Minor in Geography - Exploring Geographic Information Systems ERTH 5600   Exploring Geographic Information Systems
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Geographic Information Systems (GIS), as a tool for the management of georeferenced data, have become indispensable for disciplines where location of objects and pattern of processes is important. GIS plays a fundamental role for a wide range of applications, from modeling, to analysis and predictions, to decision making. The course is designed for a broad base of potential users and draws on examples of the role of GIS in global climate change, mineral exploration, preservation of biodiversity, coastal zone management, resource depletion, and many other present and future environmental issues. The course material will be of interest to those studying geoscience, environmental science, ecology, marine biology, oceanography, epidemiology, urban and rural planning, civil engineering, and any other field involving spatial data. Students are expected to complete and present a GIS project related to their field of research. Laboratory exercises emphasize the principles of raster and vector GIS, and the integration of databases and GPS (global positioning systems) data into GIS. Exercises draw on the diversity of GIS applications in a number of topical areas.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Lab

LAB HOURS PER WEEK: 3
PREREQUISITES: Permission of the instructor
RESTRICTIONS: Restricted to MSc and PHd students in the Department of Earth Sciences
EXCLUSIONS: ERTH 3500.03, ERTH 5600.03, GEOG 3500.03 OR SCIE 3600.03