GEO 428 (fall 2012): Digital Terrain Analysis (4 Credits)

http://www.msu.edu/~ashton/classes/428

Dr. Ashton Shortridge
235 Geography Building
ph #: 432-3561
email: ashton@msu.edu

Time and Place
Tuesday / Thursday 12:40 - 2:00 pm, 201 Geography Building
Tuesday, 2:10 - 4:00 pm, 201 Geography Building (Lab)
Weekly Schedule with topics and notes.

Office Hours
Monday and Thursday 2 - 4 pm, or by appointment.

Course Objectives
This course covers a range of issues relating to digital terrain, from conception to generation to processing and analysis to visualization. We will build digital elevation models ourselves, and we will learn where and how to obtain existing data. We will consider many important factors of data modeling, including spatial resolution and alternative data structures. The bulk of the course will be devoted to analysis using digital elevation data:

We will also explore terrain visualization issues, including three-dimensional and animated representations of terrain.

This is a hands-on lab course, and you will use a variety of software tools to experience terrain model development, analysis, and visualization for yourself. There will be a semester project and a number of mini-projects we will work on in lab, along with exams on the classroom content.

Grades

Undergraduate Students			Graduate Students
30% Three Midterm Exams (15% each)	24% Three Midterm Exams (10% each)
40% Lab Reports				36% Lab Reports
25% Project				25% Project
5% Class Participation			5% Class Participation
					10% Paper

Books / Readings
There is no required textbook for this course. Material will be provided on-line and in class. An outline of lecture notes will also be available on-line before class; these are not a substitute for showing up to lecture! Students who do not attend will fail this course!

Links
Here are some useful or especially interesting terrain data sites:

Syllabus
This is only part of the syllabus. An online copy (pdf) is available with much more detailed information. You are responsible for understanding it, including key deadlines, project descriptions, etc.