Geography 85 – Applications of GeoSpatial Technologies
Reading (External Links)
- that correspond to lectures and assignments. Note that an
asterisk " * " and if it is bolded means the article is a must read.
of these Web links are just resources, with every year some web links change or become "dead."
Fun, New Stuff
General GIS Links
News and Publications
ESRI is the software leader in GIS and has an excellent collection of articles.
ArcUser is more of a how to guide, while ArcNews is more of a promotion for
new applications, software, case studies, etc. Both magazine have case studies.
This is a great place to start your search.
The California Environmental Resources Evaluation System - a hub for the Resource
Agency in regard to environmental data of all sorts, including GIS data
A Website that shares data among all sorts of users and applications. Check
out the on-line mapping services. (If you bought the optional book "GIS
for Everyone," which comes with ArcExplorer, you can use GIS data found
here. You can also download ArcExplorer for free; then play around with GIS
data and maps yourself.)
A catch-all Website with sections such as: What is GIS, Try GIS for Yourself,
GIS Software, Data for Your GIS, Educ. and Training, Additional Resources,
2000 TIGER/Line Data
This Website is more to give you an idea of where to get GIS data. Census
data is free and very useful for demographic studies.
GIS terms Websites
Terms - pdf file
The National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA), UC Santa Barbara
- GIS Dictionary
ESRI - GIS Industry Standard software company
Base Map Links
for the Rest of Us
ArcUser, July - September 2002 - One of the best, simple articles on digital
photography for GIS. You'll find other articles in this issue too. *
Straight Up -- Ortho Perspective on Downtown Denver
"Digital orthophotography is a resource being utilized by a significant
portion of GIS users. It has become a popular base layer in modern GIS. With
the price of disk space dropping and the speed of computers increasing, digital
orthophotos are a viable option for building a fully developed GIS."
Also discussed, how to straighten out leaning buildings. *
IKONOS Launch Offers New Source of GIS Data
ArcNews, Spring 2000 - "The IKONOS remote sensing satellite launched
last fall by ESRI Business partner Space Imaging has successfully completed
its system checkout phase and is now collecting one-meter resolution imagery
for commercial spatial data customers around the world."
Orthophotography and GIS
This articles talks about correcting aerial photography. The first paragraphy
begins... "four basic operations or corrections must be applied to the
standard vertical aerial photograph to produce the orthophoto. The first correction
is the standardization of scale across the image. The second correction involves
removing the relief displacement to position the terrain in its true location.
The third operation entails the assignment of X & Y coordinate values
to the image..." More on the technical details of correcting an image.
Imagery in Urban Planning
Short overview of a case study beginning "Image-based information products
are valuable tools in urban planning. Remotely sensed imagery provides urban
planners cost-effective, rapidly acquired, repetitive data covering extensive
areas." Within the body of this summary click on 'main story' for more
Forest Service Remote Sensing Lab, Sacramento
Some good projects and plans described here, such as vegetation monitoring,
mapping, and inventory (mentioned in lecture), as well as other Region 5 California
Forest Service projects.
All kinds of really impressive, remotely sensed imagery. Space Imaging is
the giant leader in this field.
Steps and Protocol
This is the Website that I created to explain how to set up a data dictionary
using Trimble's software called "Pathfinder." It also shows how
to use the older GeoExplorer GPS units. *
Ranch Pilot Project
An overview of a GPS trails pilot project for the Los Altos, CA open space
district called the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD). The
park is located in Cupertino, CA. (This is an article that I wrote). *
Here is Trimble's "All about GPS" Website and tutorial.
Regional Open Space District
Here is the Website for the MROSD with lots of trails to explore in the SF
Careers in Geospatial Technology