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Massachusetts Bay GIS Tutorial Provided at Woods Hole Field Center

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Eric Josephson guides class
The instructor, Eric Josephson, guiding the class through a typical exercise.
On September 14-16th, the Technology Planning and Management Corporation (TPMC) of Scituate, MA, provided a GIS tutorial course at the WHFC. The 3-day course was taught using the ESRI GIS tool ArcView 3.1 and an extension called Spatial Analyst. The course had an enrollment of 17 students, and an additional 8 people auditing dropped in frequently. It was a little tight in the Gosnold Conference room (see photo at left) but this allowed for lots of collaboration and interaction. Although most participants were from the WHFC, we also had participation from NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program, Massachusetts Water Resources Association (MWRA), and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Class participants were told that they had to have a laptop with ArcView 3.1 and Spatial Analyst loaded. They were also advised to go to and check the news section. The Web site contains a benchmark program that will rate your system performance with that of ArcView. Participants were advised that they would be challenged in working with the MassBay GIS if their score was below 20.

Jeff Donze and Eric Josephson, the instructor, developed the course at TPMC. They were provided with a copy of the MassBay GIS CD-ROM (Butman and Lindsay, in press) which they used to build a tutorial CD that was used for the course. Each student received a manual and CD that included detailed instructions on each of the 10 chapters covered.

discussing the results
The back row of the class discussing some of the results!
One example used was part of the introduction to Spatial Analyst. The example was the grid theme Boston Harbor Dilution developed by Rich Signell. Students used the theme to experiment with different methods of relating other themes to the Dilution grid and making queries for grid analysis. Another example was the development of a portable project file that could be exported to CD-ROM for distribution. Eric gave us a Web site for a commercial product (Project Packer) that was easier to use for this procedure.

Eric had extra handouts on topics such as the ESRI Modelbuilder, a tutorial on how to build your own model with Spatial Analyst. He also provided a pointer to a useful USGS ArcView extension called Spatial Tools developed at the Alaska Biological Science Center by Philip Hooge.

The course finished just before Hurricane Floyd breezed through the New England area. We plan to develop a toolkit for Spatial Analyst for use with coastal mapping applications and would like to collaborate with anyone who is interested in similar efforts and/or training developments. For further information on the course and further training developments, check with Chris Polloni.

Related Web Sites
Spatial Tools—USGS ArcView Extension
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Project Packer
Decision Support Services

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