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      Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 09:48:47 -0600
      From: Joseph J Kerski <jjkerski@...>
      Subject: [EdGIS] Exploring Mountain Environments and People with          GeoTechnologies
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      Announcing a class at the spectacular Mountain Studies Institute in Silverton, Colorado!


      INSTRUCTOR:          Joseph Kerski, PhD, Geographer, USGS



      Geotechnologies have been named by the US Department of Labor as one of the three top fields for the 21st Century.  Complex issues such as population growth, tourism, wildfires, mining reclamation, water quality, water availability, and landslides require Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technologies and methods to help understand how these issues are distributed spatially across the landscape.  With these tools, students can investigate how climate, people, watersheds, climate, vegetation, soils, landforms, geology, and ecosystems interact by using computerized maps, satellite images, and three-dimensional models of the landscape.  Field data and latitude-longitude locations will be collected and investigated as part of this hands-on immersion in geotechnologies. 

      Students will use GPS receivers and laptops equipped with GIS computer software.

      CREDIT:  1 semester hour re-licensure credit available from Colorado School of Mines

      TARGET AUDIENCE:  teachers; agency and local government employees

      LOCATION:  Mountain Studies Institute
      144 E. 10th St., P.O. Box 426, Silverton, Colorado (San Juan Mountains)


      Saturday, October 22

      9:00        Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Mountain Environments:  Including:  What is GIS?  What contribution can GIS make to education and management? 

      10:00  Hands-on investigation of population and transportation issues in mountain environments within a GIS-based, inquiry-driven environment

      11:30  Investigating topographic maps and aerial photographs; discussion of GPS, coordinate systems, and datums

      12:30        Lunch

      1:30        Depart for Field Study: Collect field data and location coordinates with         `Global Positioning System� (GPS) Receivers. 

      3:30        Analyzing topographic maps and Analyzing field data with GIS technologies

      5:00        Free time

      6:00         Dinner

      7:00        Seminar:  Using GIS to address complex issues in mountain         environments

      8:00        Introduction to tomorrow�s assignment

      8:30         free time

      Sunday, October 23

      8:00        Breakfast

      9:00        Hands-on investigation of hydrography and elevation using GIS

      10:30        Hands-on investigation of land cover using GIS

      11:30        Bringing it all together:  Geotechnologies in Education

      12:30  Working Lunch
      1:30        Presentation and discussion of projects

      3:00        Next steps:   Books, electronic resources, training

      3:30         Depart

      Attendance Policy:

      To receive credit, students must attend the full weekend.

      The grade scale will be:
      A - Below requirements plus outstanding participation and quality of work.

      B - Attendance at all sessions, active participation, and complete all assigned work

      No Credit - Does not meet above standards

      Disabilities Statement

      Reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities.

      Instructor Information

      Joseph Kerski has been a geographer with the U.S. Geological Survey since 1989 and has taught hundreds of courses and workshops dealing with application of geotechnologies in education and management.  Joseph earned a PhD in Geography, with emphasis in geography education and GIS, from the University of Colorado in 2000.  He is also the author of geography CD-ROMS, web pages, applications, and books.  His website is http://rockyweb.cr.usgs.gov/public/outreach/

      For more information about the Mountain Studies Institute:

      Koren Nydick                                                970-387-5161

      Mountain Studies Institute                                koren@...

      144 E. 10th St.                                        www.mountainstudies.org

      P.O. Box 426

      Silverton, CO 81433

      Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D.
      Geographer:  Education/GIS
      US Geological Survey
      Building 810 - Entrance W-5 - Room 3000
      Box 25046 - MS 507
      Denver CO  80225-0046 USA
      Voice 303-202-4315
      Fax    303-202-4137
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