GIS Tutorial for Atmospheric Sciences - Section 2.1: Working with Raster Data

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This is a freely available Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course geared towards GIS and weather and climate  students and practitioners. This course is intended to teach intermediate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concepts, methods and terminology using weather and climate case studies.  

Section 2 - Intermediate GIS Functionality

Exercise 1 - Working with Raster Data

Technical skills you will learn:

  • Access raw precipitation data from NOAA.
  • Interpolate point data into a raster.
  • Create a departure from normal grid.

Required Software

ArcGIS 10.0 or higher
ArcGIS Pro

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Jennifer Boehnert - National Center for Atmospheric Research
Greg Dobson - UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center
Paige Hoel - National Center for Atmospheric Research

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