'Changes in urban development along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica using high-resolution aerial photography' - GEOG 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: J. Pablo Arroyo-Mora

Supervisor's Email: pablo.arroyo [at] mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone: 514-398-5316

Supervisor's Website: http://web.me.com/parroyo/

Supervisor's department: Geography

Course number: GEOG396 (Geography)

Term: Fall 2012-2013

Project start date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Project end date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Project title: Changes in urban development along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica using high-resolution aerial photography

Project description: In this project the student will analyze multi-temporal aerial color photos (1997-2005) in order to map changes in urban development along the pacific coast of Costa Rica. The study area has been characterized by an increasing economic foreign growth. Nonetheless the specific spatial characteristics of this growth are not fully understood. Therefore, the student will apply fine scale mapping of commercial and residential development. Furthermore, the student will carry out a literature review in order to explain the main socio-economic factors driving urban development in this region.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% data analysis in computer lab and 50% final report.

Other project information: The students requires excellent knowledge in ArcGIS 10, research skills (e.g. web of science) and EndNote.

Project status: This project is open to applicant.

How students can apply: Bring a printed copy of this application form and your advising transcript to me during office hours.

If other, please specify: Meeting with professor required

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.