Mapping Local Data in a GIS

This activity offers an introduction to working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by using field data on the Urban Heat Island Effect that was collected by students. The field data is entered in the GIS, displayed in a map, and analyzed.

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Debbie Dogancay
Newbury Park High School
Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter

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Original student research produced by following the guidelines would be appropriate for a science fair or a class project.

More discussion questions and guidelines of how these findings fit in a larger context of climate change and human impacts is necessary.