to Moodle a brief 1-2 page progress report on your project (see Moodle Project section), include what have you done and what is holding you back. Submit as a PDF file named LastnameFirstname_ProgressReport.pdf
April 2-6 7.A Flow routing, watershed analysis
Project: Complete preliminary results, evaluate what is missing or causing problems
April 17
April 9-13 7.B Introduction to GIS-based Modeling of Geospatial Processes, Hydrologic and Erosion modeling
Project: Work on results, visualization, statistical summaries, graphical output
Spring 2018 project titles
April 17
April 16-27 Work on the project and record project presentation April 24
Apr 30 - May 4 Finish project paper and post it on Moodle site as LastnameFirstname_Paper.pdf by 11pm
and submit your complete course work in a ZIP file
  • the ZIP file should include: project paper, presentation slides and all homework papers
  • Upload your work as a single ZIP file to the Google drive and share it with the instructors (HM, AP, VP).
May 4
May 6 If you missed the deadline, this is the very last day to submit your complete course work in a ZIP file, by 11pm May 6

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