Learning GIS

We offer many free GIS modules to help you become more familiar with different aspects of GIS.  All our modules have a weather and climate focus.  The datasets used in these online courses are freely available and the data sources are identified.  We offer Esri ArcGIS Desktop as well as Quantum GIS modules. 

 

ArcGIS Desktop

Agricultural Focus - click on the image to download the course materials

 

This is an introductory module for anyone interested in learning how to use ArcGIS with some climate model output data. 

In this first exercise, you will be working with global climate model output from the Community Earth System Model (CESM) in order to map possible future precipitation change by the middle of the 21st century as well as future drought.  You will use the Time Slider and learn how to animate over time.

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NOTE: this exercise was developed using Esri ArcGIS 10.4.  Some steps may a bit different in later versions of the software.

 

In this module, you will work with cropScape data for North Dakota.  You will identify how crops are changing in the state and explore temperature and precipitation as well as Agricultural statistics to better understand why the crops are changing.  You will work with table manipulation and overlay many different data sources to map and understand the changing crops in North Dakota.

 

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NOTE: this exercise was developed using Esri ArcGIS 10.4.  Some steps may a bit different in later versions of the software.

 

In this exercise you will work with census tract level data about food deserts in California.  You will compare where food is being produced to where it is being consumed.  You will perform joins and basic GIS analysis.  You will also work in the Layout view to create a final map.

 

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NOTE: this exercise was developed using Esri ArcGIS 10.4.  Some steps may a bit different in later versions of the software.

Health Focus - click on the image to download the course materials

 

In this exercise you will work with temperature data from climate models for the year 2050.  You will then start to look closer at Pheonix and possible future temperature extremes for the city.  In this exercise you will work with netCDF from CCSM climate model.

 

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NOTE: this exercise was developed using Esri ArcGIS 10.4.  Some steps may a bit different in later versions of the software.

 


 
 

Quantum GIS

 

Lesson 1 - Global Analysis in Quantum GIS –Exploring Global Climate Model Output

This is an introductory module for anyone interested in learning QGIS. 

In this first exercise, we will be working with global climate model output from the Community Earth System Model (CESM) in order to map possible future temperature and precipitation change by the middle of the 21st century.  We will map temperature change thresholds and identify which regions may be affected by these changes.  This first exercise will focus on global change.

 

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NOTE: this exercise was developed using QGIS 2.0.  Some steps may a bit different in later versions of the software.

 

Lesson 2 - Exploring Data at the Regional Scale –

Identifying Demographic and Physical Characteristics of Urban Areas

In this module, you will perform many common GIS analytical functions such as proximity and overlay analysis in order to identify which cities are located at a lower elevation and close to the coast.  You will work with elevation, cities, downscaled climate model output in netCDF format and coastline data.  

 

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NOTE: this exercise was developed using QGIS 2.0.  Some steps may a bit different in later versions of the software.

 

 

LESSON 3   Local Scale Analysis - Exploring Demographic and Air Quality Data for Mexico City

In this lesson, you will work with socio-economic, demographic, and air quality data for Mexico City municipalities.  You will derive new data, based on existing attributes, learn how to join non-spatial attributes to spatial data, work with data selections, and learn how to conduct more sophisticated spatial analysis, using different types of data.

 

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NOTE: this exercise was developed using QGIS 2.0.  Some steps may a bit different in later versions of the software.

 

LESSON 4     Mapping Spatial Results for Effective Communication

In the past few exercises you used QGIS to visualize and symbolize data, analyze existing data, and create new data.  In this moduel you will use what you have learned about symbology and displaying data to communicate spatial information in a map composition.  Maps can contain spatial information, figures, images, graphs, and other elements to communicate information.  In this exercise you will create a map showing distribution of ozone concentrations in Mexico City. 

 

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NOTE: this exercise was developed using QGIS 2.0.  Some steps may a bit different in later versions of the software.

 

Participants: 

Jennifer Boehnert

Olga Wilhelmi