Module 3 provides an introduction to the major categories, real-world applications, and potential benefits of spatial analysis.
Through completing this module, you will:
1. Watch Episode 4 of the Geospatial Revolution to learn about real-world examples of spatial analysis in action (English CC available; est. 18 min.).
2. Read chapter 5 of The ArcGIS Book: 10 Big Ideas about Applying The Science of Where (2nd ed.) to learn more about how spatial analysis techniques are used and how to employ a spatial approach to problem solving. Note: You do not need to complete the QuickStart and Learn ArcGIS Lesson sections of chapter 5.
Based on your interests and the potential relevance of these methods for your own work, choose one of the following tutorials to gain some hands-on experience applying spatial analysis techniques to solve real-world problems using ArcGIS Online. In each tutorial, you'll ask a geographic question, make maps to visually explore the data, and perform spatial analysis to generate and interpret results.
Note: In ArcGIS Online, you may occasionally run into issues where an analysis tool will fail on the first try. If this occurs when you are working through one of the tutorials below, try to rerun the analysis tool, and it will generally succeed after a few attempts.
Think about the following questions before moving on to Module 4. Consider keeping brief notes of your answers, which you might find helpful when developing your project or assignment outline in Module 5.