Length: 4 weeks, 1 hour per week
Maps are used for both professional and recreational purposes. This course is aimed at anyone who would like to understand how maps are created and, mostly, to understand how to decrypt the information on a map. We will analyze the basics of maps and how we can “read” them to understand their meaning.
Concepts including scale, symbols, and coordinates will be explained with practical examples of maps based mostly on the ones used in the US. Electronic cartography, GPS navigation and GIS are other important tools that supplement the traditional printed maps. Their basic notion and applications will be illustrated.
Finally, some specific maps for the island of Martha’s Vineyard will be used as examples so to link the learning experience to our territory.
Dr. Giorgio Caramanna is a geologist with more than twenty years of experience in research and teaching at the university level. He moved to the Vineyard in 2015 and lives here with his wife and son. He is currently a consultant for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and runs his own
consulting firm, Geo Aqua Consulting in the field of geology research and associated technical support.
Cost for Course: $39
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