San Juan Mountains, Colo.


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GES2050 Digital Earth

Welcome!

Syllabus

Student Websites

(only accessible on-campus or via UCCS VPN)

Dylan B.

Erik E.

Ryan F.

Raven H.

Natalie L.

Marina-Ashley N.

Theresa R.

Preston R.

Justin S.

Carrie S.

Cameron T.

Misty V.

Andrew W.

Powerpoints

In Canvas

Labs

Exercise #1 (create website)

Lab #1

Lab #2

OLD Lab #3

NEW Lab #3 (in Canvas)

Lab #4 (March 5 docs in Canvas)

Lab #5

Lab #6

Lab #7

Lab #8

Semester Schedule


Week 1: Jan 22 (campus closed due to snow)


Week 2: Jan 29

  • Topic #1: Welcome, introductions, syllabus, Brandon's GES2050 website, Canvas
  • Topic #2: About GES: Faculty, programs, website highlights
  • Topic #3: Course objective: To provide an introduction to key geographic / spatial information technologies in exciting ways
  • Topic #4: Setting the stage for DE: Computing and Windows basics: File Explorer, directory structures, file and folder naming conventions, copy / paste, NotePad, MS 'snipping' tool, more...
  • Topic #5: Finish Exercise One (linked under 'Labs'), your class website BEFORE LEAVING CLASS TODAY. You'll use PuTTY, MS Expression Web 4 (EW4), Snipping Tool, Filezilla
  • Due by 5pm Sun., Feb. 3: A perfectly-functioning GES2050 class website

Week 3: Feb 5

  • Topic #1: Geospatial jobs in our region
  • Topic #2: Evolution of DE idea
  • Topic #3: Brief history of geospatial technologies
  • Topic #4: USGS GNIS
  • IN-CLASS LAB TIME: BEGIN LAB ONE - ASKING QUESTIONS OF MAPS - INTERACTING WITH THE 'THIS DYNAMIC PLANET' MAP
  • Due by 5pm Sun., Feb. 10: Lab One (posted to your class website)

Week 4: Feb 12

  • Topic #1: Cartographic basics
  • Topic #2: Virtual Globes (VGs)
  • Topic #3: Google Earth Pro demo (incl. how to save a .kmz file to your z drive)
  • IN-CLASS LAB TIME: BEGIN LAB TWO - DOCUMENTING THE VARIETY OF CULTURAL / PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY IN EL PASO COUNTY, COLORADO USING THE VG GOOGLE EARTH
  • Due by 5pm Sun., Feb. 17: Lab Two (posted to your class website)

Week 5: Feb 19 (campus closed due to snow)


Week 6: Feb 26

  • Topic #1: Data models - raster and vector
  • Topic #2: Common geospatial data file types (e.g., DOQ, DRG, DLG, DEM, TIN, GeoPDF, SHP, TIGER SHP, KML, plus GOES and Landsat)
  • Topic #3: Online government and commercial data delivery portals (e.g., Geocomm.com, US Census Bureau, NationalAtlas.gov, Center for LiDAR Information Coordination and Knowledge (CLICK), Landsat Global Informatiion Viewer (GLOVIS), NOAA Satellite and Information Service
  • Topic #4: Primary and secondary data
  • Topic #5: Demo - ArcMap 10.6 interface, important components, common tasks
  • Topic #6: Hand out 'ArcMap Basics' homework assignment (hard copy provided in class). THIS WILL COUNT AS LAB THREE. POST ANSWERS ON LAB THREE WEB PAGE.
  • IN-CLASS LAB TIME: BEGIN LAB THREE - ArcMap Basics
  • Due by 5:00 pm Sunday, Mar. 3: ArcMap basics homework (10 questions / answers) posted to your Lab Three web page

Week 7: Mar 5 (DRESS FOR THE WEATHER)!

  • Topic #1: Primary and secondary data
  • Topic #1: GPS background / theory
  • Topic #3: Demo - ArcMap 10.6 interface, important components, common tasks
  • Topic #5: Hand out 'ArcMap Basics' homework assignment (hard copy provided in class)
  • Topic #2: Configure Garmin eTrex 20x GPS receiver as per in-class handout
  • Topic #3: Practice with GPS receiver > collect ONE waypoint at fire hydrant, return to classroom, write lat. / long. on board
  • Topic #4: Group field work: WITH PROPERLY CONFIGURED GPS RECEIVER, collect 10 waypoints across campus using a hard-copy of large scale (i.e., zoomed-in) GE image of UCCS campus as a guide. Take handout with you.
  • Topic #5: Via USB cable, transfer waypoints from GPS receiver into Garmin BaseCamp software. Export to .csv format. Clean up Excel file as per handout.
    • BEFORE THIS FRIDAY, MAR 8: Email (from UCCS account) Brandon your group's Excel file for review - ALL GROUP members Cced (included) on email.
  • Topic #6: In-class Q/A for next week's TEST ONE
  • NO LAB DUE NEXT WEEK
  • TEST ONE IS NEXT WEEK - STUDY

Week 8: Mar 12

  • Topic #1: TEST ONE
  • For next week: Nothing due

Week 9: Mar 19

  • Topic #1: Image file compression (lossy, lossless; run-length code, quadtree)
  • Topic #2: What is the goal of Lab Four? Georectification
  • IN-CLASS LAB TIME: BEGIN LAB FOUR - GPS and GIS - USING CONTROL POINTS COLLECTED IN THE FIELD TO GEOREFERENCE A .JPG OF THE UCCS CAMPUS
  • Due by 5pm Sun., Mar. 24: Lab Four (posted to your class website)

Mar 26 (SPRING BREAK)


Week 10: Apr 2

  • Topic #1: Goals of map use (cartography cubed)
  • Topic #2: Geovisualization theory and practice
  • Topic #3: Case Study: Lightning patterns across Colorado
  • IN-CLASS LAB TIME: BEGIN LAB FIVE - GEOVISUALIZATION AND PATTERN DISCOVERY - DRAPING GEOLOGY AND CULTURAL FEATUERS OVER TOPOGRAPHY
  • Due by 5pm Sun., Apr. 7: Lab Five (posted to your class website)

Week 11: Apr 9

  • Topic #1: Remote sensing (RS) basics - electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and the electromagnetic spectrum, platforms, RS sensor eras, DNs, geostationary vs. polar-orbiting satellites, four resolutions, active/passive RS, applications, NDVI
  • IN-CLASS LAB TIME: BEGIN LAB SIX - REMOTE SENSING - IDRISI: USING LANDSAT IMAGERY AND NDVI TO DISTINGUISH VEGETATION NEAR PUEBLO, COLORADO
  • Due by 5pm Sun., Apr.. 14: Lab Six (posted to your class website)

Week 12: Apr 16

  • Topic #1: Geomorphometry / Digital Terrain Modeling
  • Topic #2: Techniques for measuring the complexity of lines and surfaces in digital environments
  • IN-CLASS LAB TIME: BEGIN LAB SEVEN - MARKETING OUTDOOR RECREATION IN CHAFFEE COUNTY, COLORADO THROUGH QUERIES, CLIPS, AND JOINS
  • Due by 5pm Sun., Apr. 21:Lab Seven (posted to your class website)

Week 13: Apr 23

  • Topic #1: Spatial analysis: Local (pixel) and neighborhood (roving windows) operations
  • IN-CLASS LAB TIME: BEGIN LAB EIGHT - SPATIAL ANALYSIS AND DEMS - MOUNTAIN GEOGRAPHY: INVESTIGATION OF COLORADO FOURTEENERS PIXEL BY PIXEL
  • Due by 5pm Sun., Apr. 28: Lab Eight (posted to your class website)
  • NOTE: BRING A LAPTOP TO CLASS NEXT WEEK

Week 14: Apr 30

  • Topic #1: Interpolation - a few methods
  • Topic #2: In class, complete one of the two exercises below - all instructions are are found in Canvas (see '4/30/2019 SfM or LiDAR Interpolation In Class Exercise Spring 2019'):
    • 1. Structure from Motion (SfM) exercise: Use PhotoScan stand-alone software (get 30-day free trial) and your phone to create a 3D model of an object. Create a web page named 'sfm.html' (see handout posted in Canvas for all info.)
    • 2. Interpolation of Airborne and Terrestrial Lidar Data exercise: Create a web page named 'lidar.html' (see handout posted in Canvas for all info.)
  • Due by 5pm Sun., May 5:Email to Brandon a link to your working web page (fully online - NOT on your z drive), which will be either ../ges2050/web/sfm.html or ../ges2050/web/lidar.html

Week 15: May 7

  • Topic #1: NOVA Archaeology / Landsat video
  • Topic #2: Four TED Talks
  • Topic #3: Test Two review
  • For next week: TEST TWO IS NEXT WEEK - STUDY

Week 16: May 14

Contact Brandon

  • 719.255.5146
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  • bvogt@uccs.edu
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  • 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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