NCSU GIS/MEA582:
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
August 10-14 Introduction to the Course (Course instructions, management and resources)
1. Geospatial Data Introduction, getting started with open source GIS
August 20
August 17-21 2.A Geospatial Data: Models September 1
August 24-28 2.B Geospatial Data: Display and visualization
Project pre-proposal (1 page), submit on Moodle site (PDF file named LastnameFirstname_Preproposal.pdf)
September 1
August 31- September 4 3.A Geospatial Analysis: Global, zonal and focal operations, map algebra September 15
September 7-11 3.B Geospatial Analysis: Buffers, cost surfaces, least cost path September 15
September 14-18 4.A Spatial interpolation: methods
Full project proposal (2 pages), submit on Moodle site (PDF file named LastnameFirstname_Proposal.pdf)
see Proposal instructions, project resources
proposal September 22, assignment September 29
September 21-25 4.B Spatial interpolation: splines
Work on the project: acquire data (see data providers), process into a consistent data set
September 29
September 28- October 2 5.A Geomorphometry: Terrain modeling
Work on the project: analyze and visualize data, start developing workflow
October 13
October 5-9 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 due during the Midterm exam week, on October 21
Project requirements
October 13
October 12-16 6. Viewshed, solar energy potential analysis
Read info about upcoming midterm
Work on the project: Prepare project progress report (DE)
Fall 2020 project titles
October 20
October 19-23 Midterm and project progress report
  • Project progress report
    • Due Wednesday, October 21
    • Upload to Moodle a project progress report (see Moodle Project section) following the Project progress report instructions, Submit as a PDF file named LastnameFirstname_ProgressReport.pdf
  • Midterm exam
    • Both on-campus and DE section is handled by Moodle, no on-campus presence is needed
    • Questions will be provided through Moodle Announcement on Thursday, October 22 around 9 am
    • Answers are due on Saturday, October 24 at 11.45 pm, uploaded to Moodle (see Moodle Midterm section) as a PDF file named LastnameFirstname_Exam.pdf
report October 21

exam October 24
October 26-30 7.A Flow routing, watershed analysis
Project: Complete preliminary results, evaluate what is missing or causing problems
November 10
November 2-6 7.B Introduction to GIS-based Modeling of Geospatial Processes, Hydrologic and Erosion modeling
Project: Work on results, visualization, statistical summaries, graphical output
Fall 2020 project titles
November 10
November 9-13 Work on the project paper and record project presentation
  • Fall 2020 project titles – final
  • Project presentation and paper requirements
  • The project presentation:
    • To record your presentation, use Open Broadcaster Software (tutorial), Screencastify, MS Powerpoint, Libre Office, Zoom, or any other software with similar recording functionality. Do NOT submit recordings in SWF format (it's not supported on many systems for security reasons).
    • Post the presentation on Moodle site, or, if the file is too big, upload your file to Google drive and share it with the instructors. Keep the presentation to 10 minutes and name your file LastnameFirstname_Presentation.mp4, LastnameFirstname_Presentation.pptx (or whatever format you use).
    • Recorded presentations are due November 13.
presentation November 13

paper November 18
November 16-18
Finish project paper and post it on Moodle site as LastnameFirstname_Paper.pdf November 18 by 11pm
November 18

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