Cornell course PLSCS/NTRES 6200

In spring semster 2012, 2013, 2014 I co-taught CSS/NTRES 6200 Spatial Modelling and Analysis applied to agronomic and environmental systems; from spring semester 2015 through 2019 I have taught it by myself, with some guest lecturers. This has now been rebranded PLSCS ("[Integrative] Plant Sciences [Department], Soil & Crop Sciences [Section]") and NTRES ("Natural Resources") 6200, although many students come from other departments (Civil Engineering, Entomology, City & Regional Planning ...). The course is now part of the geospatial curriculum coordinated by Prof. Ying Sun.

"Theory and practice of applying geo-spatial data for resource inventory and analysis, biophysical process modeling, and land surveys. Emphasizes use and evaluation of spatial analytical methods applied to agronomic and environmental systems and processes. Laboratory section is used to process, analyze, and visualize geo-spatial data of interest to the student, ending in a comprehensive student project."

Students have mostly been first- or second-year MSc or MSc/PhD candidates eager to learn about spatial analysis for their thesis projects. Some senior undergraduates have also taken the course and done interesting projects. Students have come from natural resources, soils and crops, horticulture/plant sciences, plant breeding, agricultural and biological engineering, civil engineering, urban planning, development sociology, and government.
The materials from 2019 here are to give some idea of what is covered in the course. The course will be updated for 2020 based on student comments and my continuing education.

An important part of the course is a half-semester project in lab. time, typically working on students' own MSc/PhD projects or on similar data, to try out spatial analysis methods. Here are a few examples of projects, illustrating the diversity of research at Cornell, the kind of research that benefits from spatial analysis, and the range of interests in the course.

Author: D G Rossiter, dgr2 (at)

Last modified: Wed Jun 19 16:58:18 CEST 2019

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