Teaching Spatial Concepts with Drive Time Buffers

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  • Higher Ed
  • Middle School
  • Primary
  • Secondary

Teaching spatial concepts and analysis can be effectively done with web-based GIS tools. One type of spatial analysis involves the use of buffers–areas that show proximity to mapped features. One kind of buffer is a “drive time” or “service area” buffer, which can be used to calculate and display the amount of time required to walk, bicycle, or drive to or from a certain location. This developer map is also useful for teaching to create some buffers, in this case, drive time.

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