ArcGIS Intro

Overview of GIS
 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are digital

systems used to capture, store, analyze, manage, and present data that is linked to location. GIS data is typically gathered through remote sensing, land surveying, aerial photography, mathematics, geographic tools, census data, and a variety of other sources.
 ArcGIS is one of many software platforms used to analyze

geospatial data.
 GIS data is a digital representation of real world geo-

physical features


Overview of GIS
GIS data is typically stored in one of two forms:
1. Vector (linear) • Represented by geometric shapes: points, lines, and polygons (shapefiles) 2. Raster (matrix) • Represented by grids, a system of rows and columns of cells • Pixels • A location and value

•The Arcmap application utilizes various geospatial analysis tools •The organization of Arcmap is divided into menu bars, toolbars, and content trees


Toolbar Table of contents

Adding Data
*To add data into Arcmap click the Add Data button

Adding Data
• Navigate to folder of interest with raster DEM


about 30 meter resolution  1/3 arc-second .nationalmap.gov/viewer/ Where to get Data?  Raster Data.about 10 meters resolution  Select a National Elevation Dataset .Digital Elevation Model (DEM)  http://viewer.8/22/2013 Data • Digital Elevation Model (DEM) Identify • Click on the identify button (i) then click on raster Identify • • Identify Digital tool Elevation will give Model you a(DEM) preview of the pixel value in which you clicked • What does this “pixel value” represent? Where to get Data?  http://viewer.(ArcGRID)  Checkout > Enter Email > Place order  Download by coordinate input Draw Area 2 .nationalmap.gov/viewer/  Click Download Where to get Data?  Check Elevation  1 arc-second .

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