Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Natural Resources

Venue: Falls Church

Location: Falls Church, Virginia, United States

Event Date/Time: Jun 07, 2004 End Date/Time: Jun 09, 2004
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Natural resources are distributed spatially across large areas. The interactions between elements of ecosystems and the humans who use and manage them are tremendously complex. This explains why natural resource professionals were among the first to exploit computer technologyfor spatial data management and analysis. Modern geographic information systems (GIS) provide incredible power for collating and manipulating spatial data, and for communicating the resulting information to a variety of audiences. Massive quantities of resource-related spatial data are readily available and have fueled the explosion of GIS applications in natural resources.

This course is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts of GIS to natural resource professionals. Types and sources of spatial data are described and examples of typical GIS operations are demonstrated.