Spatial Analysis Laboratory

Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Lab and Research Facilities

The Department’s Spatial Analysis Laboratory, located in BSB Room 2167, is a teaching lab equipped with 20 networked PC workstations with lab licenses for the leading GIS and remote sensing softwares: ArcGIS 10, ArcView 3.2, and ERDAS IMAGINE 9.3. The Lab includes 2 large-format digitizers, a large-format inkjet plotter, and a desktop optical scanner. Students can learn to use this equipment through several courses offered by the department each semester. Their descriptions follow below.

The department also maintains remote-sensing field equipment for its faculty and student research, including a GSSI SIR-2000 Ground Penetrating Radar system with GSSI’s RADAN 3-D rendering software; a GEM Systems GSM-19TGW Proton Gradiometer (magnetometer), and a Trimble Pathfinder global position systems (GPS) system with Pathfinder Office software.

Affiliated Programs

The Department is affiliated with the Field Museum, which maintains its own GIS facilities. For further information, visit the page for the Field Museum Laboratory for GIS and Remote Sensing.

Course Offerings (all courses are joint undergraduate-graduate level and include hands-on computer lab section)

GEOG 477 - Remote Sensing of the Environment - 4h only (Same as ANTH 477)

Principles and practices of processing and interpretation of remotely-sensed imagery including aerial photographs, radar and multispectral satellite images, and use of image-processing software.

GEOG 481 - Geographic Information Systems I - 4h only (Same as ANTH 481)

Components and performance properties of geographic information systems. Geographic hierarchies and data structures. Problems and solutions in handling large geographic files.

GEOG 482 - Geographic Information Systems II - 4h only (Same as ANTH 482)
Application of raster (or grid) based geographic information systems to the spatial analysis of landscapes.

GEOG 485 - Computer Cartography - 4h only (Same as ANTH 485)
The fundamentals of cartography and cartographic design. The use of state-of-the-art, Windows-based computer mapping software for querying and displaying cartographic data contained in GIS databases.

GEOG 486 - Analysis of Geographic Patterns - 4h only (Same as ANTH 486)

The application of spatial statistics to the analysis of point and polygon distributions. Includes topics such as hot spot analysis, pattern recognition and geographically weighted regression.

For additional information contact:

Robert Hasenstab by email or telephone at (312) 413-9577.