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1 Introduction to Geographic Information System Qian Yu Department of Geosciences

2 Outline What is GIS? GIS data format Understanding scale Global Positioning System GIS application MassGIS data MassGIS data viewer Google Earth

3 Digitizing Our World Two types of information: Location Attribute Attribute Information: What is it? Species: Oak Height: 15m Age: 75 Yrs Location Information: Where is it? 51°N, 112°W After: ESRI, 2001

4 What is GIS? GI System: A GIS is an immensely powerful computer mapping and analysis system. It links geographic locations with information about them so you can create maps and analyze information in new ways. Techniques for acquisition, storage, manipulation, analysis, and display of spatial data. GI Science: research with GIS (Applied Science)

5 Subsystems of GIS Input System digitizing, scanning, GPS Database Management System Geographic Analysis System Output System Software Tools Software Tools Database + GIS Results or Simplification Abstraction The real world

6 GIS data format - Geographic Data Representation Raster Vector Point Line Polygon X-Axis Y-Axis Pt 1 Poly 1 Poly 2 Line 1 Pt 1BuildingOwner… Line 1HouseLength… Poly 1FirArea Poly 2PineArea 1 - River 2 - Pine 3 - Fir 4 - House

7 Scale Scale: the ratio of the distance on a map to that on the ground between the same two points, in the same units. Three way to express the scale of a map Representative fraction 1:1,000,000 Statement scale One millimeter to one kilometer Bar scale Larger scale (ratio) maps show more detail. GIS data can be displayed at any scale, but GIS data should not be displayed beyond the accuracy at which the data was developed.

8 1:100,000 mid-scale 1:250,000 smaller scale 1:24,000 larger scale 1:62,500 1:250,000 1:24,000 More detail

9 Global Positioning System GPS a global satellite based radio-navigation system/technology, consisting of 24 orbiting satellites at an altitude of 20,000 km in space, in six different orbital paths/plane and their ground stations. 12 hours return interval for each satellite (2 complete orbits around the Earth in less than 24 hours). Functioning satellite GPS systems NAVSTAR

10 GPS components Satellite segment Control segment Tracking, communications, data gathering, integration, analysis… User segment GPS receivers

11 Why is GIS important? Overlay visualization or modeling Map production Integration data sources Spatial analysis and modeling Exploration and prediction

12 The application of GIS is limited only by the imagination of those who use it. - Jack Dangermond Daily life Cartography Environmental management 3D visualization Modeling GIS Application

13 3-D Topography Pioneer Valley

14 Our daily life need GIS Driving direction GIS for showing where you are and the best route from A to B Locating a store GIS for mapping shops near you

15 Combing Data From Many Sources

16 3-D Display View large data sets seamlessly 3-D Virtual Model for Urban Planning 3D mine with well data 3D urban

17 Hydrodynamic Modeling: Downstream Flooding Sacramento, California, USA (From: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

18 GIS Data in MassGIS Base Map Data Vector (point/line/area) Features such as roads, streams, and political boundaries--relatively permanent, widely used features. In shape file or coverage Raster (image data) Black & White Digital Orthophotos, Scanned USGS Quads, and Coastal Color Orthophotos, Available in Tiff and MrSID formats. Environmental Data Developed, maintained and updated by EOEA and its agencies for the purpose of enforcing environmental regulations or in support of various types of environmental analysis.

19 MassGIS Runtime Data Viewer Stand-alone, "light," or scaled-down version of ArcView GIS With much of the map-making functionality Function: Display all the MassGIS data Change symbolization of the data and add annotation to the map Create a map layout with map elements such as a scale bar, north arrow, legend and title Conduct data query and analysis

20 Google Earth Client software of web GIS service. The planet's imagery and other geographic information are put on server and your computer retrieves data through internet real-time. Function: Fly from space to your neighborhood. Type in an address and zoom right in. Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions. Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings. Save and share your searches and favorites. Even add your own annotations.

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