Synopses & Reviews
The popularity of geographic information system (GIS) software as a tool in the social and physical sciences is growing rapidly. These three modular investigation guides let even novice users tap the power of ArcView GIS to explore, manipulate, and analyze large data sets. Carefully designed and class tested, the guides emphasize the visualization, analysis, and multimedia integration capabilities inherent to GIS, while minimizing the need to master a complex software package. Exploring Water Resources make the nuts and bolts of using ArcView GIS transparent to your students. By focusing on teaching with GIS rather than teaching about it, you can incorporate GIS easily into homework, discussions, or lab sessions. This flexible teaching resource motivates and enables your students to "learn by doing" as they use a full complement of GIS capabilities. EXPLORING WATER RESOURCES: GIS INVESTIGATIONS FOR THE EARTH SCIENCES complements any introductory course in meteorology, oceanography, physical geography, natural hazards, Earth sciences, atmospheric science, and Earth systems science. The guide leads students through a set of exercises in which they are asked to explore, analyze, and then elaborate on the information extracted from a robust GIS dataset using ArcView, the dominant GIS software tool in the school and college market. The GIS information has been preprocessed into maps and legends, and some ArcView procedures have been automated so students can focus on the science content. Extensive classroom testing at both the college and high school levels shows that students have little difficulty using the ArcView data sets to perform the exercises.
The popularity of geographic information system (GIS) software as a tool in the social and physical sciences is growing rapidly. These three modular investigation guides let even novice users tap the power of ArcView
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: GLOBAL WATER RESOURCES. Water in the hydrosphere. Water in the atmosphere. Water in the cryosphere. Unit 2: THE RENEWABLE RESOURCE. The hydrologic cycle. Precipitation patterns. Air masses and global winds. Surface water. Major US watersheds. Unit 3: US WATER USE. Unit 4: A THIRSTY TOWN IN THE DESERT. Living in the arid zone. Welcome to Tucson, Arizona. Supply and demand. Water in the balance. Impacts on the aquifer. Conserving water. Developing a water plan.