Almost all environmental phenomena vary over space and time. Some examples would be the spread of a pollutant from a point source, the occurrence of an infectious disease, the global threats from earthquakes, and the incidence of elephant poaching. One of the greatest challenges in environmental science is to model where things happen, why and what will change in the future.
The purpose of this module is therefore to introduce you to the world of environmental modelling where there is a strong spatial, and often temporal, element leading to some assessment of risk. Work of this nature is at the cutting-edge of environmental research because it has huge implications for the planning of environmental futures e.g. at government level in the setting of policy surrounding climate change adaptation, to biodiversity conservation in predicting the future of threatened species, and in the insurance industry in relation to assessing the risks of hazards.
This module builds on the core GIS skills you should have acquired in a previous module. It assumes you can use ArcGIS and will instead focus on spatial analysis rather than GIS operations, although any new essential tools will be taught.
In order to bring you up to the level where you are able to run analyses of real practical value, this module will focus on two main projects that build your skill set week by week. On completing the module, you will be capable of undertaking new work in new settings unaided. This will provide you with a strong basis for employment in environmental modelling and spatial analysis, or the foundation for starting advanced research.
As this is an advanced module, students must have already successfully completed a GIS module either at Southampton or another institution.