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SpatiaLABS 2013 Teaches Students Spatial Reasoning Skills

REDLANDS, Calif., March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Designed for disciplines across the entire university, SpatiaLABS 2013 Edition complements and enhances an instructor's course with geospatial investigations. The computer-based lab sessions, published by Esri Press, build students' spatial reasoning and analysis skills.

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SpatiaLABS 2013 Edition presents problems or topics to investigate, such as Impacts of Sea Level Rise and Storms on Manhattan, Customer Profiling: Demographic and Lifestyle Segmentation, Evaluating Maple Sap Production Potential, and High School Dropouts: The Effect of Neighborhood Characteristics. Then students use geographic information system (GIS) tools—which provide analytic capabilities to question, interpret, and visualize data—to reveal patterns and relationships. Students develop GIS and cartography skills along the way; however, the primary focus is teaching students how to approach and solve geospatial problems.

The SpatiaLABS collection has grown in number to 64 lessons since its first release in 2012, and all lessons are compatible with Esri's ArcGIS software. In addition, these lessons complement Esri's Educational Site License program, which provides geospatial software and training to colleges and universities.

Topics span many subjects of interest to students in the physical, social, and applied sciences. And although each has been written with skill prerequisites in mind—from no GIS exposure to advanced projects—SpatiaLABS are customizable, so educators can make them more or less challenging.

Delivered on DVD, the lessons are uploaded to the school's server to allow access by all campus faculty. Each instructor can then download the lessons—which are provided in editable file formats—and easily customize each lesson, if desired. SpatiaLABS 2013 Edition is available for an annual license fee. To learn more and to order, visit esri.com/spatialabs or call 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit esri.com/offices to contact your local Esri distributor.

About Esri Press

Esri Press publishes books on GIS, cartography, and related topics. The complete selection of GIS titles from Esri Press can be found on the web at esri.com/esripress.

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at www.esri.com.

Esri, the Esri globe logo, GIS by Esri, ArcGIS, www.esri.com, and @esri.com are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of Esri in the United States, the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions. Other companies and products mentioned herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective trademark owners.

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