Geospatial tools, which include geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and remote sensing, provide us with a new understanding of the earth. In this activity, participants will use GIS to identify changes on the earth’s surface. We will examine aerial photography from two different time periods, and students will explore, estimate, and measure general changes in land use during these two periods. Observing these kinds of changes helps us understand how landscape changes influence our local communities and environments.
This hands-on activity is being led by a professor, a Ph.D. student, and two undergraduate students from the Department of Geography. The Geography Department (founded in 1975), located in Major Williams Hall, is part of the College of Natural Resources and Environment. We offer both Bachelors and Masters Degrees and we participate in the College of Natural Resources doctoral program in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis. We have recently added a new degree program in Meteorology. The department’s students are active in its Geographic Society’s many outreach events and fellowship activities, such as exploring caves in southwest Virginia. More information about our program, our students, staff, and faculty can be found on our website at http://geography.vt.edu/
This activity is co-sponsored by VirginiaView, a state level organization within AmericaView—a national consortium that focuses upon research, outreach to K-12 and community college education, and distribution of imagery to a spectrum of users at state and local levels. VirginiaView’s mission encompasses many dimensions of the acquisition, analysis, and application of geospatial data to practical problems in natural resources, geography, geosciences, and agriculture. Additional information can be found at http://cnre.vt.edu/virginiaview/
Dr. John McGee, active within VirginiaView, prepared some of the activities presented this year at Kids’ Tech University.