University of Colorado at Boulder

 

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Geographic Information Science


GIS, cartography, and remote sensing

Geographers have an ongoing concern with the acquisition, manipulation, and representation of spatial data. The widespread adoption of digital technology coupled with management of very large spatial data sets has led to the development of Geographic Information Science. Particularly with respect to digital information, the nature of geographical data that vary with scale, time, and spectral characteristics presents unique problems for geographers and environmental scientists. In our world of massive amounts of information, geographers use remote sensing methods for collecting and integrating geographical data. They utilize cartography and geographic information systems to uncover spatial patterns and trends, to reconstruct past environmental conditions and to predict future scenarios. The use of such methods requires expertise not covered in human and physical geography concentrations. Conceptually, the societal, political and ethical implications of geographic information in policy and decision-making are only beginning to be understood, and this forms an important component of study in geographic information science. The dissemination of geographic knowledge at all levels of education forms another important component of this concentration.

Faculty teaching and/or performing research in geographic information science

Barbara
Buttenfield
GIS; Cartographic Generalization; Multi-Scale Databases GIScience
Stefan
Leyk
GIScience, uncertainty modeling, small area estimation, cartographic pattern recognition GIScience
Seth
Spielman
Urban Geography, Medical Geography, Spatial Statistics, GIScience Human
GIScience

Graduate Students in geographic information science

12 students total. TIP: To sort by more than one column, hold down the shift key while clicking an additional column header.

Name Degree     Specialties Advisor
Anderson-Tarver, Christopher Ph.D. GIS Science Buttenfield
Cunningham, Angela Ph.D. landscape and historiography Spielman
Getman, Daniel Ph.D. renewable energy; computational geography Spielman
Hardin, Andrew M.A. remote sensing; GIS; programming Spielman
Jochem, Warren Ph.D. GIS; disease ecology & spatial epidemiology Root
Maclaurin, Galen Ph.D. Spatial & temporal modeling; GIS; remote sensing; spatial statistics; demographic modeling Leyk
Norlund, Petra Ph.D. Geographic Information Science Leyk
Stauffer, Andrew M.A. cartograhic generalization; GIS Buttenfield
Stum, Alexander Ph.D. spatial predictive model, GIS Leyk
Tuccillo, Joseph M.A. land-use change; spatial demography; sustainable urbanism; GIScience Spielman
Yilmaz, Bunyamin M.A. watershed management; avalanche control Williams
Zoraghein, Hamidreza Ph.D. GIScience; spatial statistics; small area estimation Leyk

GEOG courses related to geographic information science.

Caution: These lists are incomplete.

Spring 2014

Num Num Sect Title Hrs   Instructor
3053 Cartographic Design 4 Smith
4103 5103 Intro to Geographic Information Science 4 Buttenfield
4110 5100 Special Topics: Advanced Remote Sensing 4 Abdalati
4303 5303 GIS Programming for Spatial Analysis 4 Leyk
5113 001 Seminar - GIS 3 Leyk

 

Fall 2013

Num Num Sect Title Hrs   Instructor
3053 Cartographic Design 4 Smith
3930 5930 Internship 3 Travis
4103 5103 Intro to Geographic Information Science 4 Leyk
4173 Research Seminar 3 Travis
4203 5203 GIS Modeling Applications 4 Buttenfield

 

Undergrad Courses Applicable to a Concentration in Geographic Information Science

1000- and 2000-level courses in physical and human geography are prerequisites to all upper-division courses listed below. Additional prerequisites may be listed or permission of instructor required.  

GEOG 2053  Mapping a Changing World 
GEOG 3023  Statistics for Earth Sciences 
GEOG 3053  Cartography: Visualization and Information Design (Restricted to Jr/Sr GEOG/ENVS major) 
GEOG 3093  Geographic Interpretation of Aerial Photographs 
GEOG 4023  Intro to Quantitative Methods in Human Geography (Prereq: GEOG 3023 or equivalent) 
GEOG 4043  Cartography 2: Interactive and Multimedia Mapping  (Prereq: GEOG 3053)  
GEOG 4083  Mapping from Remotely Sensed Imagery (Prereq: GEOG 3093, 4093 or equivalent) 
GEOG 4093  Remote Sensing of the Environment  
GEOG 4103  Introduction to Geographic Information Science (Prereq: GEOG 2053, 3053 or equivalent) 
GEOG 4160  Teaching Geography 
GEOG 4203  Geographic Information Science: Modeling Applications 2 (Prereq: GEOG 4103/5103) 
GEOG 4173  Research Seminar** (Restricted to Sr GEOG/ENVS major) 
GEOG 4303  Geographic Information Science: Programming  (Prereq: 4103 or 5103) 
GEOG 4383  Methods of Vegetation Analysis (Prereq or Coreq: GEOG 4371) 
GEOG 4983  Field Problems  (Restricted to Jr/Sr Geography major)   

**core curriculum course 

 

Undergrad Courses in other Departments Related to Geographic Information Science

Caution: These courses do not count as hours in the Geography Major. 
Check with the appropriate department for the prerequisites for these courses. 

Cartography
CSCI   1200   Introduction. to Programming 1 
ENVD   4152   Computer Graphic Applications 
MATH   4270   Computer Geometry  

Geographical Information Systems: 
CSCI   1200   Introduction. to Programming 1 
CSCI   3287   Database & Information. Systems  

Remote Sensing:  
CSCI   1200   Introduction. to Programming  
CVEN   3032   Photogrammetry  
MATH   1300   Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1** 
MATH   2300   Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2**  
MATH   2400   Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3** 

Geography Education
COMM  1300   Public Speaking  
CSCI   1200   Introduction to Programming  
EDUC   ****    Courses for elementary and secondary social studies certification 

**core curriculum course 

Selected Publications by Faculty and Graduate Students associated with geographic information science

Faculty

 Stefan Leyk

Leyk S., Maclaurin G.J., Hunter L.M., Nawrotzki R., Twine W., Collinson M. and Erasmus B. (2012). Spatially and Temporally Varying Associations Between Temporary Outmigration and Natural Resource Availability in Resource-Dependent Rural Communities in South Africa: A Modeling Framework. Applied Geography 34:559-568 .

Leyk S., Norlund P.U., Nuckols J.R. (2012). Robust Assessment of Spatial Non-Stationarity in Model Associations Related to Pediatric Mortality due to Diarrheal Disease in Brazil. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology 3:95-105.

Leyk S., Buttenfield B.P. and Nagle N.N. (in press). Modeling Ambiguity in Census Microdata Allocations to Improve Demographic Small Area Estimates. Transactions in GIS.

Leyk S., Buttenfield B.P., Nagle N.N. and Stum A.K. (in press). Establishing Relationships Between Parcel Data and Landcover for Demographic Small Area Estimation. Cartography and Geographical Information Science.

Leyk S., Nagle N.N. and Buttenfield B.P. (in press). Maximum Entropy Dasymetric Modeling for Demographic Small Area Estimation Under Uncertainty. Geographical Analysis.

 Seth Spielman

Spielman, S.E. and Yoo, E-H. (2009). The Spatial Dimensions of Neighborhood Effects. Social Science and Medicine, 68(6).

Erdemir, E. T., Batta R., Spielman S. E., Rogerson P., et. al. (2008). Optimization of aeromedical base locations in New Mexico. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 40(3) .

Spielman, S.E. and Thill, J.C. (2008). Social Area Analysis, Data Mining, and GIS. Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems, 32(2) .

Spielman, S. E. (2006). Appropriate use of the K-function in Urban Environments (Letter). American Journal of Public Health, 96(2).

Spielman, S.E., Golembeski, C.A., Northridge, M.E., et al. (2006). Interdisciplinary Planning for Healthier Communities: Findings from the Harlem Children's Zone Asthma Initiative. Journal of the American Planning Association, 72(1). .


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