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Academic Courses  l  Online Educational Resources

CIESIN regularly offers undergraduate and graduate courses through several different schools and departments at Columbia University, held at either the Morningside campus or the Lamont campus. CIESIN also provides a wide variety of online resources, including mapping tools, for K–12 teachers and students, college classrooms, and graduate-level education and research.

Academic Courses                   

FALL 2014

Title
: GIS for Sustainable Development
Course #: SDEV W3390.00
School: Columbia College
Instructor: Kytt MacManus
Description: A comprehensive overview of theoretical concepts underlying geographic information systems (GIS) as a foundation for practical GIS skills used in sustainable development research. Through a mixture of lectures, readings, focused discussions, and hands-on exercises, students will acquire an understanding of the variety and structure of spatial data and databases, gain knowledge of the principles behind raster- and vector-based spatial analysis, and learn basic cartographic principles for producing maps that effectively communicate a message. Students will also learn to use emerging Web-based mapping tools such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and similar tools to develop online interactive maps and graphics. The use of other geospatial technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) will also be explored.

Title: GIS for Sustainability Management
Course #:
SUMA K4205
School:
School of Continuing Education
Instructor:
Dara Mendeloff
Description:
A comprehensive overview of theoretical concepts underlying geographic information systems (GIS) and introduction to the practical GIS skills used in sustainability management. Through a mixture of lectures, readings, focused discussions, and hands-on exercises, students will acquire an understanding of the variety and structure of spatial data and databases, the principles behind raster- and vector-based spatial analysis, and basic cartographic techniques for producing maps that effectively communicate a message. Students will also learn to use newly emerging Web-based mapping tools such as ArcGIS Online, Google Earth, Google Maps, and similar tools to develop online interactive maps and graphics. The use of other geospatial technologies such as remote sensing and the global positioning system will also be explored. Case studies will draw from a wide range of GIS applications that assist in the design, implementation, and evaluation of sustainable development projects and programs. This course satisfies the quantitative analysis curriculum area requirement for the MS in Sustainability Management program.  

SPRING 2014

TitleGIS for Sustainable Development 
Course #: SDEV W3390
School: Columbia College
Instructor: Dara Mendeloff
Description: A comprehensive overview of theoretical concepts underlying geographic information systems (GIS) as a foundation for practical GIS skills used in sustainable development research. Through a mixture of lectures, readings, focused discussions, and hands-on exercises, students will acquire an understanding of the variety and structure of spatial data and databases, gain knowledge of the principles behind raster- and vector-based spatial analysis, and learn basic cartographic principles for producing maps that effectively communicate a message. Students will also learn to use emerging Web-based mapping tools such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and similar tools to develop online interactive maps and graphics. The use of other geospatial technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) will also be explored.


Title: Environmental Data Analysis  
Course #: ENVP U6224.001
School: School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Instructors: Kytt MacManus and Valentina Mara
Description: A rigorous look at the statistical analysis of environmental data in different contexts through a combination of lectures and laboratory exercises. Emerging tools and methods for environmental data analysis will be examined across several topic areas. Within these topic areas, applications of regression techniques, risk assessment, spatial analysis, spatial statistics, remote sensing, and data visualization techniques will be explored. Underlying the analysis will be the goal of learning how to apply statistical and data visualization techniques to affect policy- and decision-making.

FALL 2013

Title: GIS for Sustainable Development
Course #: SDEV W3390.00
School: Columbia College
Instructor: Mark Becker
Description: A comprehensive overview of theoretical concepts underlying geographic information systems (GIS) as a foundation for practical GIS skills used in sustainable development research. Through a mixture of lectures, readings, focused discussions, and hands-on exercises, students will acquire an understanding of the variety and structure of spatial data and databases, gain knowledge of the principles behind raster- and vector-based spatial analysis, and learn basic cartographic principles for producing maps that effectively communicate a message. Students will also learn to use emerging Web-based mapping tools such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and similar tools to develop online interactive maps and graphics. The use of other geospatial technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) will also be explored.  

Title: Environment, Conflict and Resolution Strategies
Course #: INAF U8909
School: School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Instructor: Marc Levy
Description: The class explores the connection between environment and conflict, focusing on scholarly debates regarding scarcity and conflict, the resource curse, and climate change as a security issue. It also explores strategies for managing these linkages more effectively on the part of national and international organizations.

Title: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Sustainability Management
Course #:
SUMA K4205
School:
School of Continuing Education
Instructor:
Dara Mendeloff
Description:
A comprehensive overview of theoretical concepts underlying geographic information systems (GIS) and introduction to the practical GIS skills used in sustainability management. Through a mixture of lectures, readings, focused discussions, and hands-on exercises, students will acquire an understanding of the variety and structure of spatial data and databases, the principles behind raster- and vector-based spatial analysis, and basic cartographic techniques for producing maps that effectively communicate a message. Students will also learn to use newly emerging Web-based mapping tools such as ArcGIS Online, Google Earth, Google Maps, and similar tools to develop online interactive maps and graphics. The use of other geospatial technologies such as remote sensing and the global positioning system will also be explored. Case studies will draw from a wide range of GIS applications that assist in the design, implementation, and evaluation of sustainable development projects and programs. This course satisfies the quantitative analysis curriculum area requirement for the MS in Sustainability Management program.

SPRING 2013

Title: Capstone Workshop
Course #: SIPAU9000
School: School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Instructor: Marc Levy
Description: The workshop involves preparing an analysis for Garry Conille, former prime minister of Haiti, of how promising innovations in institutionalizing provision of development financing to local government authorities can best be implemented in Haiti.

TitleEnvironmental Data Analysis  
Course #
: ENVP U6224.001
School: School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Instructors: Kytt MacManus and Valentina Mara
Description: A rigorous look at the statistical analysis of environmental data in different contexts through a combination of lectures and laboratory exercises. Emerging tools and methods for environmental data analysis will be examined across several topic areas. Within these topic areas, applications of regression techniques, risk assessment, spatial analysis, spatial statistics, remote sensing, and data visualization techniques will be explored. Underlying the analysis will be the goal of learning how to apply statistical and data visualization techniques to affect policy- and decision-making.

TitleGIS for Sustainable Development 
Course #: SDEV W3390
School: Columbia College
Instructor: Dara Mendeloff
Description: A comprehensive overview of theoretical concepts underlying geographic information systems (GIS) as a foundation for practical GIS skills used in sustainable development research. Through a mixture of lectures, readings, focused discussions, and hands-on exercises, students will acquire an understanding of the variety and structure of spatial data and databases, gain knowledge of the principles behind raster- and vector-based spatial analysis, and learn basic cartographic principles for producing maps that effectively communicate a message. Students will also learn to use emerging Web-based mapping tools such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and similar tools to develop online interactive maps and graphics. The use of other geospatial technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) will also be explored.

Title: Spatial Analysis and Modeling for Sustainable Development
Course #:
W3450
School:
Columbia College
Instructor: Mark Becker
Description: This is an intermediate course in spatial modeling developed specifically for students in the undergraduate Sustainable Development program. This course will provide a foundation for understanding a variety of issues related to spatial analysis and modeling.  Students will explore the concepts, tools, and techniques of GIS modeling and review and critique modeling applications used for environmental planning and policy development. The course will also offer students the opportunity to design, build and evaluate their own spatial analysis models. The course will cover both vector and raster based methods of analysis with a strong focus on raster-based modeling.  We will draw examples from a wide range of applications in such areas as modeling Land Use and Land Cover for biodiversity and conservation, hydrological modeling, and site suitability modeling. The course will consist of lectures, reading assignments, lab assignments, and a final project. Prerequisites: Introductory GIS or equivalent experience is preferred; priority given to sustainable development senior and juniors. Offered in the Spring.

FALL 2012

Title: Demography of Human Populations
Course #: SDEV W3400
School: Columbia College
Instructor: Susana Adamo
Description
: A basic introduction to the scientific study of human populations, including main theories, concepts, measures, and uses of demography. An overview of basic demographic techniques and tools used for identifying, managing, analyzing and interpreting population data will be presented, including an introduction to population projections. Lab sessions will enable students to explore data sources, calculate rates, and graphically represent demographic data. 

Title: Environment, Conflict and Resolution Strategies
Course : INAF U8909
School: School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Instructor: Marc Levy
Description: The class explores the connection between environment and conflict, focusing on scholarly debates regarding scarcity and conflict, the resource curse, and climate change as a security issue. It also explores strategies for managing these linkages more effectively on the part of national and international organizations.

Title: GIS for International Studies
Course #: ENVPU6275
School: School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Instructor: Malanding Jaiteh
Description: This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of GIS and GPS technologies and their use in a variety of social and environmental science applications. Topics include GIS data structures and formats, design and compiling databases from various sources, GPS data acquisition, performing queries from tabular or spatial data, basic techniques for designing maps for communicating analysis results to others, and GIS project design and implementation. Students will also learn how to use Web-based mapping tools such as Google Earth and Interactive Map Services (IMS).

Title: GIS for Public Health
Course: EHSCP8371
School: Mailman School of Public Health
Instructor: Malanding Jaiteh
Description: The GIS for Public Health course offers students an opportunity to gain skills in using GIS software to apply spatial analysis techniques to public health research questions. The class consists of lectures on GIS techniques and public health applications along with hands-on laboratory exercises. Topics include GIS data structures and formats, design and compiling databases from various sources, GPS data acquisition, performing queries from tabular or spatial data, basic techniques for designing maps for communicating analysis results to others, and GIS project design and implementation. 

Title: GIS for Sustainable Development
Course #: SDEV W3390.00
School: Columbia College
Instructor: Mark Becker
Description: A comprehensive overview of theoretical concepts underlying geographic information systems (GIS) as a foundation for practical GIS skills used in sustainable development research. Through a mixture of lectures, readings, focused discussions, and hands-on exercises, students will acquire an understanding of the variety and structure of spatial data and databases, gain knowledge of the principles behind raster- and vector-based spatial analysis, and learn basic cartographic principles for producing maps that effectively communicate a message. Students will also learn to use emerging Web-based mapping tools such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and similar tools to develop online interactive maps and graphics. The use of other geospatial technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) will also be explored.  

Title: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Sustainability Management
Course #: SUMA K4205
School: School of Continuing Education
Instructor: Dara Mendeloff
Description: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is comprised of computer software, data, and analysis methods used to create, store, and manage digital information that allows us to create maps and dynamic models to analyze the physical and social processes of the world. This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the theoretical concepts underlying GIS and to give students a strong set of practical skills for using GIS in sustainable development research. Through a mixture of lectures, readings, focused discussions, and hands-on exercises, students will acquire an understanding of the variety and structure of spatial data and databases, gain knowledge of the principles behind raster- and vector-based spatial analysis, and learn basic cartographic principles for producing maps that effectively communicate a message. Students will also learn to use newly emerging Web-based mapping tools such as ArcGIS Online, Google Earth, Google Maps, and similar tools to develop online interactive maps and graphics. The use of other geospatial technologies such as remote sensing and the global positioning system will also be explored in this class. Case studies examined in class will draw examples from a wide range of GIS applications developed to assist in the design, implementation, and evaluation of sustainable development projects and programs. This course satisfies the M.S. in Sustainability Management program’s quantitative analysis curriculum area requirement.

SUMMER 2012

TitleWorkshops in Geographic Information Systems
Course #: ENVP U9229.006
School: School of International and Public Affairs
Instructor: Kytt MacManus
Description: Workshops in Geographic information Systems (GIS) is an introduction to GIS theory and application for the incoming master of public administration in environmental science and policy class. The three-week intensive course covers the fundamentals of data capture and storage and introduces analytical techniques. Students will complete a site suitability analysis and presentation using desktop and Web GIS technologies.

WINTER/SPRING 2012

TitleWorkshops in Geographic Information Systems
Course #: ENVP U9229.006
School: School of International and Public Affairs
Instructor: Kytt MacManus
Description: See Summer 2012

SUMMER 2011

TitleWorkshops in Geographic Information Systems
Course #: ENVP U9229.006
School: School of International and Public Affairs
Instructor: Kytt MacManus
Description: See Summer 2012

WINTER/SPRING 2011

Title: Environmental Data Analysis 
Course #
: ENVP U6224.001
School: School of International and Public Affairs
Instructors: Susana Adamo and Kytt MacManus
Description: A rigorous look at the statistical analysis of environmental data in different contexts through a combination of lectures and laboratory exercises. Emerging tools and methods for environmental data analysis will be examined for four topic areas: climate change assessments, environmental justice, land use and land cover change, and impacts of natural hazards on populations. Within these topic areas, applications of regression techniques, risk assessment, spatial analysis, spatial statistics, remote sensing, and data visualization techniques will be explored. Underlying the analysis will be the goal of learning how to apply statistical and data visualization techniques to affect policy and decision-making. All laboratory exercises will illustrate the research process from data collection to publication.

Title: GIS for Public Health
Course #
: EHSC P8371
School: Mailman School of Public Health
Instructor: Gregory Yetman
Description: Aimed at public health researchers and practitioners, the GIS for Public Health course will offer students an opportunity to gain skill in using GIS software to apply spatial analysis techniques to public health research questions. The class consists of lectures on GIS techniques and public health applications along with hands-on laboratory exercises.  The objective of the lecture component of the class will be to convey to the student:
•    the fundamental theory behind GIS systems
•    practical skills in using GIS software programs
•    structures and uses of spatial data formats
•    how to identify and acquire spatial data resources
•    the variety of spatial analysis techniques relevant to public health research
•    GIS applications in public health agencies at the local, state, and federal levels and in the international arena

Title: Introduction to GIS Methods
Course #: URBS V 2200
School: Barnard College
Instructor: Tricia Chai-Onn
Description: An introduction to the fundamentals of spatial analyses using ArcGIS mapping and analysis software. Topics include creating maps, referencing data to real locations, organizing geographic data, creating and editing data, and analyzing data. Exercises will cover a variety of applications relevant to solving geographic problems in the social and environmental sciences.

Title: Spatial Analysis for Sustainable Development    
Course #: DEV W3450.001
School: Dept of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B)
Instructor: Mark Becker
Description: An intermediate-level course in spatial analysis and modeling developed specifically for students in the undergraduate Sustainable Development program. This course is to provide foundations and understanding of variety of issues related to spatial analysis and modeling. It will address the concepts, tools, and techniques of GIS modeling, present general modeling concepts and theory as well as provide opportunities for hands-on model design, construction, and evaluation. The course will cover both vector and raster based methods of analysis with a strong focus on raster analysis and modeling.  We will draw examples from a wide range of applications in such areas as modeling land use and land cover change for biodiversity conservation, site suitability modeling, 3D modeling in GIS and network allocation models. The course consists of lectures, reading assignments, lab assignments, and a final project.

Title: United Nations Environment Program (UNEP): Payment for Ecosystem Services in Rural Haiti
Course #: AU9000.038
School: School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Instructor: Marc Levy
Description: Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) is one promising approach for helping to shift sustainable development activities onto financially viable foundations. In response to a request from UNEP to identify the most promising options for implementing PES in rural Haiti, the workshop will review promising models developed in other locations, identify possible applications in Haiti, evaluate potential revenue streams and other benefits from such applications, identify critical knowledge gaps, and recommend specific next steps. Interaction with UNEP will take place regularly via phone, emails, and during occasional staff visits to New York. The product of the workshop will be a written report.

Fall 2011

Title: GIS for International Studies
Course #: ENVPU6275
School: School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Instructor: Malanding Jaiteh
Description: This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of GIS and GPS technologies and their use in a variety of social and environmental science applications. Topics include GIS data structures and formats, design and compiling databases from various sources, GPS data acquisition, performing queries from tabular or spatial data, basic techniques for designing maps for communicating analysis results to others, and GIS project design and implementation. Students will also learn how to use Web-based mapping tools such as Google Earth and Interactive Map Services (IMS).


FALL 2010

Title: Demography of Human Populations
Course #: SDEV W3400
School: Columbia College
Instructor: Susana B. Adamo
Description
: A basic introduction to the scientific study of human populations, including main theories, concepts, measures, and uses of demography. An overview of basic demographic techniques and tools used for identifying, managing, analyzing and interpreting population data will be presented, including an introduction to population projections. Lab sessions will enable students to explore data sources, calculate rates, and graphically represent demographic data.  

Title: Environment, Conflict and Resolution Strategies
Course #: INAF U8909
School: School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Instructor: Marc Levy
Description: The class explores the connection between environment and conflict, focusing on scholarly debates regarding scarcity and conflict, the resource curse, and climate change as a security issue. It also explores strategies for managing these linkages more effectively on the part of national and international organizations.

Title: GIS for International Affairs
Course: ENVPU6275
School: School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Instructors: Malanding Jaiteh, with lab support from Kytt MacManus  
Description: The fundamentals of GIS and GPS technologies and their use in a variety of social and environmental science applications are introduced.Topics include GIS data structures and formats, design and compiling databases from various sources, GPS data acquisition, performing queries from tabular or spatial data, basic techniques for designing maps for communicating analysis results to others, and GIS project design and implementation.

Title: GIS for Resource, Environmental, and Infrastructure Management
Course #: E4009
School: Earth and Environmental Engineering
Instructor: Gregory Yetman
Description: An introduction to basic concepts of geomatics, spatial data representation and organization, and analytical tools that comprise GIS, which are then applied to a variety of practical challenges including watershed protection, environmental risk assessment, material mass balance, flooding, asset management, and emergency response to natural or man-made hazards.Taught in a laboratory setting using ArcGIS, the technical content of the class includes geography and map projections, spatial statistics, database design and use, interpolation and visualization of spatial surfaces and volumes from irregularly spaced data, and decision analysis in an applied setting. Term projects emphasize information synthesis towards the solution of a specific problem. Permission of the instructor required. 

Title: GIS for Sustainable Development
Course #: SDEV W3390.00
School: Columbia College
Instructor: Mark Becker
Description: A comprehensive overview of theoretical concepts underlying geographic information systems (GIS) as a foundation for practical GIS skills used in sustainable development research. Through a mixture of lectures, readings, focused discussions, and hands-on exercises, students will acquire an understanding of the variety and structure of spatial data and databases, gain knowledge of the principles behind raster- and vector-based spatial analysis, and learn basic cartographic principles for producing maps that effectively communicate a message. Student will also learn to use emerging Web-based mapping tools such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and similar tools to develop online interactive maps and graphics. The use of other geospatial technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) will also be explored.



WINTER/SPRING 2010

Title: GIS for Public Health
Course #
: EHSC P8371.001
School
: Mailman School of Public Health
Instructor
: Mark Becker
Description
: As geographic information systems (GIS) emerge as an essential tool for public health researchers and practitioners, this class aims to help students apply spatial analysis techniques to public health research questions. Lab exercises challenge students to incorporate analytic skills and techniques acquired in other courses with the geospatial and spatial statistic techniques commonly used in GIS. Guest speakers from government agencies and non-profit organizations share their real-world examples of GIS in public health research and practice.

Title: Environmental Data Analysis
Course #
: ENVP U6224
School
: School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Instructors
: Susana Adamo and Mark Becker
Description
: Via a combination of lectures and laboratory exercises, this course will provide a rigorous examination of the statistical analysis of environmental data in different contexts. We will look at emerging tools and methods for environmental data analysis across four topic areas:climate change assessments, environmental justice, land use and land cover change, and impacts of natural hazards on populations. Within these topic areas we will explore applications of multilevel modeling analysis, regression techniques, risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis, cluster analysis, and data visualization techniques. Underlying all our analysis will be the goal of learning how to apply statistical and data visualization techniques to affect policy and decision-making. All laboratory exercises will illustrate the research process from data collection to publication.



FALL 2009


Title: Advances in Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology
Course #: EEEB G6150.001
School: Arts and Sciences, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Instructors: Ruth DeFries, Marc Levy, Rob Rose, Damien Joly
Description: The class uses GIS and remote sensing tools to explore the connections between emerging infectious disease, land use, and climate in specific landscapes, including some of the Wildlife Conservation Society's “living landscapes” and other landscapes where researchers have developed relevant data sets. GIS is used to overlay spatial data sets such as land cover, climate, wildlife habitat, and remotely-sensed imagery. The class work in teams to write assessments of risks of emerging infectious disease in a number of landscapes. A background in GIS and/or remote sensing is required.

Title: Environmental, Conflict, and Resolution Strategies
Course #: INAF U8909.001
School: School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Instructors: Marc Levy, with teaching support from Alex Fischer
Description: This seminar explores the linkages connecting phenomena of political conflict, environmental change, and natural resource management. It aims to deepen understanding of these linkages through application of analytical models and examination of empirical case studies. It is meant to be of equal interest to students whose interests are primarily theoretical and those whose interests are mainly practical. The course is intended to work in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch.

Title: GIS for International Studies
Course:  School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Instructor: Mark Becker
Description: This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and remote sensing technologies as they are used in a variety of social and environmental science applications. Lecture format is integrated with hands-on exercises to impart an understanding of the variety and structure of spatial data and databases, the principles of raster- and vector-based spatial analysis, basic cartographic principles for producing maps that effectively communicate a message, and sound practices for GIS project design and management. 

Title: GIS for Resource, Environmental, and Infrastructure Management
Course #: E4009
School: Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering
Instructor: Greg Yetman
Description: This class introduces basic GIS concepts including geomatics, spatial data representation and organization, and analytical tools and applies them to solving a variety of problems including watershed protection, environmental risk assessment, material mass balance, flooding, asset management, and emergency response to natural or man-made hazards. Technical content includes geography and map projections, spatial statistics, database design/use, interpolation and visualization of spatial surfaces and volumes from irregularly spaced data, and decision analysis in an applied setting. Term projects emphasize information synthesis towards the solution of a specific problem. Permission of the instructor required. 

Educational Resources

CIESIN Fact Sheets and Thematic Guides
These PDF information sheets provide overviews and instruction for selected CIESIN online data resources, including instructions for use:

Climate and Health Analysis for Global Education Viewer (CHANGE Viewer)
A mapping tool which uses 3-D NASA World Wind technology to visualize climate change impacts on human health. The tool and related training, for educators, is part of the NASA Climate Change Impacts and Human Health program, and was developed in partnership with the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology (IAGT).

E2C (Earth to Class)
The E2C program brings together researchers from Columbia University’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory and Earth Institute with local K-12 teachers and specialists in curriculum and technology integration from Teachers College Columbia University and Colégio Bandeirantes, São Paulo, Brazil, to enrich earth science curricula for K–12 students and to support development for their teachers. The program is centered around a series, “Saturday Workshops for Educators,” which features scientists from the Lamont community presenting topics in their area of expertise, often involving new areas of research. CIESIN participates by offering hands-on workshops on using new data products and becoming familiar with various levels of spatial data visualization techniques that are designed to be integrated into the classroom.

Environmental Sustainability: Perspectives on the World
This multi-media teaching module was developed in collaboration with the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning and Fathom.com. It includes talks, video clips of presentations by Columbia University scientists on the environmental systems and human responses that make up environmental sustainability, and an online mapping tool with data from the Environmental Sustainability Index. Issues covered include climate change and past civilizations, human impacts on the Arctic environment, sustainability in the Sahel, sustainable design, industrial ecology, and international environmental regimes. Environmental Sustainability: Perspectives on the World is free to Columbia University students and staff; $45 for others.
Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center
A Web site containing the latest approaches and tools for long-term geospatial data preservation and access. Included are descriptions and links for a variety of relevant resources, including education and training modules, useful tools and software, information on policies and standards for preserving geospatial data, and examples of successful preservation and associated benefits.

Metro-East Coast Regional Climate Assessment Education Module
The study of the Metropolitan East Coast (MEC) area is one of eighteen regional components of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, organized by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The MEC Educator's Pack is a package of GIS software, datasets and lesson plans designed for educators who are interested in using GIS technology to explore global climate change issues. The package includes a free GIS software program called ArcExplorer, a registered trademark of Environmental Systems Resource Institute (ESRI), the world's leading GIS software developer. The datasets available include much of the data used in the MEC project such as the climate change models, GIS data from ESRI and the U.S. Census Bureau’s TIGER Files. Also provided are two lesson plans that use ArcExplorer to view the data and produce a series of maps to study climate change predictions in the MEC region. See also: U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change and CIESIN’s Climate Change Information Resources for the New York Metropolitan Region. a registered trademark of ESRI.)

Population Estimation Classroom Exercise
For grades 6–12, a step-by-step exercise in comparing the population of Haiti and its capital city, Port-au-Prince. Gridded data and common terms are also explained. The exercise draws on the online Population Estimate Service, which uses gridded data to estimate population totals and related statistics for any area of the world.

Terra Viva! SEDAC Viewer Tutorial
This three-part video tutorial, available on the YouTube Web site, explains how to use this powerful map viewer and standalone software application. Terra Viva! SEDAC Viewer enables the visualization and integration of hundreds of socioeconomic and environmental variables and layers, including a range of satellite-based data.
Terra Viva! SEDAC Viewer User Guide and Tutorial (22 pages, 2.65 MB PDF)
This print booklet introduces users to the Terra Viva! SEDAC Viewer. It explains installation, benefits and limitations, and how to use basic through advanced features.
Thematic Guides on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
CIESIN’s Thematic Guides offer overviews of some of the key topics and issues that pertain to the human dimensions of global environmental change. The guides are designed to complement data-access tools such as the CIESIN Gateway by providing context and background information.

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