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EVR 4930 Environmental Modeling with GIS Department of Environmental Science Policy and Geography University of South Florida St Petersburg Fall 2007 1000 7 1045 Wednesday 1000 7 1200 Or by appointment Thursday 1000 7 1200 Monday 7 200 7 300 Friday 130 7 300 Or Prerequisites GEO 4151C and GEO 3180C Or Consent of the instructor Course Description This is an upperdivision undergraduate course The objective of this course is to examine the use of geographic information systems GIS for the environmental modeling An important goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of the power and application of GIS to computerbased spatial models for the environment Students will be exposed to a range of spatial analytic and modeling tools and applications intrinsic to GIS in applied formats through seminar style presentations and discussions of assigned articles and reports The focus of the course will be applied and analytical aspects of GIS on environmental modeling with some treatment of technical issues related to data sources data types data analysis and modeling techniques specific to environmental data Students will not only learn the basic concepts of GISbased environmental modeling and data interpolation techniques they will also be exposed to the current state of spatial modelstechniques to manage our environment Upon completion of this course students will be familiar with the scope of GIS application in environmental modeling they will also have handson experience with GIS application for environmental modeling They will also be exposed to the environmental models such as RUSLE Basins Better assessment of Source and Nonpoint Source pollution by the EPA either through class projects or indepth discussionlecture of case studies 1 Ring the doorbell if the main door is locked Required Text 1 Required GIS and Environmental Modeling by Eds Clarke 2 Required Exploring the Water Resources 3 Requiredavailable Via blackboard in pdf Modeling our world by Michael Zeiler Suggested Text 4 Suggested Exploring the Ocean Environment 5 Suggested Exploring the Dynamic Earth 6 Suggested Exploring the Tropical Cyclones 7 Suggested Spatial Reasoning by J K Berry Course Components Introduction to fundamental concepts of GIS and Environmental Modeling 2 Handson experience working on different module to learn about GIS application for Environmental Modeling Exposure to different environmental models with GIS Calculation of parameters for RUSLE Understanding andor applications of the critical concepts of watershed scale models Working on class projects and lab exercises Seminar style discussion and participation 0 8095 Term projectpaper Course Requirements In addition to regular lecture discussion in class seminar style presentation and discussion is a critical component of this class This facilitates learning All students are expected to complete the required readings and to participate in the seminars This course requires you to complete 1 Term Project and multiple lab exercises assignments andor class projects There will be 1 midterm and 1 final ExercisesHomework and class projects Exerciselab work will be assigned almost every week over the course of the term which will comprise 40 of your grade We will use Blackboard to assign the exerciseshomework and announce due dates You will learn skills necessary to complete your Term Project Seminar Presentation Each week a seminar style presentation will be led by one student in which we will discuss a specific paper All students are expected to complete the required readings and to participate in the seminars Note that 20 of your final grade will be allocated to the seminar presentationparticipation To encourage dialogue 5 of your final grade will also be allocated to seminar participation and 15 for leading the discussion Grading for the seminar presentations will be based upon four criteria 1 statement of the paper objectives 2 the main points and conclusions of the paper 3 issues of interest or concern raised by the seminar leaders and 4 organization Exams There will be 1 midterm take home and 1 nal for this course Exams may comprise of lab exercises as well as theory Term ProjectPaper During the semester 1 term projectpaper will be assigned You will have about 5 weeks to complete This will comprise 15 of your final grade Class Grading Lab ExerciseClass Projects 40 Term projectpaper 15 Midterml 15 Seminar Presentation 15 Seminar Participation 5 Final 10 Total 100 Grading Scale gt 96 A 90 95 A 85 7 89 B 80 7 84 B 75 7 79 C 70 7 74 C 65 7 69 D 60 7 64 D lt60 F Attendance Policy If you miss your scheduled seminar discussion you as the leader your grade will be affected If you miss a class due to circumstance beyond your control you are required to notify me in your earliest convenience You will not loose point if you miss a class for reasons beyond your control you as the participant You must inform me at your earliest convenience and you are highly encouraged to weigh the opportunity costs of missing a class as lectures will greatly aid in understanding of the material Please arrange to get notes from other students Please note that notes or tapes from this class are not for sale Students who anticipate the necessity of being absent from class due to the major observation of a major religious observance must inform me Academic Dishonesty While class projects and term projects may usually be worked on in groups each student is expected to turn in hisher own copy of report written in his her own words Blatant copying will result in zeros on all involved reports No exception or excuses Please refer to 2007 7 2008 student handbook for detailed discussion Make Up Exams Make up exams may be permitted and must be arranged prior to the exam unless it is an emergency However you should inform me at the earliest opportunity Other Notes Students taking this course come from a variety of backgrounds It is hoped that all students will share thoughts and experience in order to make this a very enjoyable class for everyone This course requires more time commitment outside of class than most courses This time investment is necessary to acquire mastery of the tasks assigned Week Date Topics Week 1 8272007 What is environmental modeling with GIS Introduction Course outline Course requirements Grades Week2 932007 No class Labor Day Week 3 9102007 Modeling the environment with GIS History of GIS and environmental modeling The evolution of GIS The coupling debate How maps inform Utility of maps Raster data and vector data Reading Chapter 1 Clarke et al Article by Goodchild page 8 Article by Karimi and Houston Class Project Water Resources Module Exercises Measuring Global Water Finding the suitable location for reservoir Week 4 9172007 Fundamentals of GIS GIS Data Representation Fundamentals of GIS Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 9242007 1012007 10 82007 Diverse Application of GIS Representation of the world Modeling surfaces Modeling imaged or sampled data Modeling discrete features Comparing Spatial data representation Reading Chapter 3 Zieler Class ProjectExercises Edge effect analys landuse Surface Water Flow Water Harvesting Modeling with GIS Linear modeling with lines Cellbased modeling with raster Surface modeling with TINs Reading Chapters 2 pages 41 7 43 9 and 10 Zieler Article by Goodchild page 94 Class Project Working with Topology Exercises Network Analysis Watershed Topolgy Environmental Modeling Frameworks Paradigms and Approaches Typology of environmental Modeling The nature of environmental modeling Complex environmental systems Environmental phenomena and complex systems Modeling with computer Reading Chapter 2 Clarke et al Class Project Assessment of Wild Fire Risk Exercisehomework Assessment of Wild Fire Risk I Assessment of Wild Fire Risk 11 Spatial Decision Support Systems and Environmental Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 10152007 10222007 10292007 Modeling An application approach A exible multiuse spatial decision support system Applications of SDSS using Environmental Models Reading Chapter 3 Clarke et a1 Article by Gogu et a1 Class Project Exploring Environment Exercises Assessing the Hurricane Riskl Assessing Hurricane Risk II MIDTERM I Assign GIS Data Sources and Measurement Technologies a Environmental modeling data and GIS b Data types sources and issues c Remotely sensed data and data capture d GPS data accuracy and precision e Data access and data distribution Reading Chapter 4 Clarke et a1 Article by Burrough et a1 page 29 Class ProjectExercises Habitat Suitability Modelss Development calibration and validation of models a From the real world to abstract models b Modeling goals c Model Structure d Calibration of models e Validation of models f Case Study SWAT Reading Chapter 5 Clarke et a1 Article by Jayakrishnan et a1 Class ProjectExercises Global Precipitation Pattern Seasonal Temperature Variation Dynamic systems modeling and four dimensional GIS Week 1 1 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 1 152007 1 1 122007 1 1 192007 1 1262007 a Spacetime modeling in a GIS context b Models and modeling c Time dimension and the GIS d Modeling spacetime systems Reading Chapters 6 and 7 Clarke et al Class ProjectExercises What if the Ice Sheet Melted Hurricane risk III MIDTERM I Due Modeling Physical Systems a Physical processes in Environmental Modeling b Models and GIS c Case study RUSLE Reading Chapter 8 Clarke et al Article by Van Remortel Class Project Work with Software ArcGIS9 RUSLE No Class Veterans Day Modeling Physical systems GUEST Lecture Dr Karlin 39 J quot to ArcHydro Class ProjectExercises Time series in ArcHydro RUSLE continues Reading Article by Shi et al Integrative Environmental Modeling and Visualization of Environmental data a Interaction between models b Uncertainty analysis and model integration c Approaches to model integration d User Interface Issues Reading Chapters 9 and 11 Clarke et al Article by Burrough et al Class ProjectExercise RUSLE Week 15 12032006 GIS and Environmental modeling where next Introduction to Basins Class Project Exercises Distance Analysis Cost Surface Analysis Reading Chapter 12 Clarke et a1 Articles by Corwin et a1 Week 16 12102007 FINAL I reserve the right to modi l the schedule if n ecessary In that unlikely case postings on the Black Board website will take precedence over this schedule
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