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Open Courseware and Resources- Geography: study of the earth and its features, inhabitants, and phenomena.
What is Geography?
A basic definition might be: “the study of the Earth and its peoples.” and this is generally true even among professional geographers who typically study the physical environment (the Earth and it’s four biospheres), the human environment (society, culture, religion), or the interactions between the two (environmental geography or just environmental science). A broader definition is that geography is the study of spatial patterns and relationships: how do soils, biomes, cities, and cultures vary across space, and what does this mean? Geographers like to say we look for patterns and processes, rather than universal laws like you might find in more “mature” sciences like physics. The closest thing geographer’s have to a universal law was articulated by Waldo Tobler: "Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things." That is, we expect things that are closer together to be more similar to those that are far apart. Is this always true? Sadly, no. Although it is not a universal law like gravity, Tobler’s law holds up most of the time and underlies much of the scientific investigations within the field. (Based on 'What is Geography?' with kind permission of GeoJunk.)
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Resources available for reuse by teachers and learners worldwide; Energy and Mineral Engineering, Geography, Geosciences, Materials Science, Meteorology, Earth and Environmental Systems, Earth and Mineral Sciences Writing
technical skills in the use of GIS software, qualitative methods skills in data and document gathering, analyzing information, and presenting results, potential and practicality of GIS technologies in a typical planning setting, applications
Regions Basin and Range (Geology, Landforms, Climate and Vegetation), Cascades and Modoc Plateau, Sierra Nevada, Central Valley, Peninsular Ranges, Los Angeles Basin Transverse Ranges (Geology, Landforms, Climate, Vegetation), Ecological Impacts of European, Southern California (Development, Rise of Ornamental Horticulture, Arts & Crafts Movement, Architecture (Craftsman, Mission & Spanish Colonial Revival, Santa Barbara), Urban Water Imperialism, Colorado River
design, develop, and implement custom web mapping applications using open standards and open source software, open source software packages for web mapping, pointers to commercial solutions where appropriate
Visual Thinking and Visual Communication, Creating a Reference Map for Use in Emergency Management, Multiple Representations, Representing Volumes and Surfaces, A Deeper Understanding of Coordinate Systems and Projections, Multivariate Representation and Geographic Visualization, Capstone Project
reviews cartographic design, production and visualization in the context of geographic information systems (GIS): readings, project
Quotes, Definitions, Travel, Maps, Trends/Problems, Use and Users
spatial interpolation, error and uncertainty, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Multi-objective decision making: spatial data sets
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