[Gis] Fwd: [EdGIS] 5 activites using ArcGIS Online to investigate wind and wind energy
janderson at uen.org
Sun Oct 9 22:50:31 MDT 2011
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From: Joseph Kerski <jkerski at esri.com<mailto:jkerski at esri.com>>
Date: October 9, 2011 7:54:55 PM MDT
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Subject: [EdGIS] 5 activites using ArcGIS Online to investigate wind and wind energy
The following 4 activities provide a good spatial GIS supplement to the National Youth Science Day Wired for Wind, but they may be useful in general use in education. I have started at the continental scale, moved to the state scale, then ask students to analyze a region, and then finish up at an example school campus-and then their own school campus. Each uses the spatial perspective and GIS as a tool to think critically and analytically.
(1) Analyzing Current Wind Speed and Direction in North America
This activity uses ArcGIS Online, a Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) as a tool for examining the spatial or geographic dimensions of current wind speed and direction. Compare your own data gathered to the online current wind speed and direction. Consider why and where winds blow.
(2) Siting a Wind Farm in Indiana
This activity uses ArcGIS Online, a Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) as a tool for siting a wind farm in Indiana. Use proximity and several variables to determine the ideal site for a wind farm.
(3) Exploring the San Gorgonio Wind Farm, California
This activity uses ArcGIS Online, a Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) as a tool for exploring the San Gorgonio Wind Farm, California. Consider why terrain, wind speed and direction, and population base make this the ideal place for a wind farm. Investigate a different wind farm and create a map telling its story in ArcGIS Online.
(4) Siting a Wind Turbine on Your School Campus
This activity uses ArcGIS Online, a Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) as a tool for siting a wind turbine on a typical school campus, and your own school campus. Consider relief, proximity to buildings, wind speed, local access, and other variables, first by examining Platte Valley High School, and then your own campus.
(5) Let's say you have worked through the 4 ArcGIS Online activities above and now you want to dig deeper. I have created the following activity entitled "Stormy Weather" that will allow you to just that:
Stormy Weather: Investigating One-Day Patterns of Tornadoes, Wind, and Hail Using ArcGIS
Summary: In this lesson, you will use ArcGIS (version 10) and spatial analysis to investigate one day patterns of tornadoes, wind, and hail across the USA. In this activity, you will (1) examine a predetermined single day of tornado, wind, and hail in the USA using ArcGIS Desktop 10 software (22 April 2011), and (2) download and examine a different day of tornado, wind, and hail data of your own choosing. You will also use spatial statistics to help understand the pattern of the tornadoes, and you will also compare the pattern of your 1-day of tornadoes to historical tornadoes.
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