GIS/Remote Sensing Courses at SNR&E


NRE U110 and NRE U111: Introduction to Global Change Parts I and II
Interdisciplinary courses providing a basic introduction to ArcView
NRE 239: Intro to Environmental Analysis
This course introduces the fundamental mathematical, statistical, and mapping concepts needed to analyze and understand environmental information. The topics covered will be linked by three environmental themes: environmental justice, biodiversity, and sustainability.
NRE 531: Principles of GIS
The goals of this class are to provide a firm understanding of the issues that affect the use of GIS for application, research, and planning in natural resources. You will learn to conceptualize and implement geographic data management and analysis for research and application. The course is taught using lecture, supplemented by a textbook and "live" software demonstrations and labs taught using Arc8.
NRE 441: Remote Sensing of the Environment
Whether using air- or space-borne systems, remote sensing is increasingly used to inventory, monitor, and assess Earth's valuable and ever changing resources at scales from local to global. The lectures cover: fundamentals of energy sources and radiation principles, sensor systems, image characteristics, analysis methods, and problem analysis to determine which remote sensing systems can supply needed data. At the conclusion of the course, student presentations highlight case studies in the application of remote sensing to a diversity of environmental issues of their choosing. The Lab portion of the course provides: discussion, hands-on interpretation, and measurement of maps, airphotos and satellite images; plus computer image classification, change detection, and land-cover mapping (using ERDAS IMAGINE software). This course is intended for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Prerequisites are junior standing and/or NRE 239. 4 credits.
NRE 543: Environmental Spatial Data Analysis
Deals with the processing and quantitative treatment of spatial data for use in ecological and environmental analysis and assessment. The first several topics of the class will address advanced issues in spatial data representation and automation affecting the use of geographic information systems (GIS) for spatial analysis. The topics include discussion of areal units, fuzzy sets, and programming for GIS applications. The remaining topics introduce multiple approaches to analysis of point and area data. We begin with point pattern analysis, for points that represent specific events, then discuss geostatistical methods for estimation when the points represent locations of attribute measurement. Discussion then focuses on the nature of and methods for analyzing boundaries in space. We will look at a specific set of analytical tools for describing landscape patterns, derived from the field of landscape ecology. Finally, we will look at methods for inferential analysis using area-based measurements. Assignments involve computer exercises using real social and physical environmental data.
NRE 534: GIS and Landscape Modeling
The goal of this class is to explore various approaches to modeling land use and cover pattern and change. Land use is a social phenomenon, driven by the need that people have to make their lives and their living on the land. Land cover, on the other hand, is the biophysical state of the landscape. Therefore, the course will necessarily move between social and ecological processes and applications of the models, always with a geographical focus. During the course we will explore the approaches that different models take, review applications of the models, and work on problem sets around 5-6 different types of models. We will start with basic GIS suitability models and work through a number of statistical and computational approaches to modeling.
NRE 540: GIS and Natural Resources Applications
NRE 540 is intended to give students the ability to plan, design and execute a GIS project. Students should learn the potentials and limitations of geographic analyses. Among other things students will learn how to build geographic databases, analyze data spatially and produce output that succintly summarizes their results. Students will also learn about using and creating Metadata.
NRE 687: Landscape Analysis and Planning
The general goals of this course are: to acquaint students with the important issues, problems, and approaches of landscape planning; to create an awareness and understanding that site planning and land planning are part of a continuum and are inseparable from each other within the design process; to provide an awareness and understanding of how spatial information can be collected, analyzed, then combined to generate maps (by the use of a Geographic Information System, GIS) that allow one to investigate land planning alternatives; and to create an awareness and applied understanding of various landscape planning methods.