Essential Modeling Techniques for Geospatial Analysis Using ArcGIS - An Intermediate-Level GIS Workbook


In the spring of 2010, the Humboldt State University formed the Geospatial Task Force to improve the geospatial curriculum. Assigned to develop a practical series of Geospatial courses that would serve students across multiple programs, two primary areas of assessment were considered. First, the existing curriculum was evaluated for redundancy and overlap. Second, professional requirements were identified to eliminate obsolete content and replace it with relevant job skills. As a member of the Geospatial Task Force, I conducted interviews with both alumni and students to gain first-hand insight into our assessment goals. The consensus from those who had experience with geospatial courses at HSU was that the Intermediate Geographic Information Systems course was outdated and lacked relevancy in terms of job skills and modern analytical methods. This assessment was confirmed when course content was evaluated based on standards defined in the U.S. Department of Labor Geospatial Technology Competency Model. This book is the result of the work and development that followed over the years following the Geospatial Task Force recommendation. Here, readers will find an introduction to several geospatial modeling techniques. Though some tutorials presented here cover similar concepts, each represents a complete and independent exercise. The modeling techniques shown here only scratch the surface of what is possible for each. The intent is to introduce readers to a varied array of geospatial modeling techniques and to prepare students for more advanced work. I sincerely hope that by working through these tutorials, you will develop the skills you need to be successful in the workplace. 

—Nicolas R. Malloy


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