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The activity allows students to utilize the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to quickly analyze data pertaining to hurricanes recorded over the period 1851-2000. Students require a brief introduction to the physical characteristics and occurrence of hurricanes in the Atlantic region, the storage of GIS data on their computer, and the start-up of ArcView GIS. The instructions in the exercise are sufficiently detailed to allow students to explore spatial patterns of hurricanes, the impact of hurricanes on major U.S. cities, and the history of hurricanes in various regions of the U.S. The exercise includes numerous questions that require students to analyze data and synthesize their findings, but these types of questions are few compared to the (great) number of questions that prompt brief, and sometimes obvious answers. The exercise should be condensed to become more appropriate for college-level courses, although this is just my opinion.
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