GIS Tutorial for Atmospheric Sciences - Section 1.1: Basic GIS Fundamentals

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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 1 - Introduction to GIS

Technical skills you will learn:

  • Open and explore the software interface.
  • Add data to the map.
  • Work with attribute data.

Required Software

ArcGIS 10.0 or higher
ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro Download (39.51 MB)


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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GIS Tutorial for Atmospheric Sciences: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro

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In this exercise, you will explore the interface of ArcPro. You will learn how to upload different types of data and customize the application to fit the needs of your project. In addition, you will learn how to navigate the Living Atlas of the World within ArcPro, and use the Living Atlas to add data to your project.

Technical skills you will learn:

  • Open and explore ArcPro.
  • Add data to a map.
  • Work with attribute data.
  • Navigate the Living Atlas.
Exercise (896.97 KB)
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