Tuesday, December 17, 2013

2013 Student Blogs

2013 has been a great year for student blogs. Check below for a link to all the student blogs for this year.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Internship Spotlight

GIS4944/5945, GIS Internship, Instructor, Mrs. Leah Lewis, GISP

GIS Internships - Let's get to work!


The following student was chosen to highlight their current GIS internship experience.  

Anthony Coughlin

About Anthony: Anthony is originally from New England and relocated to the Pensacola area about seven years ago. He loves GIS and has been working with it for over six years.  Anthony really enjoys working with computers and being outside. Because of that, GIS gives him the best of both worlds! When asked if he were to describe himself as a raster or a vector, he that that he feels as though he would be more of a vector guy. He enjoy collecting field data (point, line, polygon), manipulating and editing and ultimately applying that data to aerials and other maps. Anthony's internship is with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. There he splits his him between collecting field data for past and future projects, post processing and analysis f collected data, organizing the current GIS folder filing structure, and creating maps using collected and processed data. Congratulations on the Spotlight, Anthony!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Remote Sensing Student Spotlights

GIS4035 Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing, Mr. Brian Fulfrost

Module 8 Lab: Thermal & Multispectral Analysis 

For this laboratory exercise, students learned to combine layers of satellite data into single images using both ERDAS Imagine and ArcMap. They then examined the image, especially the thermal infrared band, and interpreted various features in it.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Interpret radiant energy using the Stefan Boltzmann constant
  • Create composite multispectral images in both ERDAS and ArcMap
  • Adjust image symbology and band combinations in ArcMap
  • Interpret thermal infrared data


The following students were chosen for their exception work on the Module 8 Lab: Thermal & Multispectral Analysis assignment:

What we like: Both Dave and Steven's maps demonstrate a high level of comprehension of thermal imagery. Their maps  highlight features that have different thermal intensities as well as "hot spots" of thermal activity that might be of very different land cover types. Both Dave and Steve's map are very visually compelling and demonstrate the possibilities of using thermal remote sensing in a range of land over analyses. Both maps also contain  an additional multi-band image and labels  (in both cases using the "visual" spectrum) that help to demonstrate how different land cover features might actually have similar thermal energy signatures. In addition, the map descriptions attached to both maps, provide clearly written background material to assist the reader with understanding the image processing and data utilized to produce the final map output

Dave Hunt

About Dave: Dave lives in Seattle and runs a small software services company.  He has been studying archaeology for the last few years, along with Maritime Studies. Dave is considering entering the graduate program at the University of Washington next year.  His main focus in learning GIS is to enhance his skill set for archaeology.

Steve Kieffer

About Steve: Steven is an undergrad in the anthropology/archaeology department with a minor in geography and of course, pursuing the undergrad GIS Cert Program. He is still new to archaeology, but is a forensic digger at heart. After a few years on the corporate ladder making big paychecks without enough time to spend it and see his family, Steven would prefer digging, cataloging, mapping, and being happy with much less. Welcome to the spotlight again, Steve!