Can anybody give me some articles or show me some link where GIS is used to analyse and manage micro-environment, such as a college campus or a small locality. I need to do a project on micro-environment analysis using GIS, so i need some references from where i can get some ideas. Please help.

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Here are a few working examples from the University of Arkansas, namely CAST:

Many of these projects involve terrestrial laser scanning.

  • Sweet examples Chad!
    – Brad Nesom
    Apr 17, 2013 at 14:09

University of Texas A&M Uses gis to manage facilities.
Esri has extensive data models and education on this subject.
Campus Editing is an online map. (arcgisonline)
Which has the campus basemap
A search on arcgislonline will reveal the data model and other information including a free online training.


I think ArcGIS Spatial Analyst Tutorial is the best tutorial for site selection and spatial analysis . It's about finding a site for new school . users learn how to manipulate and combine data for spatial analysis.weighted overlay method used for the site selection.Users also learn how to use model builder and create a tool to automate the project.


A study was done at the Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie Canada for MRSA infection control: http://www.ssmic.com/UploadedFiles/files/GIS_Hospital_Infection_Control_CaseStudy_sept24_final_2008.pdf

They used GIS to monitor the spread of the disease and managed to determine the staff weren't following their own protocals, thus spreading the infection.


I understand your question to be calling for environmental GIS-related projects at a small scale. A few ideas come to mind:

  1. Tracking changes in forest cover utilizing classification of NAIP/Landsat imagery or comparisons of temporal NLCD datasets.
  2. Identifying potential point source water pollution and modelling basin run-off properties utilizing EPA geospatial data and ArcGIS hydrology toolset. There are tutorials here and here.

We used it as a design space for a stream rehab project where the study area was about 1000 feet. We were able to use GIS to model many different design surfaces by driving a virtual backhoe and using those results as modeling inputs. The platform proved to be much more stable than our original approach.



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