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 7-13 Introduction to the Course (Course instructions, management and resources)
1. Geospatial Data Acquisition, Getting Started with Open Source GIS
January 16
January 14 - 20 2.A Geospatial Data: Models January 30
January 21-27 2.B Geospatial Data: Display and visualization January 30
January 28 - February 3 3.A Geospatial Analysis: Global, zonal and focal operations, map algebra
Read Project proposal instructions, project resources, think about your topic
February 13
February 4-10 3.B Geospatial Analysis: Buffers, cost surfaces, least cost path
Project proposal (2 pages), submit on Moodle in the Project Proposal section (PDF file named LastnameFirstname_Proposal.pdf)
see Proposal instructions, project resources
February 13
February 11-17 4.A Spatial interpolation: methods February 27
February 18-24 4.B Spatial interpolation: splines
Work on the project: acquire data (see data providers), process into a consistent data set
February 27
February 25 - March 2 5.A Geomorphometry: Terrain modeling
Work on the project: analyze and visualize data, start developing workflow
March 12
March 3-9 5.B Geomorphometry: Spatial and temporal terrain analysis
Work on the project: Test preliminary workflow for your analysis/modeling, identify missing data or tools
Read information about upcoming midterm exam
March 12
March 10-17 Spring Break
March 20-22 Midterm exam
  • Handled by Moodle, no on-campus presence is needed
  • Questions with instructions will be provided through Moodle Announcement on Wednesday, March 20 around 10 am
  • Answers are due on Friday, March 22 at 11.45 pm, uploaded to Moodle (see Moodle Midterm section) as a PDF file named LastnameFirstname_Exam.pdf
March 22
March 24-30 6. Viewshed, solar energy potential analysis
Work on the project: post a brief project progress report on the Project Discussion Forum by April 7
April 2
March 31 - April 6 7.A Flow routing, watershed analysis
Project: Complete preliminary results, evaluate what is missing or causing problems
Fall 2024 project titles
April 16
April 7-13 7.B Introduction to GIS-based Modeling of Geospatial Processes, Hydrologic and Erosion modeling
Project: Work on results, visualization, statistical summaries, graphical output
April 16
April 14-20 Work on your project
April 21-27 Project: post presentation recordings, finish project paper
  • Fall 2024 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).
presentation April 23

paper April 30
April 28 - May 4 Finish and submit project paper April 30

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