GEOG 487
Environmental Challenges in Spatial Data Science

Advanced Activity


Advanced Activity

Advanced Activities are designed to make you apply the skills you learned in this lesson to solve an environmental problem and explore additional resources related to lesson topics.


In the Step-by-Step portion of the lesson, we were mainly concerned with three land cover categories: developed, agriculture, and forest. We are also interested in how wetlands have changed between 1978 and 2005. We are particularly interested in the land cover categories below:

  • 1978 Land Cover Categories: "Forested Wetland" and "Non-forested Wetland"
  • 2005 Land Cover Categories: "Forested Wetlands" and "Emergent Wetlands"

We would like to figure out the following:

  • How many counties contain wetlands in 1978 and 2005?
  • Which locations have the most wetlands in 1978 and 2005?

Note: You may want to read the related quiz questions within the Lesson 5 Quiz before completing the activity so you know what information to look out for.