GEOL 376 Geospatial Field Methods



July 31 - August 14, 2010 - Three credits


Rapid City, SD

Application Deadline March 15, 2010

Cost: $1,395.00 undergraduate and graduate.  Cost includes tuition, fees, and daily transportation to the site.  Cost does not include meals and lodging in Sundance Rapid City

Instructor:  Dr. Maribeth Price

Enrollment Cap:  11

Prerequisites:  Students should have a previous GIS course using ArcGIS, or have equivalent work experience.

 This course introduces students to field techniques associated with GIS, GPS, and remote sensing.  It integrates practical field-based skills with the theoretical underpinnings through several real-life data collection and analysis projects.   Key topics include:

         Designing robust sampling strategies for collecting field data

         Using GPS equipment for field data collection

         Assessing the accuracy and quality of spatial data

         Integrating GIS, GPS, and remotely sensed data

The course begins at 1pm on Saturday July 31, and end on August 14, Saturday at 1:00 PM. It will include lectures, computer laboratory work, and field work in the beautiful Black Hills.  Moderate hiking and outdoor exertion will be expected on field days.  Some evening reading and/or lab work may be needed to complete assignments.  All necessary equipment and software are provided, although participants may bring their own laptops and/or GPS equipment if they wish.  Transportation from SDSM&T to field sites will also be provided.

Students will make their own arrangements for lodging and meals during the course, including bringing a lunch on field days.  Participants who reside outside the Rapid City area may inquire about dorm accommodations by contacting School of Mines ResLife

For more information Contact:

Dr. Maribeth H. Price, Chair

Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

501 E. St. Joseph St.  Rapid City, SD  57701

Office:  605-394-1290  Dept Office:  605-394-2461


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