Spatial Analysis – Interactive and On-line

TitleSpatial Analysis – Interactive and On-line
Duration1 Year
Project Summary

A conservative estimate is that >500 students/year are exposed to the concepts of spatial analyses in a variety of courses including Geography 370 (Introduction to GIS), Forestry 532 (Modelling Applications in Forestry) and Conservation 330 (Conservation Biology). Although the applications may differ, the fundamental concepts of spatial analysis are similar. These concepts can be very complex – dynamic visualization of the concepts and parameters is more instructive than mere verbal or static graphical examples.

The objective of this project is to create interactive, web-based examples of spatial analytic techniques that would enable students to directly experiment with and compare different methods and the assumptions inherent in each (e.g., vary the parameter values and immediately view the resulting changes in spatial pattern and spatial statistics). The techniques illustrated would span a range from spatial interpolation techniques (e.g., inverse-distance weighting) to measurements of spatial autocorrelation (e.g., Moran's I).

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2004/2005
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorBrian Klinkenberg
Year 1: Funded Amount30,000
Year 1: Team Members

Brian Klinkenberg, Geography, Faculty of Arts
Sarah Gergel, Forest Sciences, Faculty of Forestry