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What Is GIS?

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This is presentation is intended for middle school students. It provides a short introduction to GIS and how to use GIS in the real-world.

ArcGIS Explorer is the software used to demonstrate concepts.

45 minutes + 15 minutes demo

Download ArcGIS Explorer here...

http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/explorer/

Published in: Technology, Education
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What Is GIS?

  1. 1. What is GIS? AL – the GIS guy
  2. 2. Who am I? Who are you? What are we going talk about today? GIS
  3. 3. Geography “Geo” = Earth study of the earth and where things are
  4. 4. What is GIS?
  5. 5. Geographic + Information + Systems
  6. 6. Computer systems and programs that Program help answer questions about the world… + + +
  7. 7. GIS try to model things on the Earth
  8. 8. Use a process to build these models Visualize Analyze Plan Store Information Decision Making Collect More Map
  9. 9. Free GIS software - ArcGIS Explorer
  10. 10. What can we do with GIS?
  11. 11. make maps!
  12. 12. Maps and charts Aeronautical Charts State Atlas NGA Michigan Transportation Map Paris Navigation Chart USA UC 2008 Plenary 12
  13. 13. cool maps…
  14. 14. What else can a GIS do?
  15. 15. put important information on maps…
  16. 16. information = things in the real-world
  17. 17. information is organized into layers Rivers Cities Roads Lakes States 17
  18. 18. What else can a GIS do?
  19. 19. answer questions! Answers
  20. 20. Where is the closest Chuck E Cheese? Where was the last earth quake? The population of people in the United States? Answers
  21. 21. Here’s my question… How do I get to your School?
  22. 22. Many ways to use GIS in the real-world! Energy Agricultural Carbon Aviation Forecasting Efficiency Management Safety Homeland Community Disaster Public Security Growth Management Health Coastal Invasive Water Air Management Species Management Quality
  23. 23. What else can a GIS do?
  24. 24. Help us plan Land Use Suitability Montana Virtual City City & Urban Planning Bangkok California UC 2008 Plenary 24
  25. 25. Manage the land Property Evaluation Germany Tax Mapping Integrated Land Management Connecticut BLM Canada Native Land Selection Alaska UC 2008 Plenary 25
  26. 26. Increase public safety & help law enforcement Crime Analysis Texas Fire Response California UC 2008 Plenary 26
  27. 27. Help manage natural disasters Wenchuan Earthquake China Wildfire Floods Simulation Idaho Houston Aftershocks UC 2008 Plenary 27
  28. 28. Manage electricity, water, phone… Networks Highways Canada Bedfordshire, UK UC 2008 Plenary 28
  29. 29. Model transportation Real Time Traffic Korea Ride Share Transit Analysis Kansas Jamaica
  30. 30. Earth science & water resources Online Soil Information Australia Flood Risk Portugal Seismic Hazards Indonesia UC 2008 Plenary 30
  31. 31. Monitor climate and energy Wind Generation Potential U.S.A. Weather Monitoring U.S.A. Tropical Cyclones National Hurricane Center UC 2008 Plenary 31
  32. 32. Impact of global climate change Vegetation Trends Arctic Sea Level Rise Modeling Florida New York Coastal Zone Planning Louisiana UC 2008 Plenary 32
  33. 33. Protect our country Geographical Security Kingdom of Bahrain Model areas in Europe Global Surveillance UC 2008 Plenary 33
  34. 34. kids can use GIS in the real-world too
  35. 35. Find & collect field information 35
  36. 36. Geo-caching www.geocaching.com
  37. 37. GPS – Where am I? Global Positioning System Latitude: 40 N Longitude: 110 W
  38. 38. Who uses GPS?
  39. 39. Use GIS & GPS for fun too!
  40. 40. You can use GIS and GPS too! 40
  41. 41. GIS is for thinkers! Use it to answer questions… Think about a topic or a place Ask a question about it Make a map Perform analyses Ask a new question 41
  42. 42. Your turn! 1) Use ArcExplorer to find Los Angeles 2) Find your school 3) Drive/Fly to Disneyland 4) Find out what has changed over time?
  43. 43. Pop Quiz 1. What is your favorite part of GIS? 2. What does “Geo” stand for? 3. What can you do with GIS?
  44. 44. Use it every day! GIS is for: Mapping Decision making Planning our future AL - the GIS Guy!

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