Map Use and Interpretation
The Big Three
Identify each component of the "Big Three" when using or observing geographic technologies. The Big Three includes 1) Geographic Information Systems, 2) Global Positioning Systems, and 3) Remote Sensing.
Complete all typical map scale calculations related to land distance and area including unit conversions.
Datum and Coordinate Systems
Give and take coordinate references in UTM and lat / long and convert between the two.
select a datum and coordinate system appropriate for a given job-related task. Explain the logic of and give / take a reference in the PLSS
Configure a GPS receiver properly to use both with and without a map.
Lay-in and follow the course in a GPS receiver.
Measure elevation, distance, direction, slope, and aspect from digital or paper topographic maps.
Perform a simple statistical analysis of data on a USGS topographic map.
When presented with a typical specimen, perform a simple interpretation of a thematic map (e.g. Choropleth, Isoline)