Earth & Environmental Sciences
Visualize GPS Data with ArcGIS Online
August 19, 2013
Whether you're collecting water quality, weather, or species distribution data, there are often patterns that are only visible in a geographic context. Geographic Information System (GIS) software can help students visual data spatially but is often expensive and complex. With ESRI's ArcGIS online you can visualize data in seconds with a FREE account! Here's how to get started visualizing your geographic data!
- Collect your data using GPS sensor.
- Export the data to a text file.
- Open the share menu
- Select export data from the available options (connect a flash drive to export from the SPARK science learning system)
- Edit your data
Open the tab separated text file in a spreadsheet editor to manipulate heading names. It's important to remove any special characters like degree symbols from the headings.
- Login to ArcGIS Online
Sign up for a free public account or login to an existing account and go to the MAP tab.
- Drag the exported data onto the map.
- Map the data fields for latitude and longitude
- That's it!
Now you can edit the layer to visualize the data for different sensors.
This is an example of a hike in the Sierras with GPS and weather sensor. The data shown is the temperature along the trail.
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- PASPORT GPS Position Sensor (PS-2175)
- PASPORT Weather/Anemometer Sensor (PS-2174)
- SPARKlink Air (PS-2011)