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Spatial Analysis. University of Maryland, College Park 2013. Workshop Outline. Presentation Exercises Creating shapefiles Five Common ArcToolbox Tools Spatial Analysis with raster data Questions and concerns?. Vector Data Review. pointattribute table line

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Spatial analysis

Spatial Analysis

University of Maryland, College Park


Workshop outline

Workshop Outline

  • Presentation

  • Exercises

    • Creating shapefiles

    • Five Common ArcToolbox Tools

    • Spatial Analysis with raster data

  • Questions and concerns?

Vector data review

Vector Data Review

pointattribute table



Raster data review

Raster Data Review

cellsattribute table(or not)

raster properties

Analysis in gis

Analysis in GIS

  • With vector data, the GIS uses values from fields in the attribute table

  • With raster data, the GIS uses values from individual cells, or performs calculations based on zones and/or regions.

More on raster data

More on Raster Data

  • Two types of raster data:

    • Thematic

      • A measured quantity or a classification

      • Ex: 5=elevation in feet

      • Ex: 5=water; 3=forest

    • Image

      • Reflected or emitted light

      • Ex: Pixel scale from 0 to 255

        where 0 is black and 255 is white

Raster datasets

Raster Datasets

  • Usually represent a single theme (elevation, land use, etc.) – so you need several to show an area

  • Are made up of individual cells – cells either have a value or have no data

Raster datasets cells

Raster Datasets - Cells

  • Cells can be any size, but every cell in the dataset is the same size.

  • The smaller the cell size, the greater the resolution.

  • Cells are arranged in rows and columns, so each one has a specific address.

More on cells

More on Cells


  • formed by two or more cells with the same value (connected or disconnected)

    Zone 1 consists of 7 cells


  • group of connected cells in a zone

    Zone 1 has 2 regions

Data types layers

Data Types (Layers)

  • Raster/Grid

    DEM Digital Elevation Model

    Image (raster) where the pixel values represent the ground elevation above sea level

    DTM Digital Terrain Model

    Image (raster) a DTM is a DEM that has been altered by elements such as break lines and observations to correct for artifacts by using photogrammetrically derived line work introduced into a DEM surface.

    DSM Digital Surface Model

    Image (raster) where the pixel values represent the elevations above sea level of the ground and all features on it.  For example if there are buildings in the area, the DSM will include those building in the elevation values

Projections and coordinate systems

Projections and Coordinate Systems

  • Geographic coordinate system (GCS)

    • Location on a sphere (latitude-longitude)


  • Datum (goes along with the GCS)

    • Horizontal datums are calculated using a mathematical calculation for the approximation of the shape of the earth, known as an ellipsoid. Most ellipsoids are calculated for a geographic region such as North America

    • GPS units use the WGS 1984 datum

  • Projected coordinate system

    • Location on a flat map from a defined 0,0 origin

    • Has an underlying GCS

Projections ctd

Projections ctd.

  • A map projection distorts one or more of the following:

    • Distance

    • Shape

    • Area

    • Direction

  • Reference website:

  • Reference books:

    Flattening the earth: two thousand years of map projections / John P. Snyder

    An Album of Map Projections (USGS Professional Paper 1453) / John P. Snyder and Philip M. Voxland

Gis analysis a process

GIS Analysis – A Process

Define the problem/issue/question

Get Data

Evaluate Result

What data do you need?

Is the methodology sound?

Where will you get it?

Is the question answered?

Are there any new questions?

Evaluate Data

Is this data in a usable format?


Appropriate fields?

Quality of the data?


Final Formatting

Who is the audience/what is the purpose?

How should results be displayed?

Perform analysis

Present Final Result

What is your methodology?

What tools should you use?

Gis is just a tool

GIS is just a tool

  • Quality of your data

  • Quality of your modeling process

  • Quality of your analysis

  • Aesthetics

Learning more gis and background

Learning more GIS and background

  • GEOG 373 – Geographic Information Systems

  • GEOG 473 – Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis

  • GEOG 306 – Introduction to Quantitative Methods for the Geographic Environmental Sciences

  • Virtual Campus Courses

    • Learning ArcGIS Desktop

    • Understanding Map Projections and Coordinate Systems

    • Working with Rasters in ArcGIS Desktop

Class assessment

Class Assessment

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