Introduction to Spatial Analysis

A map of a coastline and nearby estuaries, with an inset rectangle displaying a satellite image of the area.

A portion of the coast of North Carolina, displayed using GIS software. (Image courtesy of Daniel Godwin on Flickr. License: CC BY-NC.)


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Fall 2019



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Geographic Information System (GIS) software manages data that represent the location of features (geographic coordinate data) and what they are like (attribute data); it also provides the ability to query, manipulate, and analyze those data. Because GIS allows one to represent social and environmental data on maps, it is a powerful tool for analysis and planning in various fields. This course is meant to introduce students to the basic capabilities of GIS.

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Sarah Williams, and Eric Robsky Huntley. 11.205 Introduction to Spatial Analysis. Fall 2019. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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