11 September

Of any topic we can ask these questions: ...and very often the underlying question is: how do we find out more about...

We have a pretty good range of powerful tools for information-finding, among them:

Demography is a basic building block for what we'll be doing.
  1. Historical trajectories
  2. exponential growth? WHY? B>D ...but how and why? ==> 'demographic transition' (see exponential and logistic applets and demographic transition)
  3. Individual events: Birth, Death, Marriage, Migration
  4. Population processes: Fertility, Mortality, [Mobility] ==> CBR, GFR, TFR; causes of death; push and pull
  5. Population structure: sex and age (see population pyramids)
  6. Population projections (see PRB World Population Data Sheets)
  7. spatial distribution (see CIESIN gridded population and The Night Sky)

ArcView introduction, metaphor and bare bones (vector GIS) using p:/leblanc/11sept.apr

...and beginning to think about Projects:

Each participant will select a geographical region (which may be large or small, but should be clearly delimitable, and should be negotiated with the instructors) and use available information resources to explore and analyze its past history and present situation as a locus of anthropogenic change. The final product of this research will be a suite of Web pages introducing the region, including maps and an annotated guide to information resources for the region. We expect that work on projects will be continuous through the term, and will be reflected in Web pages, including (1) an ongoing log file and (2) material related to topics discussed in class. The instructors will monitor evolving Web pages, and will review and grade progress in mid-October and mid-November.
?Making Web pages?