Smith College Spatial Analysis Lab

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

The SAL is rhumb-ling ahead in the fall semester! With the new school year, we mosaicked a new team to support the charted and uncharted territories of GIS at Smith.

To briefly survey the lab’s topography: Jon, director/the prime meridian of the SAL; your friendly neighborhood post-bac spatial analysis fellow Tracy here; and a cluster of assistants with an array of interests and perspective that will bring the lab to another dimension.

Navigate to Current Bios where our dynamic (feature) class of lab members divulge more.

Didn’t catch all the GIS puns in this post? Don’t fret, (tool) help is on the way:

  • Rhumb line – an imaginary arc on the earth’s surface that crosses all meridians at the same angle
  • Mosaic – to composite two or more raster datasets into one single image
  • Chart – to plot courses for navigation
  • Survey – to examine and measure the features of an area
  • Topography – a representation of land surfaces
  • Prime meridian – 0° longitude in any coordinate system and referenced by all other meridians (lines of longitude); the internationally recognized Prime Meridian goes through Greenwich, London
  • Neighborhood – in spatial statistics, a neighborhood is the surrounding locations of the location of interest
  • Cluster – a classification scheme that groups likes and differences
  • Array – data structure made up of indexed values
  • Perspective – a view from a specified location
  • Dimension – a measurable extent
  • Navigate – interactively change the user’s or object’s position in GIS software
  • Dynamic feature class – point feature class associated with an address table; changes based on adjustments applied to the data table
  • Tool help – your best friend in learning GIS, can be found nestled in each analysis tool