Fall 2009

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Update
Past News Issues

MnGeo Update
Municipal Boundaries
Statewide LiDAR Update

LiDAR for Conservation
Geology/Ground Water Info

Governor's Council
Structures Grant
Arrowhead Collaboration

Goodhue Flood Site
LOGIS gGov Project
Winona Township Atlas
SMSC Presettlement Map

USGS Digital Map
FSA Photos '09
Congress & GIS Governance
Air Quality Maps
Presidential Election Map

Higher Education
UWRF Update
Monmonier at UofM

Scandia Resource Plan

Goodhue Land Use Model

Memorium: Bob Marx

Other Places
ASPRS 2011 Conference



UWRF GIS Program Update
By Dr. Charles Rader, University of Wisconsin – River Falls
UWRF is one of the other “state” schools in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. The Geography and Mapping Sciences Department offers a comprehensive major in Geography. The major consists of coursework in physical, human, regional, and geographic techniques. In 1982, the department established a minor in Cartography and in 1993, the minor was revised to be a GIS and Cartography minor.  
GIS and Cartography Minor
This minor is open to all majors at UWRF and we have had numerous students combine it with their majors in geography, biology, geology, conservation, landuse planning, agriculture, environmental science, and computer science. The minor consists of 21 credits of coursework. The courses emphasize both the theory and methods of GIS and Cartography and consist of eight dedicated courses taught in an up-to-date GIS laboratory using ESRI ArcGIS, Idrisi, and Adobe software. Courses cover GIS analysis, map design, interactive and animated mapping, digital image processing and GPS field methods. Flexibility is offered through additional courses in Computer Science and Environmental Science. Courses offered are:
  • Introduction to Cartography and GIS (GEOG 250)
  • Map Design (GEOG 351)
  • GIS: Theory and Methods (GEOG 360/560)
  • Field Methods and GPS (GEOG 366/566)
  • Quantitative Techniques (GEOG 365)
  • Digital Image Processing (GEOG 368/568)
  • Animated and Interactive Map Design (GEOG 455)
  • GIS: Analysis and Modeling (GEOG 460/660)  
Three faculty contribute expertise to the GIS and Cartography program at UWRF. Dr. Charles Rader (Ph.D. Michigan State University) has directed the development of the program since 1993 and has specializations in GIS modeling and analysis, analytical cartography, and map design. Dr. Mathew Dooley (Ph.D University of Nebraska – Lincoln) has specializations in GIS, map design, interactive and animated mapping, data analysis and visualization, and field methods. Most recently, Ian Muehlenhaus (M.A. Pennsylvania State University) serves as the GIS Lab Manager and has specializations in map design, interactive and animated mapping, web design, and GIS.
More Information
For more information, see the following UWRF webpages:
or contact Dr. Charles Rader, Department of Geography and Mapping Sciences, University of Wisconsin – River Falls: or 715-425-3264.