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GIS IV: 3-D Display and Analysis of Spatial Data

Data is most valuable when used to identify and quantify patterns and relationships. This is especially true with spatial data and spatial data analysis. GIS provides the tools and techniques for understanding and leveraging valuable information contained within spatial data.

In this course, you will learn advanced GIS spatial analysis skills and techniques. You will use this information to make decisions about the physical world through modeling and analysis of spatial data. Through hands-on projects, you will learn techniques to analyze two- and three-dimensional spatial data, including building digital elevation models, solving line-of- sight problems, calculating slope and aspect, and solving network analysis problems.

Topics include:

  • Raster concepts, reclassifying, and resampling
  • Map algebra, operators, and functions
  • Conceptual models
  • Site suitability analysis
  • Hydrological modeling and analysis
  • Risk analysis and hazard assessment
  • Network analysis
  • Line of sight analysis and viewsheds
  • 3D visualization

Practical experience:

  • Multiple hands-on assignments using ArcGIS

Course typically offered: Online in Winter and Summer

Software: Students will use ArcGIS by ESRI in this course, and a license for this software is included with purchase of the required textbook. A computer with a native Windows operating system is required to run ArcGIS; the software will not work properly on a Mac computer, even if you have configured your system to dual-boot or otherwise run Windows.

Prerequisites: Completion of GIS III: Geodatabase Design required.

Next steps: Upon completion of this course, consider taking the GIS Capstone Project to continue learning.

Contact: For more information about this course, please contact unex-techdata@ucsd.edu.


Course Number: ECE-40248
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Geographic Information Systems

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