Course Schedule for 2011
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- History of geospatial analysis in anthropology: evolution of tools and questions
- Definitions of RS and GIS
- Basic understanding of geospatial data
- IC: Participants discuss research questions and needs
- Research design: sampling in time and space, data requirements, matching questions and data limitations
- RS data search principles
- IC: Intensive data search and evaluation
- discussion of data choices, research scenarios, and analytical pathways
Brondizio, E., and R. R. Chowdhury (forthcoming). Spatial-Temporal Methodologies in Environmental Anthropology: Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Landscape Changes and Local Knowledge. In Environmental Anthropology: Methodologies and Research Design. I. Vaccaro, E. A. Smith, and S. Aswani, eds. Pp. 1-31. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge
- Understanding basic raster and vector data structures
- Visualization, resolution, and evaluation of visibility and invisibility of landscape features, and categorical scales
- IC: Hands on visualization, color composites, and thematic coding
NASA. The Basic Principles behind Remote Sensing. Remote Sensing tutorial from NASA, http://rst.gsfc.nasa.gov/Front/tofc.html (accessed April 28, 2010).
CIESIN Thematic Guides. Basic intro to remote sensing. Excerpt from Social Science Applications of Remote Sensing, http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/tg (accessed April 28, 2010).
- GIS vector layer processing
- Importing and adjusting projections
- Creating point, line, and polygon layers
- Small digitalization
- IC: hands-on GIS manipulation
- Image georeferencing principles, map georeferencing, and layer staking
- IC: Hands on georeferencing exercises
Dana, Peter H. The Geographer’s Craft Project, Department of Geography, The University of Colorado at Boulder.
- Thematic Classification-different kinds of classification
- spectral signature overview
- IC: land cover classification exercise; interpreting land use patterns; basic runs of unsupervised and supervised image classification
- Overview of change detection procedures: conceptual and technical considerations
- IC: Hands on change detection exercises using images and maps
Green, G. M., C. M. Schweik, and J. Randolph (2005). Linking Disciplines Across Space and Time: Useful Concepts and Approaches for Land-Cover Change Studies. In Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Human-Environment Interactions in Forest Ecosystems. E. F. Moran, and E. Ostrom, eds. Pp. 61-80. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.
- GIS analysis: layer operations, cross-tabulations, survey data integration, data extraction
- IC: Hands on GIS data analysis
Bolstad, P. (2005). Basic Spatial Analyses. In GIS Fundamentals, a First Text on Geographic Information Systems. Pp. 225-66. St. Paul, MN: Eider Press.
- Ethical issues and data sharing
- Preparing images and maps for fieldwork, principles of participatory mapping and interview techniques, training sample protocol
- IC: Preparing images and maps for the field
- What we have accomplished and what is next
- IC: Individual project discussion and upcoming research steps