GEOG 487
Environmental Applications of GIS

Summary and Deliverables

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Summary and Deliverables

In Lesson 7, we used Buffers, the Reclassify Tool, RegionGroup, ZonalGeometry, and Zonal Histograms to explore how logging roads have degraded tropical rainforests in southeastern Cameroon. Specifically, we determined how many forest patches were created, the area and shape of each forest patch, their edge/area ratio, and the area of edge and interior habitat. We also summarized the habitat type by management unit to see whether conservation areas or logging areas provide the best habitat.

Lesson 7 Deliverables

Lesson 7 is worth a total of 100 points.

  1. Create Web Maps and Application (65 points)
    • Step 1: Publish Two Maps in Penn State's ArcGIS Online for Organizations Account
      • Forest Patches 2007 (Final Results from Step-by-Step Activity)
      • Forest Patches 2001 (Final Results from Advanced Activity)
    • Step 2: Create a Web Application in ArcGIS Online
      • Select a template that allows the reader to easily compare both maps above.
    • Map Design Considerations:
      • Your web application will be used by the World Bank to make decisions regarding funding in the region. It is important that your map tells a compelling story, or you may lose funding for your team.
        • Share the feature services, maps, and application you create with the GEOG 487 Group in ArcGIS Online.
        • Select colors and break values that are consistent between both maps to make it easier to visually compare the changes over time.
        • Include informative and professional map titles, layer names, and legend labels.
        • Map descriptions should succinctly summarize the main trends you want your map readers to notice and explain what the map colors mean. What kind of changes do you see between the two years? Why does this matter?
        • Include data sources. List other classmates as sources if you consult their work for inspiration.
    • Step 3: Share Results
      • Post a link to your web application.
      • Post links to your forest patch 2001 and 2007 final results maps.
      • Your maps and app need to be saved in Penn State's ArcGIS Online for Organizations Account and shared with the GEOG487 Group to receive credit.
  2. Lesson 7 Quiz (35 points)

Peer Review (optional): Explore other students' submission and add a short comment on their discussion post.

Lesson 7 Rubric
2007 Forest Patches Map Web map is posted to ArcGIS Online and link is made available in Canvas. Map is sufficiently designed and described. (20pts) Map is linked, but it is missing an element or two (layers, descriptions, symbology, etc.) (15pts) Map is linked but is missing several elements (map, layers, description) or is poorly designed. (10pts) Link is missing. (0pts) 20pts
2001 Forest Patches Map Web map is posted to ArcGIS Online and link is made available in Canvas. Map is sufficiently designed and described. (20pts) Map is linked, but it is missing an element or two (layers, descriptions, symbology, etc.) (15pts) Map is linked but is missing several elements (map, layers, description) or is poorly designed. (10pts) Link is missing. (0pts) 20pts
Web Map Application Web app link is posted and made available in Canvas. App facilitates the direct comparison between the 2001 and 2007 maps. Symbology is consistent between the two maps. Description of the app and maps sufficiently orients the reader and helps to convey trends. (25pts) Web app link is posted. Some elements of the assignment are missing, but the app still allows for map comparison. (20pts) Web app link is present but is missing several elements, does not function properly, or otherwise impairs the ability to compare the two maps. (10pts) Web app link is missing. (0pts) 25pts
TOTAL 65pts

Tell us about it!

If you have anything you'd like to comment on, or add to the lesson materials, feel free to post your thoughts in the Lesson 7 Discussion. For example, what did you have the most trouble with in this lesson? Was there anything useful here that you'd like to try in your own workplace?