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An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology: Supplementary Workbook Two: Working With Raster Data Layers [Paperback]

Colin D. MacLeod

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Book Description

7 Oct 2013
This book is the second companion volume to ‘An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology’. It is designed to augment the information on using GIS in marine biology provided in that book, and, indeed, to be used alongside it rather than to be used independently as a stand-alone volume. Therefore, this book will be of most interest to those who have already read ‘An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology’.

This book consists of five exercises covering the practical use of GIS in marine biology using ESRI’s ArcGIS® 10.2 software. These exercises are based around creating and using raster data layers to display and analyse environmental variables. They range from making raster data layers of environmental variables to linking this information to data layers of species occurrence.

Working through these five exercises will help the novice GIS user obtain experience in working with raster data layers of environmental variables and so develop their GIS skills. Unlike most other GIS tutorials, this information is specifically presented in a marine biological context and all the exercises use real data from a marine biological study. Therefore, these exercises are more likely to provide the kind of experience in using GIS that marine biologists will find useful and applicable to their own research.

These exercises are presented in the same easy-to-follow flow diagram-based format first introduced in the ‘How To...’ section of ‘An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology’. They are accompanied by images which show the user how their GIS project should look as they progress through the exercises, allowing them to compare their own work to the expected results.

This is part of the PSLS series of books which use Task-Oriented Learning (TOL) to teach the practical application of research skills to the life sciences. This involves demonstrating how these skills can be used in the specific circumstances in which they are likely to be required rather than concentrating on teaching theoretical frameworks or on teaching skills in a generic or abstract manner. By seeing how the similar processes are used to achieve a variety of different goals within a specific field, it becomes easier for the reader to identify the general rules behind the practical application of these processes and, therefore, to transfer them to novel situations they may encounter in the future.

Table Of Contents:


1. Introduction

2. How To Use The ArcGIS 10.2 Software User Interface .

3. Exercise One: Creating A Raster Data Layer Of Water Depth.

4. Exercise Two: Deriving Additional Topographic Raster Data ayers From Water Depth

5. Exercise Three: Using Zonal Statistics To Calculate Regional Occupancy Rates For A Species.

6. Exercise Four: Linking And Comparing Data From An Environmental Raster Data Layer To Species Locational Records

7. Exercise Five: Linking Data From Environmental Raster Data Layers To A Polygon Grid Of Species Abundance Per Unit Survey Effort.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Pictish Beast Publications; 1st Edition edition (7 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956897428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956897428
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.3 x 0.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 857,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Colin D. MacLeod graduated from University of Glasgow with a honours degree in Zoology in 1994. He then spent a number of years outside of the official academic environment, working as, amongst other things, a professional juggler and magician to fund a research project conducting the first ever study of habitat preferences in a member of the genus Mesoplodon, a group of whales about which almost nothing was known at the time.

He obtained a masters degree in marine and fisheries science from University of Aberdeen in 1998 and completed a Ph.D. on the ecology of North Atlantic beaked whale species in 2005, using techniques ranging from habitat modelling to stable isotope analysis. Since then he spent time working as either a teaching or research fellow at the University of Aberdeen.

He has taught Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the University of Aberdeen, at the University of Bangor (as a guest lecturer) and elsewhere. He has been at the forefront of the use of habitat and species distribution modelling as a tool for studying and conserving cetaceans and other marine organisms.

He has co-authored over 40 scientific papers on subjects as diverse as beaked whales, skuas, bats, lynx, climate change and testes mass allometry, many of which required the use of GIS.

In 2011, he created Pictish Beast Publications to publish a series of books aimed at introducing life scientists to key practical skills and GIS In Ecology (see www.GISinEcology.com for more information) to provide training and advice on the use of GIS in marine biology and ecology.

A copy of his current CV/Resume can be found at http://www.gisinecology.com/Colin_D_MacLeod.htm

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Dr. Colin D. MacLeod has twenty years experience as a marine biologist working with whales and dolphins, seabirds and squid. He has also spent over a decade working with geographic information systems (GIS) and teaching marine biologists and ecologists how to use it in their research.

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