Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue

GEOG 160 - Intermediate Geographic Information Systems

Professor: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue
Department of Global Studies and Geography
Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York 11549 USA
Phone: (516) 463-5765. Fax: (516) 463-6519.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used to encode, store, analyze, and report spatial data. This course expands the GIS foundations, concepts, and application techniques already acquired in the introductory course (GEOG 60: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems). It mainly focuses upon the professional applications of the GIS technology as well as the understanding of more advanced spatial analysis functions such a digitizing, geocoding, classification, and overlay analysis. The student is expected to become proficient in applying GIS for the analysis of problems in a wide array of fields.

The general goals of the course are:

  • Providing intermediate GIS conceptual knowledge.
  • Acquiring intermediate GIS application skills.
  • Expand the proficiency for GIS tasks such as digitizing, geographic database management, thematic mapping and spatial analysis.
  • Mastering the usage of the ArcMap GIS software for professional and scientific purposes.


Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue

Dr. Rodrigue's research interests mainly cover the fields of transportation and economics as they relate to logistics and global freight distribution. Specific topics over which he has published extensively cover maritime transport systems and logistics, global supply chains, gateways and transport corridors. Current projects involve:

  • The Governance of Intermodal Transportation Assets
  • Geography of Logistics and Global Production Networks
  • Gateways, Corridors and Inland Freight Distribution
  • Globalization and Transport Terminals
  • City Logistics
  • Cruise Shipping