Advanced GIS Landscape Modeling

LA 590K

Note:  LA 590K has been replaced by LA 567X

Paul F. Anderson and Kevin L. Kane

Course description and objectives

Application of GIS modeling techniques to landscape planning and management issues.  Modeling applications for studio projects, outreach projects, and research projects.

Use of descriptive and predictive GIS modeling techniques, including logit modeling (logistic regression), spatial statistics, geo-statistics, environmental diversity indices, Boolean logic, and map algebra.

You can view some examples of project applications (Kevin's and Paul's) that used these modeling techniques (these Eslides were originally created in PowerPoint).  You can also view Paul's PowerPoint summary of ModelBuilder applications and examples that he prepared for the ASLA Iowa Chapter Fall Conference and ISU GIS Day at the ISU Memorial Union.

ArcView and Spatial Analyst extension are the primary modeling tools.  We will also use the Spatial Analyst ModelBuilder extension. ESRI just designated our class as a Beta test site for the new software.  You can view information about ModelBuilder at

Course organization

Part 1  (3 weeks)
Course overview and organization. Review of ArcView and Spatial Analyst modeling tools. Hands-on individual exercises.
Part 2  (4 weeks)
Fundamentals of descriptive and predictive GIS modeling for landscape planning and management.  Class project in teams.  Analysis of a single study area.
Part 3  (8 weeks)
Application of modeling tools and procedures to a studio project, outreach project, or research project.  Individual project selected by each student.

Computer lab photos

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Course registration details

LA 590K, 2 credits, section PA, touchtone reference number 9592 065

Fall semester: TR 8-10, PC computer lab (room 440 College of Design)

The first day of class (Tuesday, August 24) we'll help each of you fill out an independent study form that lists the course content, objectives, and requirements for successful completion.


Required text at the bookstore
Chou, Yue-Hong. 1997. Exploring Spatial Analysis in Geographic Information Systems. Onword Press. 474 p.
Selected required readings on reserve or in handouts
Allen, Kathleen M.S., and others. 1990. Interpreting Space: GIS and Archaeology. Taylor & Francis, London.
Burrough, P.A. 1986. Principles of Geographical Information Systems for Land Resources Assessment. Clarendon Press, Oxford.
Burrough, Peter A. and Rachael McDonnell. 1998. Principles of Geographical Information Systems. Oxford University Press, New York.
Clarke, Keith C. 1997. Getting Started with Geographic Information Systems. Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle R, NJ.
Douglas, William J. 1995. Environmental GIS: Applications to Industrial Facilities. Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton.
Dramstad, Wenche E., James D. Olson, and Richard T.T. Forman. 1996. Landscape Ecology Principles in Landscape Architecture and Land-Use Planning. Island Press, Washington, D.C.
Fisher, Peter. 1995. Innovations in GIS. Taylor and Francis, London.
Formann, Richard and Michel Godron. 1986. Landscape Ecology. John Wiley and Sons, New York.
Haines-Young, Roy, and others. 1993. Landscape Ecology and Geographic Information Systems. Taylor & Francis, London.
Huxhold, William E. 1991. An Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems. Oxford, New York.
Jensen, John R. and others. 1992. Predictive Modeling of Cattail and Waterlily Distribution in a South Carolina Reservoir. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Nov. 1992, Vol. LVIII, No. 11. p. 1561-71.
Joao, Elsa. 1998. Causes and Consequences of Map Generalization in GIS. Taylor and Francis, London.
Katz, Michael and Dorothy Thornton. 1996. Environmental management Tools on the Internet. St. Lucie Press, Boca Raton.
Laurini, Robert, and Derek Thompson. 1992. Fundamentals of Spatial Information Systems. Academic Pr., London
Lyon, John G. and Jack McCarthy. 1995. Wetland and Environmental Applications of GIS. Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton.
McHarg, Ian. 1971 (1995). Design with Nature. Doubleday/Natural History Press (Wiley), New York.
Marsh, William M. 1991. Landscape Planning: Environmental Applications. Wiley and Sons, New York.
Martinez-Falero, Eugenio, and Santiago Gonzales-Alonso. 1995. Quantitative Techniques in Landscape Planning. CRC Press/Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton.
Moore, David S. 1991. Statistics: Concepts and Controversies. Freeman, New York. 439 p.
Miller, Michael C. 1996. Analysis of Historic Vegetation Patterns in Iowa Using Government Land Office Surveys and a Geographic Information System. MLA thesis, Department of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University, Ames.

Monmonier, Mark. 1982. Computer-Assisted Cartography: Principles and Prospects. Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Monmonier, Mark. 1996. How to Lie with Maps. University of Chicago Press.

Petch, James and Derek Reeve. 1998. People, Organizations, and GIS. Taylor and Francis, London.

Peuquet, Donna J. and Duane F. Marble. 1990. Introductory Readings in Geographic Information Systems. Taylor and Francis, London.

Ripple, William J. 1987. GIS for Resource Management: a Compendium. American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Falls Church, Virginia.

Scott, J. Michael. 1996. Gap Analysis: a Landscape Approach to Biodiversity Planning. American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Bethesda, Maryland.

Star, Jeffrey, and John Estes. 1990. Geographic Information Systems: An Introduction. Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Steiner, Frederick. 1991. The Living Landscape: an Ecological Approach to Landscape Planning. McGraw-Hill, New York.

Steiner, Frederick and John E. Theilacker. 1984. Protecting Farmlands. AVI Publishing, Westport, Connecticut.

Thompson, George F. and Frederick R. Steiner. 1997. Ecological Design and Planning. Wiley, New York.

Tomlin, C. Dana. 1990. Geographic Information Systems and Cartographic Modeling. Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Tufte, Edward R. 1983. Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Graphics Press, Cheshire, Conn.

Tufte, Edward R. 1990. Envisioning Information. Graphics Press, Cheshire, Conn.

Tufte, Edward R. 1997. Visual Explanations. Graphics Press, Cheshire, Conn.

Way, Douglas. 1973. Terrain Analysis. Dowden, Hutchinson, and Ross, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Williams, Edward A., and Alison K. Massa. 1983. Siting of Major Facilities. McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York.

International Journal of GIS and other periodicals describing modeling techniques

We also will hand out copies of several case study reports.

Paul Anderson's home page

Last revision: 15 May 2002