Maps and Spatial Reasoning

Meet the Faculty

Keith Clarke

Keith Clarke is a research cartographer and professor at UCSB. He holds the B.A. degree with honors from Middlesex Polytechnic, London, England, and the M.A. and Ph. D. from the University of Michigan, in Geography, specializing in Analytical Cartography. He joined the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1996, and chaired the department of Geography from 2000-2006. Dr. Clarke's research has been on environmental simulation modeling, on modeling urban growth using cellular automata, on terrain mapping and analysis, on wearable and mobile computing for GIS, and on the history of the CORONA remote sensing program. Dr. Clarke is the former North American Editor of the International Journal of Geographical Information Systems, and series editor for the Prentice Hall Series in Geographic Information Science. He is the author of the textbooks, Analytical and Computer Cartography (2 editions) (Prentice Hall, 1995), Getting Started with GIS (1997) (5 editions), the forthcoming Maps and Web Mapping (2015), and over a hundred book chapters, journal articles, and papers in the fields of cartography, remote sensing, and geographic information systems. A former two term chair of the National Academy of Sciences Mapping Sciences Committee, Dr. Clarke chaired National Research Council studies on the National Map, on Research Priorities and on Workforce for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. For his work on the USGS Geography Discipline long-term science planning team, he received the John Wesley Powell award in 2005, that organization's highest level of recognition for those outside of the Federal government. Since 2006, he has been a member of the National Geographic Society’s Committee on Research and Exploration, the Society’s grant-making board, and the Cartography and Geographic Information Society recently presented him with the 2013 Distinguished Career award.

Created by Professor Keith Clark at UC Santa Barbara

Maps and Spatial Reasoning

Spring Quarter 2018
UC Santa Barbara, GEOG W12
4 quarter units / 2.67 semester units

This class surveys the properties of maps, emphasizing map use, spatial thinking, and interpretation. Lecture topics include map abstraction, generalization, map projections, and symbolization. Special purpose maps, thematic maps, and the display of quantitative and qualitative information are considered.

Important dates: 

Registration opens: June 1, 2018 
Registration ends: Sep 27, 2018
First day of instruction: Sep 28, 2018
Last day of instruction: Dec 15, 2018


Please click here to download a syllabus for this course.

Course meeting requirements: 
There are 24 coursework modules, plus 9 online labs. Class participation via Canvas LMS is part of the grade.

Keith Clarke