How-To Notebook Part II


For the second part of your How-To notebook, you will design, execute, assess, revise and repeat a spatial analysis component of your research project.  Specifically, I want you to:

  1. Identify one spatial analysis component of your research project; those of you working on a non-thesis degree, find a project that interests you (harvesting on family land, drone volumetrics, etc).  In this step, you need to consider:
    • what the problem, concern, or issue is
    • why the outcome is important (why do you need this information)
    • how the output will be used to address this part of your project
  2. Design a spatial analysis to address this component of your project
    • document the location of your inputs
    • describe your expected output(s)
    • what are your inputs
    • what methods will you use
    • what coordinate system, spatial scale, etc
  3. Execute the spatial analysis
    • create a spatial model to execute your analysis
  4. Assess the results
    • document the output location of your results
    • describe the anticipated outcomes of your analysis
    • describe the unanticipated outcomes of your analysis
    • generate needed tabular summaries and graphs
    • paste screenshots of spatial data or insert tabular summaries into PowerPoint or Google Slide deck; provide a short summary of each (what it is you are looking at, why is it important, how it applies to the research, etc)
  5. Revise your spatial analysis
    • present these results to your major professor – if you can explain what you have done and how it contributes to your research, then you probably know what you are doing.
    • together, come up with an improvement or modification to the analysis
  6. Repeat your analysis
    • apply those improvements to your initial analysis
  7. Assess the results. 
    • repeat step 4
    • also, consider how the modification to your initial analysis affected the output; provide visual and/or tabular evidence of these differences
    • provide a short description of those differences and why they are different, if the differences are of any importance, etc
  8. Document, document, document!!!  By the end of this exercise, you will have
    • designed a relevant spatial analysis,
    • executed it,
    • documented and considered the output,
    • revised the spatial analysis,
    • re-analyzed, and
    • re-assessed your analysis.

The deliverable I am expecting is the well-documented Power Point slide deck you generate throughout this process.


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