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RS/GIS Quick Start Guides
|Introduction to Quantum GIS (QGIS)
This tutorial introduces some basic concepts to get started using QGIS, an open source GIS application that is freely available and can be installed on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers.
|Creating a new shapefile and digitizing basics in ArcMap
This short tutorial goes over the basic steps necessary in creating a new shapefile in ArcMap, as well how to use the editor to digitize new features.
|GIS Data Formats
This guide introduces the basic differences between vector and raster GIS data formats.
|Projections and Datum
This guide introduces basic projection and datum information, including common California projections.
|Scale in GIS
This guide introduces considerations of scale when working in a GIS.
|Handheld GPS Buyers Guide
This guide reviews some of the options to consider when selecting a GPS receiver.
|GPS Field Protocol
This guide introduces considerations in using a GPS receiver for field work.
|Landsat Band Information
This guide introduces the individual landsat bands including information on features that they are best suited to identify, as well as five examples of commonly used band combinations in creating color composite images.
|Creating a multi-band GeoTIFF from individual files using ArcGIS
This short tutorial goes over the process of taking individual image bands and creating a multi-band image that can be viewed in color, using ArcMap.
|Creating a multi-band GeoTIFF from individual files using Erdas Imagine
This short tutorial goes over the process of taking individual image bands and creating a multi-band image that can be viewed in color, using Erdas Imagine.
|Loading and enhancing Landsat images in common geospatial software
This short tutorial goes over the process of loading and viewing a satellite image in ArcGIS, Erdas Imagine, and ENVI.
|Find and Format Species Data from GBIF
This short tutorial goes over the basic steps necessary in downloading species data, and formatting for use in Maxent.
|Using the ArcMap model builder to format environmental layers
This tutorial walks through building a simple model to batch process environmental data layers for use in Maxent.
|Creating a raster Mask from a vector layer in ArcMap
This tutorial details the necessary steps in creating a raster mask file from a vector shapefile in ArcMap.
|Displaying model results in ArcMap
This tutorial provides the basic steps necessary in displaying model output results in ArcMap.
Several other guides are available via the Biodiversity Informatics Facility, topics include:
Locating and loading imagery
Locating imagery on the Internet and loading it into popular software packages. Some information about 3-D visualization is also provided.
Classification and Multi-Date Comparison
Information about performing automated and manual classification using popular geospatial software.
Methods to facilitate validating classified image products.
These guides are freely available for use and modification through a
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.
License details: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/