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Buttenfield, Barbara P Professor Emerita/Emeritus

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  • Dr. Buttenfield is a GIScientist and research cartographer whose scholarly work focuses on map generalization, multiscale database design, terrain analysis in natural hazards science, uncertainty in environmental modeling, and temporal analysis of census demography. She has also published on spatial data infrastructures, adoption of geospatial technologies, and digital libraries.

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  • Geographic Information Science, Data Generalization and Modeling, Multi-Scale Geospatial Databases, Terrain Analysis, Spatial Modeling and Uncertainty, Information Design, Census Demographic Modeling

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Teaching

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  • GEOG 4103 - Introduction to Geographic Information Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Explores advanced topics in geospatial databases, spatial analytics and geoprocessing in a Geographic Information System (GIS). Emphasizes how geographic concepts are linked to methodological frameworks for recording, transforming, storing/retrieving, analyzing, and processing geographic data as well as various forms of uncertainty. Exercises demonstrate the application of GIS-based methods to real world scenarios in interdisciplinary settings. Same as GEOG 5103.
  • GEOG 4203 - Geographic Information Science: Spatial Modeling
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Focuses on the use and development of advanced models for human and environmental applications in a geospatial environment integrating raster and vector data models. Covers terrain and hydrologic modeling, geostatistical modeling, dasymetric modeling, as well as multi-criteria modeling. Group projects critically design, implement and test spatial models to develop independent skillsets in a chosen problem setting. Recommended requisite: working knowledge of GIS software. Same as GEOG 5203.
  • GEOG 4503 - GIS and Geospatial Project Management
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Managing a geospatial project encompasses problem identification, project design, analysis and supporting team dynamics. The class mixes lectures and class exercises with student-selected projects and works through all stages of a project from articulating an initial idea to project planning and scoping, building a work plan, timeline and budget, executing the work plan and evaluating a project's progress. Same as GEOG 5503.
  • GEOG 5103 - Geographic Information Systems
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Explores advanced topics in geospatial databases, spatial analytics and geoprocessing in a Geographic Information System (GIS). Emphasizes how geographic concepts are linked to methodological frameworks for recording, transforming, storing/retrieving, analyzing, and processing geographic data as well as various forms of uncertainty. Exercises demonstrate the application of GIS-based methods to real world scenarios in interdisciplinary settings. Same as GEOG 4103.
  • GEOG 5203 - Geographic Information Science: Modeling Applications
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Focuses on the use and development of advanced models for human and environmental applications in a geospatial environment integrating raster and vector data models. Covers terrain and hydrologic modeling, geostatistical modeling, dasymetric modeling, as well as multi-criteria modeling. Group projects critically design, implement and test spatial models to develop independent skillsets in a chosen problem setting. Recommended prerequisite: GEOG 4103 or GEOG 5103 or working knowledge of GIS software or instructor consent required. Same as GEOG 4203.
  • GEOG 5503 - GIS and Geospatial Project Management
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Managing a geospatial project encompasses problem identification, project design, analysis and supporting team dynamics. The class mixes lectures and class exercises with student-selected projects and works through all stages of a project from articulating an initial idea to project planning and scoping, building a work plan, timeline and budget, executing the work plan and evaluating a project's progress. Same as GEOG 4503.
  • GEOG 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021
    Instructor consent required.

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