Development of a graphical user interface to make GIS analysis accessible for modern and paleoenvironmental research
Robert Calderwood Bamford, University of Nevada, Reno, United States
University of Nevada, Reno . Awarded
A Geographic Information System (GIS) provides a powerful set of tools for the integration, visualization and analysis of diverse spatial data sets. A problem with adoption of GIS by many scientists is that it is a complex tool that requires a significant time investment to learn and operate. One solution to this impasse is to improve the interface between the user and the GIS system by removing the numerous and complex command line entries required to use a GIS, and to replace them with a Graphical User Interface (GUI). In this paper I explore the development and benefits of a GUI developed to organize and integrate the published literature on vertebrate faunas of the Great Basin and other modern and paleoenvironmental information with a spatial component. The integration and visualization of this data can then be used to better understand the environmental characteristics of modern and past environments.
Bamford, R.C. Development of a graphical user interface to make GIS analysis accessible for modern and paleoenvironmental research. Master's thesis, University of Nevada, Reno.
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