GEOGG065 Environmental GIS

Academic Year

Helene Burningham

Programme Term Running

Available to Affiliate Students

Available to External Students

Course Aims
This module aims to provide an applied introduction to the use of GIS in the environmental sciences. The module covers the underlying concepts of spatial data and its analysis, and offers extensive hands-on experience of GIS as applied to practical problems and research questions in the environmental sciences. The module introduces students to a wide range of published GIS applications.

Course Content
The Environmental GIS module commences with an introduction to the concept of GIS and explores the range of software options available to undertake GIS. The course provides a foundation in cartography, coordinate systems and data types. The course then progresses through a range of data integration, data management and analytical procedures to provide a hands-on experience of the application of GIS to real environmental problems. The last few sessions focus on some specific case studies, in theory and in practice.

The main sessions cover:
- Principles of cartography; Coordinate systems and projections
- Types and sources of spatial data; Raster and vector data
- GIS software and capabilities
- Integration and organisation of spatial data in a GIS
- Georeferencing and image analyses
- Spatial analyses in GIS
- 3D visualisation and data presentation

The course is delivered through short lectures and extended practicals, with both supervised and self-paced computer work.

Form of Assessment
Written report based on the practical application of GIS to an environmental research or management question (max 2000 words; worth 8% of total assessment).

Last Updated: Wed 15 Mar 2017