Announcing a class at the spectacular Mountain Studies Institute in
EXPLORE 21ST CENTURY MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENTS, PEOPLE,
AND ISSUES USING GEOTECHNOLOGIES
Kerski, PhD, Geographer, USGS http://rockyweb.cr.usgs.gov/public/outreach/
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 (9 AM) TO SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 (3:30 PM)
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
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
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
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
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
Reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities.
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.
US Geological Survey
Building 810 - Entrance W-5 - Room 3000
Box 25046 - MS 507
Denver CO 80225-0046 USA
Fax 303-202-4137 http://rockyweb.cr.usgs.gov/public/outreach/
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