Theory and use of computer systems for capture, storage, transformation, analysis, and plotting of geospatial information. Vector and raster geographic information systems, digital data, and spatial analysis. Practical applications of computer mapping systems.
This course serves as an overview and introduction to the techniques and applications of geographic information systems, which encompass computer cartography, remote sensing, global positioning, and related technologies. These techniques are increasingly important for understanding all manner of physical, biological, and cultural phenomena. GIS has become the "working method" in most governmental agencies and private companies that deal with any aspect of mapping, management or analysis of natural and human resources.