California University of Pennsylvania students created two exercises to highlight Cyclomedia products which integrate imagery and LIDAR. These lessons covered topics such as Applications for Event Planning and Management and Fire Safety. After completing the event planning and management lesson, students should be able to explain how Cyclomedia can be used to aid in event planning and management and analyze Street Smart Imagery using 3-D features and measurement techniques. After completing the fire safety exercise, students will be very familiar with Cyclomedia's Street Smart Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).
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Watershed managers with limited resources need methods to prioritize possible restoration or remediation sites. The Chesapeake Conservancy developed a Geographical Information System (GIS) – based method to assist in this prioritization. Their method involved use of land-use / land_cover (LULC) maps and high-resolution digital elevation models (DEMs), and resulted in maps of concentrated flow paths, color-coded according to the value of an index called NDFI, representing the likelihood of a path carrying high concentrations of pollutants. Work in this area at Bucknell started in the 2014-15 academic year with a series of consultations with staff from Chesapeake Conservancy to better understand their methodology. The work continued in the 2015-16 academic year when maps of NDFI for Buffalo Creek were developed. Over the course of academic years 2016-17 and 2017-18 work was focused on the development of an Overland Flow Sediment Index (OFSI), tailored for sediment as the pollutant of interest.Learn More
In introducing students to GIS technologies, PaView partner California University of Pennsyvlania created a lesson for college freshmen or high school seniors. This lesson, which takes approximately two class sessions reinforces the National Geographic Standards: Standard 1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, geospatial technologies, and spatial thinking to understand and communicate information Standard 14: How human actions modify the physical environment Objectives. After this assignment, students should be able to: - Explain raster data and its complexities - Analyze raster data to examine spatial patterns.Learn More
In 2019, Villanova purchased a Pleiades 4-band pan-sharpened satellite image of Mexico Beach, Florida (Hurricane Michael) and a SPOT-7 1.5m 4-band pan-sharpened satellite image of Paradise, California (Camp Fire) with the Pennsylvania View (PA View) grant funding. The goal is to use the imagery to demonstrate for students how remote sensing technology can be used to undertake scientific geospatial analysis, in this case, evaluating imagery for natural disaster assessment and environmental effects of two areas: 1) the area of the Camp Fire in Butte County, California in November 2018 and 2) the Florida Panhandle area of Mexico Beach affected by Hurricane Michael in October 2018..Learn More