Spring 2010

Geological and Environmental Analysis of Landscapes

Listed in: Geology, as GEOL-36


William B. Ouimet (Section 01)


Over earth history landscapes have been created by geological and environmental processes. By analyzing modern landscapes we can deduce the process that acted in the past to produce these landscapes as well as the processes that act upon them today. In this course, we will use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing to create and analyze spatial databases that describe the Earth’s surface. This course will be a project-based introduction to GIS, remote sensing, and image interpretation for geologic applications and environmental analysis. A mixture of lecture and project/lab work will explore the data (air photos, Digital Elevation Models, satellite imagery, land-use maps, geologic maps, etc.) and the methods (GIS, image analysis, etc.) involved in making observations and developing interpretations regarding geologic processes, landforms and environmental change. Case studies and project data will be drawn from the local landscape, as well as landscapes of interest to the students and professor. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory each week.

Limited to 21 students.  Spring semester.  Visiting Professor Ouimet.


Lab science course, Writing attentive


2015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010