GEOGRAPHY 404ta – Field Course
Imagery and topographic maps have long served as useful representations of the urban setting both as an aid in understanding the historical and contemporary area where you work and live and as a surrogate for looking at far places that are not conveniently accessible. However, their perspectives of the earth are not familiar ones to most people, and some training on the meaning of the images and symbols is helpful in understanding the revealed spatial patterns and processes. Each has some unique advantages and so the purpose of this class is to gain experience in gathering information these two graphic representations and relating it to the milieu.
Learning Outcomes: The central goal of this class is to provide an introduction to visualizing the urban milieu through imagery and maps and then comparing that visualization to actual urban landscapes.
By the end of this course you will have learned:
- to read maps and aerial images. Aerial images capture a sense of place at a point in time while maps present a filtered view of spatial relationships that reveal the effects of natural and human processes over space.
- to better understand the structure of cities and the cultural landscape. The content and look of aerial photos and maps reveal features that are the result of natural and human processes. Recognizing them gives a broad understanding of what is occurring in an area.
- some basic skills in map and photo measurement such as scale, distance, area, and height measure of objects.
- some practical field skills in wayfinding.
Exercises: Will be assigned at the beginning of a lab period and are to be turned in at the end of the day scheduled for completion (1 or 2 weeks later).
Mapping: Ways of Representing the World,
Daniel Dorling and David Fairbairn, 1997
Seeing Through Maps: Many Ways to See the World,
Denis Wood, W. Kaiser, B. Abrams, 2006
100 Topographic Maps,
Richard DeBruin, 1992
Humboldt State University: Topographic Mapping
Topographic Maps in Metal Detecting
Landscape examples on topo maps
First Week Characteristics of Cities in maps and photos
1. Identifying Features on Photos (5)
Second Week Types of Images, the EM Spectrum
2. Image types (5)
Third Week (cont.)
Fourth Week Image Properties and Errors
3. Calculating Scale (5)
Fifth Week Images of Urban Places
Sixth Week (cont.)
Seventh Week Photos in the Field, GPS
4. Recording field info (10)
Eighth Week Wayfinding in the Field, the Compass
5. Campus Wayfinding (5)
Ninth Week GPS in the Field
6. Waypoints, Routes, Geocaching
Tenth Week Topographic Maps and Symbols, Grid Systems and Projections
7.Map Reading (5)
Eleventh Week Interpretation of Urban Patterns on Maps
8. Observing Cities on Topo Maps (5)
Twelfth Week Mapping Street Info on Parcel Maps
9. A walk along Reseda (10)
Thirteenth Week Describing a Tract
10. Describing a Neighborhood on foot
Fourteenth Week Lab
Fifteenth Week Lab