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ERIC Number: EJ791187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1059-9053
Advanced GIS Exercise: Estimating Beach and Dune Erosion in Coastal South Carolina
Hall, Steven T.; Post, Christopher J.
Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, v37 p49-52 2008
Many natural resources graduate students across the nation are being required to learn proper use of geographic information systems (GIS) to include not only in their graduate research, but to also prepare for a career as a professional in natural resources. This demand creates a need for graduate students to be properly instructed in GIS. Advanced GIS exercises can be useful in teaching common techniques and methodologies in GIS. We have developed an advanced GIS exercise that uses the spatial analyst extension in GIS and light detection and ranging (LIDAR) data. The goal of this laboratory exercise was to determine the amount of erosion that has occurred over a 4-year period on the coast of South Carolina. All students, individually, had the opportunity to use the Cut/Fill tool and create their own digital elevation model (DEM). Students stated that this exercise helped them to understand how to work with LIDAR data and also how to estimate erosion. Independently, students estimated that there has been a loss of more than 50,000 m[superscript 3] of material from Folly Beach during the 4-year period included in this study. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina