I took this class in the fall of 2011 and received an A. Below is my final project and presentation.
I created this script to assist me in my research on Taimyr reindeer and changing climatic conditions. I started off the process with an excel sheet for each year with climatic parameters, a shapefile of the different meteorological stations, and rasters of calving distributions for 1980, 1982, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, and 2003. The script I created does a three part process. The first section of the code is to join the excel file that includes the climatic parameters to the meteorological stations shapefile for each year that I have calving distributions. I joined the files based on the stations id number. The joined data is then exported into a new shapefile for each year and stored in a separate database. The second section of code takes these new shapefiles and interpolates a temperature surface using Kriging. The third section of code takes the interpolated temperature surfaces and performs a raster calculator. The rasters of calving distributions are subtracted from the interpolated surfaces. The calving distributions were reclassified into zero for the actual calving locations and no data from other areas. This means when the subtraction occurs that the temperature will minus zero for calving locations and all other areas will become no data. The resulting raster for each gives me the temperatures for those calving locations that can be used later for more analysis.