GIS Tutorial for Atmospheric Sciences - Section 1.4: Cartographic Mapping

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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 basic Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concepts, methods and terminology using weather and climate case studies. 

Section 1 - Basic GIS Fundamentals

Exercise 4 - Cartographic Mapping

Technical skills you will learn:

  • Work in the Layout View to design a map.
  • Work with different map elements.
  • Disseminate and share your map.

Required Software

ArcGIS 10.0 or higher

ArcGIS Pro

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Jennifer Boehnert, National Center for Atmospheric Research

J. Greg Dobson, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Patricia Carbajales, Clemson University

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QGIS - Lesson 4: Mapping Spatial Results for Effective Communication

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In the past few exercises you used QGIS to visualize and symbolize data, analyze existing data, and create new data.  In this module 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. 

Exercise, Maps, and Data (1.47 MB)

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

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