What is GIS?
Modern day computers have revolutionized the mapmaking art of old. Computer generated maps are being used in a diversity of applications to communicate, and explain relationships between objects in both space and time. Example applications range from tracing historical events, drilling for valuable minerals, analyzing demographic data, to cartographic exposition. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a map is worth a treasure.
If you want to see an introductory lecture on mapping via GIS click the link below. It turns out that some of the the first maps produced by man (in the Ukraine 10,000 B.C.) were cadastral maps. Nothing wrong with the first GIS system being a mammoth tusk!
Workshop Introduction and First Lecture
History of our GIS Center
The Center for GIS & Remote Sensing at TCU was established in 1981 by Ken Morgan. The Center is housed in the Departments of Geology and Environmental Sciences. The center was remodeled in 2004 to serve as a focal point for campus wide research and educational needs related to geographic data analysis. Through the years, the Center has been an active promoter of spatial science technologies, and continues to play a crucial role in the Eco-Informa conferences which are held in locations throughout the world. The Center has software capabilities in ArcGIS with extensions (ESRI Inc.), ENVI and IDL (RSI Inc.), MF Works, TNTMips, and CANVAS among others. Hardware capabilities include 12 PCs (2.8-3.2 GHz), numerous Macs, digitizer, large format plotters, and USB-2000/256 NIR Visible-NIR spectrometer. The Center can upload data through the terrabyte server housed in the Geology department.
Research & Course Work
In 2004-2005 the Center was actively involved in projects in the Amazon rainforest in Southeast Peru through the Andes to Amazon project being led by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) ; another project involved mapping the air temperatures of urban environments around the Fort Worth Zoo using aerial imagery and thermal data from satellites.
The summer 2005 workshop was attended by IT specialists, personnel from non-profit agencies, local government, and independent consultants. We look forward to serving our community GIS and remote sensing needs.
Link to Pictures from 2005 Workshop
The following courses are offered at the Center:
Introduction to GIS
Advanced GIS I: Spatial Analysis
Advanced GIS II: Programming with ArcObjects
Image Interpretation/Imaging Spectroscopy