Geospatial technology is a very valuable tool for problem solving. Technologies and methods like geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) frequently aid municipalities, retail businesses, first responders, and scientists by visualizing information as it relates to its surroundings. This course introduces fundamental concepts necessary to perform geospatial analysis and map interpretation. We will explore how geospatial technologies and tools are used in data collection, analysis, and presentation.
The goals of this course are threefold: 1) To help you to think spatially, analytically, and critically; 2) To help you become better problem solvers; and 3) To teach you the fundamentals of Geographic Information Science and Technology. In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of mapping, GPS, GIS theory, spatial analysis, cartography, and remote sensing. Geographic Information Science and Technology integrates innovative tools (such as software and hardware) and techniques (such as data capture, display, and analysis) that allows users to view, question, interpret, visualize, and analyze temporal and spatial relationships. GIS technology can be used for scientific investigations, resource management, asset management, environmental impact assessment, urban planning, cartography, criminology, geographic history, marketing, and logistics, to name a few. In fact, whenever (and wherever) there is a spatial and/or temporal component, geospatial technology can serve as a tool for problem solving. For example, a GIS might allow emergency planners to easily calculate emergency response times in the event of a natural disaster. Or, geospatial technology might be used to find wetlands that need protection from pollution, help track the spread of a disease, or be used by a company to site a new business location to take advantage of a previously underserved market. Ultimately, geospatial technology helps you answer questions and solve problems.