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Advanced Analytic Methods in Geospatial Intelligence
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The traditional approach to geospatial analysis is the intuitive technique. In order ...

The traditional approach to geospatial analysis is the intuitive technique. In order to improve analysis, relatively uncomplicated methods exist to help intelligence analysts structure their analysis. These structured methods, which can be applied to a broad range of problems, provide a scientific-like and demonstrable approach to analysis that can enhance the intelligence analyst objectivity. Structured methodologies do not replace the subjective insight of the intelligence analyst. Instead, the intent is to use a logical framework to illustrate and capitalize on intuition, experience, and judgment. A structured methodology provides a traceable and repeatable means to reach a conclusion. Significant for us, structured methods have significant value in that they can be taught. Structured methodologies are severely neglected in the geospatial realm. This course teaches the theory and practice behind a structured analytic method designed for geospatial intelligence, with particular emphasis given to selecting and applying appropriate analysis techniques to create and test hypotheses. Students will assess the various connotative biases and spatial fallacies that interfere with sound spatial thinking. Students also appraise basic analysis techniques including imagination, diagnostic, and challenging & reframing.

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Physical Geography
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Pennsylvania State University
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Penn State, College of EMS
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Mr. Steve Handwerk, Mr. David Jimenez, Dr. Gregory Thomas
The African Continent: Earthquakes, Tectonics and Geology
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Earthquakes are natural phenomena that can cause immense human suffering because of ...

Earthquakes are natural phenomena that can cause immense human suffering because of intense ground shaking, and are consequently of great societal importance. Earthquakes are also important because the seismic waves that generate the ground shaking provide scientists with important information about Plate Tectonics and geology, in particular information about the structure and composition of our planet and how the insides of the planet are deforming. In this course, earthquakes in Africa and the seismic waves they generate are used to help students to learn about the geology of Africa and how the earth beneath the African continent is being deformed by Plate Tectonics.

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Geology
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Pennsylvania State University
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Andy Nyblade
Alternative Fuels from Biomass Sources
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This course will examine the chemistry of technologies of bio-based sources for ...

This course will examine the chemistry of technologies of bio-based sources for power generation and transportation fuels. When you successfully complete this course, you will be prepared to: describe various biomasses that can be utilized for energy and fuel generation; explain the composition of various processes necessary for biomass processing; utilize the necessary chemistry, as well as mass and energy balances, that would be utilized in a biorefining facility; analyze how to utilize biofuels in current fuel infrastructure; illustrate what is required in a biorefinery.

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Environmental Science
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Pennsylvania State University
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Penn State, College of EMS
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Caroline B. Clifford
Applied Energy Policy
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The course is structured to provide students with the expertise necessary to ...

The course is structured to provide students with the expertise necessary to identify energy policy needs, craft policy alternatives, and evaluate energy policy. Emphasis on tailoring energy policy to meet not just economic goals but also environmental and social goals creates a global perspective from which students learn to approach energy policy challenges. This course will force students to think critically about these issues and really explore the finer nuances of economic and environmental implications of energy policy language.  Students will evaluate the interplay between policy decisions, environmental outcomes, and energy markets and become conversant in diverse, industry-relevant topics that will prepare them for careers in management surrounding issues of sustainability and energy resources.

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Environmental Science
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Pennsylvania State University
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Brandi Robinson
Cartography and Visualization
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This course is organized around seven projects and a capstone assignment. Each ...

This course is organized around seven projects and a capstone assignment. Each project includes readings, quizzes, and discussions about concepts and tools in cartography and visualization. Throughout the course, students complete “mile marker” assignments that are designed to help them progress toward the capstone assignment. Through the course projects, students confront realistic problem scenarios that incorporate such skills and concepts as creating symbolization schemes, coordinate systems and map projections, creating isoline and other terrain representations, interpolation, classification schemes, multivariate representation and representation of data uncertainty. Those who successfully complete the course are able to design and produce effective reference and thematic maps using GIS software and can interpret and critique maps and related information graphics.

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Geology
Physical Geography
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Pennsylvania State University
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Penn State, College of EMS
Author:
Adrienne Gruver
Cloud and Server GIS
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This course teaches students to use cloud and server GIS resources to ...

This course teaches students to use cloud and server GIS resources to solve problems for which geospatial data is an integral element. We will evaluate and implement systems using three cloud service models (infrastructure services, platform services, and software services). The course will contain both worked exercises and critical reading and writing for infrastructure, platform, and software service models. The course will teach you to set up cloud services for creating maps, cloud services for managing spatial data, and cloud services for processing spatial data. This course will challenge you to exercise the critical thinking and technical needed to evaluate and develop successful cloud GIS projects. Assignments focus on helping students improve their ability to write about and execute cloud GIS projects. A semester-long project involves creating a working cloud GIS project, including public presentation of results.

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Pennsylvania State University
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Author:
Jim Detwiler
Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society
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This course will provide students with a global perspective of coastal landscapes, ...

This course will provide students with a global perspective of coastal landscapes, the processes responsible for their formation, diversity, and change over time, as well as societal responses to current changes in the coastal zones around the world. Active learning elements include analyzing real data sets and applying critical thinking and problem-solving skills to real-world coastal issues that affect human populations. Students will complete a capstone project in which they consider a real-world coastal issue.

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Physical Geography
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Pennsylvania State University
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Penn State, College of EMS
Author:
Tim Bralower and Maureen Feineman
Conservation GIS
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Conservation GIS applies geospatial problem solving to ecological research and resource management ...

Conservation GIS applies geospatial problem solving to ecological research and resource management issues to enhance conservation planning. This course emphasizes the unique nature of each conservation problem and the multiple pathways that may result depending upon the geospatial techniques that are applied. Problem understanding is emphasized as a prerequisite to the application of the full range of possible geospatial techniques that could be used to unravel complex conservation challenges. Map making, a common thread when working with GIS, is only the beginning in this course and students will use the written word to describe the decision process that used to address each problem addressed in the course.

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Geology
Physical Geography
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Pennsylvania State University
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Author:
Joe Bishop
Contemporary Controversies in the Earth Sciences
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This course will introduce you to a variety of topics from different ...

This course will introduce you to a variety of topics from different disciplines within the Earth sciences, with the aim of piquing your interest in areas of current research being conducted here at Penn State.

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Pennsylvania State University
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Penn State, College of EMS
Author:
Eliza Richardson Marone
Critical Geospatial Thinking and Applications
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Upon completion of this course, the successful student will be able to: ...

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will be able to: describe the transcendent theme of the discipline of geography, describe the evolution of the discipline, describe current trends relative to geographic research and the applications of the tools of spatial analysis, describe and/or define the basis concepts, tools, models, and mathematical formulii used by geographers to analyze the spatial realities of the earth, apply the tools of spatial analysis to "real world" problems and issues, demonstrate comprehension of the implications of modern space and time adjusting technologies, describe the primary theories and models used for spatial analysis, and make logical predictions relative to future spatial patterns and interactions that are based upon the materials covered in lectures and assigned readings. 

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Physical Geography
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Pennsylvania State University
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Penn State, College of EMS
Author:
Dr. George van Otten
Cultural Intelligence, Applied Geography, and Homeland Security
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This course examines and illuminates the relationships between cultural geography, civil security ...

This course examines and illuminates the relationships between cultural geography, civil security and the stability of the existing world order. It rests firmly upon the application of the tools of spatial analysis that are at the heart of the discipline of geography, and is designed to help students develop the analytical processes that will lead to enlightened syntheses (intelligence products) about the connections associated with cultural differences and current internal and external threats to the security of the American homeland. It also is designed to encourage students to examine the impacts of cultural differences on the stability of the existing world order. The overarching objective of this course is to help successful students develop the knowledge, comprehension, and skills needed to effectively analyze current geospatial realities and, through the prism of cultural geography, create a rational predictive synthesis (intelligence summary) about potential human threats to the security of the nation.

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Pennsylvania State University
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George Van Otten
Cyber-Geography in Geospatial Intelligence
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This course examines various GEOINT themes and issues such as the geographies ...

This course examines various GEOINT themes and issues such as the geographies of cyberspace, the geopolitics of cyberwar, techniques that might be employed in such a conflict and how they are related to censorship on the Internet, ideas on regulation and network architecture, the politics of censorship and hacking and the politics of grassroots activism enabled by cyber Internet Communication Technologies (ICT). Students will interrogate a range of information systems, the emerging landscape defined by the “geographies of the Internet,” and the impacts as they concern the intersection of ICTs and intelligence. The course will be centered on a GEOINT nexus with emphases on technology, information theory, and geopolitics.

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Physical Geography
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Pennsylvania State University
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Penn State, College of EMS
Author:
Dr. Michael L. Thomas and Dr. Dennis J. Bellafiore
Data Management Plan Tutorial, Penn State University
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Welcome to the University Libraries Data Management Plan overview! In this tutorial, ...

Welcome to the University Libraries Data Management Plan overview! In this tutorial, you will learn what a data management plan is, why it is useful, and how to write a plan that provides the information funding agencies are seeking from researchers.

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Computer Science
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Pennsylvania State University
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Penn State, College of EMS
Author:
Patricia Hswe and Linda Musser
Earth Processes in the Critical Zone
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EARTH 530 will introduce you to the basic information necessary for understanding ...

EARTH 530 will introduce you to the basic information necessary for understanding Earth surface processes in the Critical Zone through an integration of various scientific disciplines. Those who successfully complete EARTH 530 will be able to apply their knowledge of fundamental concepts of Earth surface processes to understanding outstanding fundamental questions in Critical Zone science and how their lives are intimately linked to Critical Zone health.

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Geology
Physical Geography
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Pennsylvania State University
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Penn State, College of EMS
Author:
Tim White
Electromagnetic Spectrum Earth 103:Earth in the Future
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Description: Introduction to the science of Earth's climate system, the consequences of ...

Description: Introduction to the science of Earth's climate system, the consequences of future climate on Earth, strategies for how to minimize the effects of and adapt to a changing climate.

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Geology
Physical Geography
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Pennsylvania State University
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Penn State, College of EMS
Author:
Drs. Timothy Bralower and David Bice
Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection
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This course will covers a basic understanding and appreciation of energy efficiency ...

This course will covers a basic understanding and appreciation of energy efficiency and environmental concepts, basic operating principles of day-to-day energy conversion devices, various options to increase energy efficiency, ways to save energy and money, and ways to save the environment.

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Geology
Physical Geography
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Pennsylvania State University
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Penn State, College of EMS
Author:
Sarma Pisupati
Energy Industry Applications of GIS
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GEOG 469 is a required course for the Bachelor of Arts in ...

GEOG 469 is a required course for the Bachelor of Arts in Energy Sustainability and Policy online degree program, geared towards students who are able to study only part-time and at a distance. GEOG 469 provides students with an in-depth exploration of the complexities of siting decisions. The course introduces a variety of siting challenges that confront the energy industry and its customers and neighbors, but focuses on the siting of electrical transmission lines. The course also provides hands-on experience with a common decision support technology, and considers how the technology may be used to facilitate public participation in siting decisions.

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Pennsylvania State University
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Penn State, College of EMS
Author:
Ron Santini, David DiBiase
Energy Markets, Policy, and Regulation
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This course will provide a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how oil affects ...

This course will provide a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how oil affects international relations and commerce. The relationships between oil technology, social and political institutions, and the unique cultures in oil-producing regions will be investigated.

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Pennsylvania State University
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Penn State, College of EMS
Author:
Seth Blumsack