Courses

ESS 103 - Environmental Earth Science Foundations & Applications
Introduction to environmental and earth sciences focusing on the foundations of all parts of the discipline and using hands-on lab exercises to communicate basic principles.  Students are also exposed to a wide range of techniques for data analysis and provided with the basics for effective presentation of scientific data and results.

ESS 413/513 - Introduction to GIS & Image Processing
Data processing with focus on ESRI’s ArcGIS and ENVI software packages.  Provides basic concepts central to GIS data management and creation, as well as those needed in the scientific manipulation of satellite imagery.  Topics include image interpretation, classification, enhancement, multispectral transformations, raster data, vector data, digitizing, projections, data query, and map creation.

ESS 414/514 - Geospatial Applications
Builds on basic concepts in GIS and Remote Sensing. Techniques in GIS are approached through real world case studies in applied earth sciences including, geology, ecology, natural disasters, demography, climate, and archaeology among others. Students learn to apply GIS technology to locate and download geospatial data, and address public policy and decision making questions through production of presentation-quality maps. Software emphasized includes: ESRI’s ArcGIS, ENVI, and MS Excel, among others.

ESS 415/515 - Advanced GIS
Advanced continuation of concepts applied in Geospatial Applications.  Students will learn through modules of real world scientific research how to use further tools in ArcGIS, including: 3D Analyst, Spatial Analyst, Network Analyst.  Topics will also include web data dissemination, spatiotemporal analysis, and some basic spatial statistics measures.

ESS 490/499 - Climate Change and Sustainability in Latin America
Through the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) in Panama City, Panama, students receive professional training, hands-on learning, cultural immersion, and experience how global climate change influences sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean. While in Panama, students/participants conduct supervised research projects, learn Spanish, explore Panama and live with host families.

ESS 610 - Land Use Applications & Sustainability (future)
Course is designed to address past, current, and future land use issues using remotely sensed data, image processing, and GIS.  The focus will be on international examples of sustainable and unsustainable land use practices in fields such as urbanization, agriculture, transportation, water management, natural resources exploitation, and commercial & industrial land uses.  The course will include in-class discussions of relevant current literature in addition to quantitative analyses of satellite and in situ datasets.

ESS 612 - Advanced GIS for Earth-Atmosphere Problems (future)
This course covers advanced GIS and remote sensing/image processing.  Discussion, guided readings, and group labs will allow advanced graduate students to interact with their peers and  instructor to develop  appropriate geospatial solutions to problems relevant to their thesis research.  Topics will change depending on the interests of the students in the class but will also cover appropriate research design, data collection, and analysis.  All students are expected to be at an advanced stage in geospatial analysis and GIS abilities.


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