Higher Education

Exploring Tropical Cyclones: GIS Investigations for the Earth Sciences, 1st Edition

  • includes CD-ROM
  • Michelle K. Hall Science Education Solutions
  • Christian J. Schaller University of Arizona, Tucson
  • C. Scott Walker Harvard University
  • Larry P. Kendall
  • ISBN-10: 0534391478  |  ISBN-13: 9780534391478
  • 80 Pages
  • © 2003 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.25



The popularity of geographic information system (GIS) software as a tool in the social and physical sciences is growing rapidly. These three modular investigation guides let even novice users tap the power of ArcView® GIS to explore, manipulate, and analyze large data sets. Carefully designed and class tested, the guides emphasize the visualization, analysis, and multimedia integration capabilities inherent to GIS, while minimizing the need to master a complex software package. Exploring Water Resources make the nuts and bolts of using ArcView® GIS transparent to your students. By focusing on teaching with GIS rather than teaching about it, you can incorporate GIS easily into homework, discussions, or lab sessions. This flexible teaching resource motivates and enables your students to “learn by doing” as they use a full complement of GIS capabilities. EXPLORING TROPICAL CYCLONES: GIS INVESTIGATIONS FOR THE EARTH SCIENCES complements any introductory course in meteorology, oceanography, physical geography, natural hazards, Earth sciences, atmospheric science, and Earth systems science. The guide leads students through a set of exercises in which they are asked to explore, analyze, and then elaborate on the information extracted from a robust GIS dataset using ArcView®, the dominant GIS software tool in the school and college market. The GIS information has been preprocessed into maps and legends, and some ArcView procedures have been automated so students can focus on the science content. Extensive classroom testing at both the college and high school levels shows that students have little difficulty using the ArcView data sets to perform the exercises.

Table of Contents

The Great Hurricane of 1900. Discovering tropical cyclone patterns. Understanding cyclone physics. Powering tropical cyclones. Solving the cyclone puzzle.
Observing tropical cyclones. Tracking Hurricane Georges. Classifying tropical cyclones. Monitoring cyclone growth.
Sources of hurricane risk. The top ten US hurricanes. Exploring hurricane hazards. Risk to coastal communities.
Analyzing physical factors. Managing emergencies. Addressing demographic factors. Assessing infrastructure.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Historical Geology, 6th + Exploring Tropical Cyclones: GIS Investigations for the Earth Sciences (with CD-ROM)

ISBN-10: 049578995X  | ISBN-13: 9780495789956

List Price = $365.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $271.25

This Bundle Includes:

  • Historical Geology
    List Price = $291.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $219.00
  • Exploring Tropical Cyclones: GIS Investigations for the Earth Sciences
    List Price = $82.95  | CengageBrain Price = $82.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.25

Bundle: Extreme Weather and Climate + Exploring Tropical Cyclones + GIS Investigations for the Earth Sciences (with CD-ROM)

ISBN-10:  1111086079 | ISBN-13:  9781111086077

List Price = $284.95  | CengageBrain Price = $284.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $214.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • Extreme Weather and Climate
    List Price = $202.95  | CengageBrain Price = $202.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $152.25
  • Exploring Tropical Cyclones: GIS Investigations for the Earth Sciences
    List Price = $82.95  | CengageBrain Price = $82.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.25

Efficacy and Outcomes


"The strongest feature of these guides are the databases creates for analysis. There are some excellent data here, and it is well organized into ArcView files."

— James R. Carter, Illinois State University

"The data sets are very rich and well done. The strong connection between science and humanity is important for university students to appreciate--and is clear in these materials."

— Matthew A. Mabey, Ph.D., Brigham Young University

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michelle K. Hall

Michelle Hall and The SAGUARO Project team have developed a series of four GIS INVESTIGATIONS over the course of the last few years. These materials have been extensively class-tested at both the college and high-school level using funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

C. Scott Walker

C. Scott Walker is with Harvard University.

Larry P. Kendall

Larry Kendall is an independent consultant.