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Lab Assignment 1 Autumn 2011 Spatial Data Foundations Due Dates: Sections AA and AC: 10/11/11 Sections AB and AD: 10/12/11 Related Material: Lectures: Lectures 1 through 6 Lab Readings: ArcMap Help File article “Using ArcGIS” ArcMap Help File article “Enabling the Spatial Analyst” ArcMap Help File article “Working with the Spatial Analyst toolbar” Datasets: P:\geog462\labAssignment1\*.* Deliverables: A completed answer sheets, answering all the questions provided inline below. Learning Objectives: Learn fundamental practices to safely manipulate an ArcGIS work session Leverage symbolization to investigate spatial data characteristics Encounter data commonly applied for coastal resource management Examine spatial data reference systems and scales of measurements Practice reading metadata Develop critical thinking skills for handling spatial data Introduction An appropriate use of geospatial technologies requires an understanding of fundamental measurements of phenomena, as well as their spatial representation, especially in a digital form. Time, space and attribute measurements are based on reference systems that enable us to relate these measurements to the world, other measurements within our application context.
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Development of spatial data requires choices on how time, space and attribute will be fixed, controlled and measured to produce meaningful data. Discovery of these relationships requires active engagement with the data using practices and tools available in most geospatial technologies. In this assignment, these activities are carried out on datasets that are commonly used in landscape, marine and coastal management, like landuse and landcover, shorelines and topography/bathymetry. These same activities could be performed on a multitude of datasets relating to other fields of study. Keep an eye for other possible uses of these activities in other applications. The concepts, skills, and tools introduced in this assignment, as well as all the ones following, will form the foundation of concepts, skills, and tools you will encounter on all lab assignments, as well as in the future when you conduct spatial analysis of any sort. Please remain mindful of the content you master here and keep this material as a reference for future lab assignments and experiences that will come. Part 1: Using ArcMap and the Spatial Analyst to assess spatial data 1. Please start the ArcMap 10 application (reminder: there is an icon on the desktop, as well as a menu item under Start > All Programs > ArcGIS ) 2. As a good practice, since software tends to change rapidly, make sure you use the built-in
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