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Geospatial Field Methods

Dr. Joseph Hupy

This course will focus on the various means, tools, and resources geographers employ to gather data in the field. Rather than maintain the traditional lecture style format, the course will be taught in mainly a ?hands on? learning fashion, although some lecture will be needed to explain methods and principals related to field data collection. Students should expect to become familiarized, and proficient in some cases, with a variety of instruments that allow for data collection in a geospatial manner. Students will start out learning of pre-existing geographic data sets, and how these can help in setting up a field data collection scheme. They will also learn about projections and coordinate systems, and how this relates to both data collection and navigation in the field. The course will then move into actual data collection in the field, using both current and traditional forms of technology. Prior to data collection, the student will learn how best to prepare for a field outing in terms of what instrument and forms of data are best suited. Students will be evaluated based on participation in classroom discussions and written reports related to field data collection activities.

Meet the Professor!

Professor Joseph P. Hupy graduated with a PhD in Geography with an emphasis on Soil Geomorphology from the Michigan State University. He has taught in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since July 2007. The classes he has taught and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are Environmental Hazards (GEOG 361), Geography of the Northwoods (GEOG 367), Historical Geography (GEOG 445), Military Geography (GEOG 388), Weather and Society (GEOG 341), Regional Geography of the U.S. and Canada (GEOG 325), Conservation of the Environment (GEOG 178), and The Physical Environment (GEOG 104). Hupy has published a number of articles and books, Khe Sanh, Vietnam: Examining the Long-Term Impacts of Warfare n the Physical Landscape in Modern Military Geography.