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Exploring the Ocean Environment: GIS Investigations for the Earth Sciences (with CD-ROM)by Michelle K. Hall-wallace
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EXPLORING THE OCEAN ENVIRONMENT is the latest in a series of GIS Investigation Guides for the Earth Sciences, developed by The SAGUARO Project team. These Guides are designed to be modular, with instructor flexibility in mind, and are recommended for use either as a component of the regular laboratory sessions or as homework assignments. Each of the Guides in the SAGUARO GIS Investigations series leads students in "active learning" through a set of exercises in which students are asked to first explore, then analyze, and finally elaborate on the information from a robust GIS dataset using ArcView« GIS software. This investigation guide lets even novice users tap the power of ArcView« GIS to explore, manipulate, and analyze scientific data, while minimizing the need to master a complex software package. By focusing on teaching with GIS rather than about it, this flexible teaching resource motivates and enables students to "learn by doing." The GIS information has been preprocessed into ready-to-use maps and legends, and some ArcView« procedures have been automated to allow students to focus primarily on the science content. Extensive classroom testing of these GIS Investigations has shown a 10-17 percent increase in student understanding of subject content and spatial skills over traditional methods. Each copy of the text includes a CD containing unlimited access to the SAGUARO projects and data, and a FREE 120-day time-locked version of the ArcView« software to allow students to complete the investigations at home. An extensive Instructor's Manual provides assistance for instructors on incorporating GIS activities into the classroom.
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The 21 activities in this workbook explore recent scientific data using a computer and geographic information system (GIS) software to help students recognize and interpret nature's fundamental patterns. The four units examine the topography and age patterns of the ocean floor, ocean currents, energy transfer between the ocean and the atmosphere, and marine productivity. No index is provided. The CD-ROM contains 120-day version of ArcView GIS software.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This modular, four-part, groundbreaking series is written, and has been extensively class-tested, by Michelle Hall-Wallace and the SAGUARO Project team at Science Education Solutions, Inc. GIS INVESTIGATIONS FOR THE EARTH SCIENCES are designed with precise, step-by-step directions to let even novice users "learn by doing" as they utilize the power of the ArcView GIS application to explore, manipulate, and analyze large data sets. The earth sciences activities emphasize comprehensive learning and focus on connecting patterns to Earth processes. Each new copy of a GIS INVESTIGATIONS contains a CD with unlimited access to the SAGUARO projects and data as well as a FREE 120-day time-locked dual-platform version of the ArcView software. An Instructor's Manual for each of the four GIS INVESTIGATIONS texts provides detailed assistance for instructors on incorporating GIS activities into the classroom or lab.
Don't just read about GIS! Learn GIS by using it with EXPLORING THE OCEAN ENVIRONMENT: GIS INVESTIGATIONS FOR THE EARTH SCIENCES and its accompanying CD-ROM. With this GIS textbook, you'll be guided through a set of exercises where you'll first explore, then analyze, then use GIS technology yourself to interpret scientific data. Plus, with ready-to-use maps and legends, along with powerful study tools, this GIS earth science textbook gets you on the fast track to success on the test as well.
About the Author
Michelle Hall-Wallace and The SAGUARO Project team have developed these materials at the University of Arizona over the course of the last few years. Using funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), they have thoroughly class tested the materials at both the college and high school level. Michelle is a professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona, recently ranked as the seventh best geology department in the United States. The co-authors have worked with Hall-Wallace on the development and programming for these guides on a full-time basis under the NSF grant.
Table of Contents
Unit 1: THE OCEAN BASINS. Bathymetry and Plate Tectonics. Unit 2: OCEANS IN MOTION. Surface and Thermohaline Currents. Unit 3: OCEAN-ATMOSPHERE INTERACTIONS. Global Energy Balance, Climate, and El Nio and La Nia Events. Unit 4: MARINE PRODUCTIVITY. Distribution and Elements of Marine Productivity. Unit 5: OCEANS AND SOCIETY. Historic Voyages and Marine Hazards.
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