Task Review the chapter by O'Sullivan and Unwin (2002) and write a brief summary in your own words of the relationship between spatial analysis and GIS.

Geographic Information Analysis and Spatial Data
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Source: O'Sullivan D and Unwin D, 2002. Chapter 1 in Geographic Information Analysis. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. Pp. 1-25. <http://media.wiley.com/product_data/excerpt/61/04712117/0471211761.pdf> URL last accessed 27-11-2007.

e-Tutorial: Definitions


Task Attend this lecture that will help you to answer the following questions: What is a geographical model? What is the difference between a statistical and a process model? How do you construct a model? What is the relationship between model parameters and the data envelope? How can you apply a model? Follow up the lecture by reading Caminiti's (2004) example of catchment modelling.
Geographical (Spatial) Modelling
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Source: Trodd N, 2005.
Implementing a Catchment Model
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Source: Caminiti JE, 2004. Catchment modelling—a resource manager’s perspective, Environmental Modelling and Software, 19, 991–997.
Task Read Trodd et al. (2004) and complete the e-tutorial exercise.
Creating Information by Spatial Analysis
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Source: Trodd N, Cornelius S, Heywood I and Mitchell A, 2005. Creating information by spatial analysis.

e-Tutorial: Spatial Questions



The following articles describe research using a geospatial model in a variety of different application domains. Your task is to read the articles and answer the following questions:

  • What spatial question(s) has been asked?
  • What type of model was used? Empirical or process model?
  • Identify the model parameter(s)
  • Which model(s) were used to make a prediction?
  • Which model(s) are built in GIS, are linked to GIS, or are developed completely independently of GIS?
Landslide Characteristics and Slope Instability
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Source: Dai FC and Lee CF, 2002. Landslide characteristics and slope instability modeling using GIS, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, Geomorphology, 42, 213-228.
Urban Sprawl
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Source: Sudhira HS, Ramachandra TV and Jagadish KS, 2004. Urban sprawl: metrics, dynamics and modelling using GIS,International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 5, 29-39.
Long-term Volcanic Risk from Pyroclastic Flows
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Source: Alberico I, Lirer L, Petrosino P and Scandone R, 2002. A methodology for the evaluation of long-term volcanic risk from pyroclastic flows in Campi Flegrei (Italy), Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 116, 63-78.
Dust Storms
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Source: Song Z, 2004. A numerical simulation of dust storms in China, Environmental Modelling & Software, 19, 141-151.
Pyroclastic Flow Hazard
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Source: Sheridan MF, Hubbard B, Carrasco-Nunez G and Siebe C, 2004. Pyroclastic Flow Hazard at Volcán Citlaltépetl, Natural Hazards, 33, 209-221.
Volcano Hazard Prediction
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Source: Renschler CS, 2005. Scales and uncertainties in using models and GIS for volcano hazard prediction, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 139, 73-87.