This tutorial is designed for use by advanced GIS students within the framework of a remote sensing class or raster GIS class with a strong remote sensing component. ArcGIS 10, any level, and the Spatial Analyst Extension are required. Students should be proficient in the basic functions of ArcGIS 10, including creating a new project and geodatabase, setting up a project workspace, adding data, adding and using the dockable windows, and using ArcGIS dropdown and menu tabs. The tutorial utilizes most of the functionality of the Image Analysis window. It does not, however, explain each function in detail. This is an opportunity for the students to become familiar with the excellent “Help” resources available in ArcGIS. Each section also contains path references to additional information (http://resources.arcgis.com/content/web-based-help).
Each Exercise begins with a brief statement of its purpose. The tools and functions are also introduced as needed. Start ArcMap indicates the point at which the “hands on” instructions begin. Operation of the tools and functions is discussed as part of the “hands on” directions. Since this tutorial is intended to supplement and complement a class focused on remote sensing, it does not cover basic remote sensing concepts and discussions of sensors, data acquisition, data formats, and other basic aspects of remote sensing. Other remote sensing tutorials are available on line from: NASA http://rst.gsfc.nasa.gov/ and the Canadian Centre for Remote Sensing http://www.ccrs.nrcan.gc.ca/resource/tutor/fundam/index_e.php
Experimentation is key to understanding any new tool. Please use this tutorial as an introduction and guide and then experiment with the included data set or, more importantly, acquire your own data and really enhance your experience.
Developed by Peter Price for the iGETT project. Opinions expressed are those of the author and are not endorsed by NSF. Available for educational use only. See http://igett.delmar.edu for additional remote sensing exercises and other materials and resources.
Various Topics – Focus on learning the imagery tools in ArcGIS 10
College Level (13 and 14 year) and Secondary (9 – 12 year)
Student Handout and Data
This exercise is divided into four parts with an additional optional exercise. Each part is included the Image Analysis with ArcGIS PDF. To access the Image Analysis with ArcGIS 10 PDF and data for exercises in the IATutorial folder click here.
In this exercise students will learn how to:
- Carry out basic to advanced geosprocessing tasks using the imagery tools inArcGIS 10
- Learn to use the tools in the Image Analysis Window
- Use Help to learn more about using the imagery tools.
- Use Imagery Tools to carry out basic remote sensing processes including composite bands and image classification
Class Time Need for Exercise
This exercise is divided into five parts – four required and one optional exercise. Each requires:
- Exercise 1 - 1 to 1.5 hours *Depends on review of concepts on the Web.
- Exercise 2 - 1 to 1.5 hours
- Exercise 3 - 2 to 3 hours
- Exercise 4 - 3 to 4 hours
- Optional Exercise 1 - 1.5 to 2 hours
Software Required for Exercise
This exercise requires the use of ArcGIS 10, Spatial Analyst and an Internet connection. They also need adequate memory to store their projects.
- Students should understand basic use of a PC, file management and the use of the Internet. They should also have a basic understanding of the use of ArcGIS 10 and the Spatial Analyst extension
- Develop critical thinking skills by learning to use Help to use the image analysis tools in ArcGIS 10.
- Demonstrate skills in using basic to advanced techniques related to professional grade GIS software (specifically imagery tools in ArcGIS 10)
- Demonstrate skills in presenting and analyzing spatial data
- Demonstrate skills in basic remote sensing interpretation using image analysis tools and window
Evaluation & Deliverables
- Exercises include presentation of the outcomes from the processes used in the exercise including creation of graphs, maps and Models.
Evaluation & Deliverables
- Report (written and oral) on results of analysis as a presentation including appropriate maps and other visuals
Peter E. Price