Published: February 4, 2021
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By: Don Chavez, Cal Poly Pomona
Category: Computer Science
Hashtags: #ESRI #geospatial #gis_application #landscapeanalysis #landscapearchitecture #Programming
This course we as students taken focuses on the close relationship between GIS and Environmental Design that has been established more than half a century ago. The integration of what we learned about spatial thinking became the focus on what occurs on the earth surface, and the goal is to analyze the natural and social systems to support decision-making are all common concerns of GIS and Environmental Design. Historically and currently, for instance, in the process of development, landscape architects have brought important contribution to the development of GIS in both academia and the GIS industry. For us as the new generation of environmental design students, GIS is not simply a tool that can help you collect, manage and analyze landscape information, but also became an important way of thinking and a systematic approach that helps understanding the underlying process of natural and social systems.
The overarching goal of this course we've taken is to empower us environmental design students with up-to-date geographic information knowledge, principles, technologies, skills and tools in the practice of geodesign. We have develop a practical experience and skills for the representation of inventories, evaluation of the status quote, involvement of natural and social process, monitoring and proposing change, and an understanding assessment of impacts of changes along different dimensions of a comprehensive landscape system.
In the course, the instructor(s) have reshape the general GIS knowledge and the general applications to fit the need of planners and designers, who can apply such knowledge and technologies to conduct fundamental geospatial analyses and modeling to support decision-making in their practice. The topic lecture with background theories and practical application examples, in class demonstration and exercises, off class assignments and project were designed to help us understand fundamental GIS theories, principles and models, and develop practical skills of using mainstream GIS packages such as ESRI ArcGIS to handle and analyze geospatial data and apply them in solving a variety of design and planning problems.