BB836: Geographical Information systems (GIS) in Environmental monitoring and Climate adaption
This course contains a field trip to Svanninge in week 43.
Students taking the course are expected to:
- Have a professional level at least equivalent to the 3rd year Bachelor student.
The intention is that the students reach a level, so GIS can be used during the master project. The topics is: evaluate nutrient runoff from catchments with varying land use, climate adaptation plans where topographic models assists creation of hydraulic buffers in the landscape, analysis of marine environmental conditions to fulfill the EU’s Water Frame Directive and coupling of dynamic models to GIS-tools to improve the spatial ecosystem analysis.
The course builds on the knowledge of cell terrestrial nature, ecology, environmental quality and assessment of pollution in streams. Some courses are running in parallel to and earlier during the study programme.
In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:
- Enter into academic collaborations and structure personal learning.
- Provide GIS skills and conduct GIS investigations based on biological theories, and express, evaluate and discuss the results.
Expected learning outcome
- Create, optimize and maintain GIS-databases.
- Register digital data into basic and thematic maps.
- Using drones for ground truthing of spatial data.
- Understand and use different types of projections.
- Critical analysis of the quality of GIS-data.
- Use GIS data- and map-manipulation facilities including: Aggregating, combining, deleting, overlaying and splitting.
- Analyze spatial data by database queries (SQL).
- Evaluate maps and themes with 0, 1, 2 and 3D-analyser.
- Create thematic maps.
- Use Vertical Mapper to generate topographic models and analyze spatial gradients.
- Use GIS to analyze complex environmental problems (thru cases).
Exam element a)
Project report, presentation and oral defense of report.
Indicative number of lessons
- Finishing GIS-analysis.
- Writing tutorial reports from exercises.
The course includes a 5-6 days residential part where the students are staying on the Institute field station in Svanninge Bjerge (Southern Funen). Here ground truthing and GIS expertise are trained.