Module GL3337: GIS and mapping techniques
|Co-ordinator:||Dr Chris Mark|
|Assessment:||In-course assessment (100%)|
Contact hours & timing:
|Lectures/Practicals||Weeks 28-30, nine hours per week|
Module Learning Aims
- To provide familiarity with basic geological applications of the ArcMap and QGIS software packages, as well as graphics editing in Inkscape;
- To create basemaps for geological fieldwork GL4401;
- To provide familiarity with basic aspects of analyzing and interpreting remotely-sensed data, such as digital elevation models and satellite imagery.
The module introduces two geographic information system programs: the industry-standard ArcMap, and the open-source QGIS. The functionality of these programs relevant to geological fieldwork is explored. The export of maps produced in these programs and editing using the open-source graphics editor Inkscape is covered, as is exporting and importing data to Google Earth. Remotely-acquired data, including elevation models and satellite imagery, will be analysed and the uses of this data to link local fieldwork to the bigger-scale regional interpretation will be explored.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- Produce basemaps suitable for geological fieldwork;
- Generate digital fair-copy geological maps from field data;
- Use remotely-acquired data to place field observations in a regional context.