Mapping Noise Pollution Data Using GPS

Author: Nicolas R. Malloy

Table of Contents

  1. Mapping Noise Pollution Data Using GPS
  2. Preparing to Collect GPS Data
  3. Setting up your GPS Receiver
  4. Changing the Position Format
  5. Improving accuracy
  6. Marking Your Waypoints
  7. Setting up Your Workspace
  8. Downloading Your Waypoints
  9. Downloading Data from the HSU Geospatial Data Hub
  10. Performing a Table Join
  11. Creating a Small-sized Map

The goal of this activity is to learn how to collect data using a GPS receiver and create a map. In this activity, you will start by recording noise levels in various locations on campus or near your neighborhood. You will use a GPS receiver to mark a waypoint at each spot. Then, you will download the data from the GPS receiver using DNRGPS software. After bringing the data into the ArcGIS software and you will create a small-sized map to be used as a figure in a lab report.

Estimated time to complete this tutorial: 4 hours

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this activity should be able to:

  • Conduct a data collection project using a GPS receiver
  • Practice downloading data from a GPS receiver using DNRGPS software
  • Demonstrate how to save one or more GPX files as a single shapefile.
  • Perform a table join in ArcMap
  • Apply classification methods to quantitative data
  • Design a small-sized map for a report