Lecture Notes

This class contains lectures and lab sessions with instruction in how to use GIS software. Any references to 'Athena' refer to MIT's campus-wide, UNIX® based computing environment, on which the GIS software is run. The GIS software is not provided on this site.

This section contains several of the lectures from the class, and a set of ideas relating to the final project and how it might develop.

Introduction to GIS (PDF)

Map Layout and Cartography (PDF)

Map Projections (PDF - 2.0 MB)

Digital Elevation Models (PDF)

Assembling a Cost-Distance Model (PDF)

Vector Processing (PDF)

Final Project Ideas (PDF)