This was a great decision because I gained a lot of hands on experience working with GIS software and learning about the many applications that are involved with GIS. Plus, I will end up with a Bachelors Degree and a Post-Graduate Certificate after four years as opposed to five. While at Niagara College, I discovered that GIS presents a wide variety of employment opportunities and that I enjoyed the field very much. As a result, I found my career path for when I finish my studies at Brock this coming April.
Now, on to my day…
My only class for the day was a fourth-year Advanced Remote Sensing that has us completing a Remote Sensing based project of our choice in small groups. Our group chose to undertake urban change detection in the four-mile creek area using high-resolution orthoimagery. This involved creating supervised classifications of our study areas using Exelis ENVI Classic. Today, we brought the results of the classifications into ArcGIS in order to conduct a raster analysis to pinpoint areas where once arable land is now covered by urban features.
Viewing a supervised classification result in ArcGIS.
For the rest of my day, I will be working on completing assignments for my other courses. These include:
Population data for Vancouver.
Lastly, while I am in the middle of working on the projects I have listed above, I like to stop every now and then and read about what’s going on in the world. I have particularly been interested in reading about the ESA’s Rosetta mission. Every time I read about details of the mission, I can’t help but think that I have learned some of the same skills that the team is using to analyze the comet through Remote Sensing.