Viewshed and Cost Distance Analysis in ArcGIS

Workshop | April 14 | 1-3 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Nico Tripcevich, UC Berkeley, Archaeological Research Facility

 Archaeological Research Facility

In this introductory GIS workshop we will conduct two common types of terrain-based analysis used by archaeologists: Viewshed and Cost-distance analysis. Both of these methods attempt to improve on geographical analyses of archaeological landscapes by incorporating topographic relief into the study to better approach the human experience of terrain. Viewsheds are the areas of land visible from discrete points or lines (such as along travel routes). Cost distance studies estimate the costs of travel between points on the landscape by building on certain assumptions about travel effort, historical paths, and other factors. The cost model we will use is based on Tobler’s walking model where travel speed is a function of slope. This workshop will make use of the new Analytical Environments on Demand (AEoD) from IST so you may bring any laptop (Mac/Linux/Windows) with an updated browser installed. You will not need ArcGIS running on your computer.

Registration Info: Workshops cost $50 for non-UC attendees. The workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff. Register for this workshop by noon on Thurs April 13 at:
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