The module will look at the conceptual, practical and methodological issues associated with using GIS for environmental and socio-economic applications.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Understand the different types of spatially explicit model and their relative strengths and weaknesses.
- The use of concepts of space and spatial variation in geographic analysis
- Abstract and synthesise information from a range of different geographical sources.
- Analyse and understand data in human and physical geography using computer techniques.
- The influence of spatial and temporal scale upon human and physical processes.
- Analyse and critically interpret secondary geographical data.
- Understand the importance of the geographical characteristics of data.
- Produce fluent and comprehensive written reports on complex topics.
- Use appropriate techniques, including computer software, to produce clear diagrams and maps.
- Analyse critically literature in human and physical geography.
- Confidently use a range of relevant forms of IT software.
- Pursue knowledge in an in-depth, ordered and motivated way.
- Understand the ways in which geographical data of various types can be combined, interpreted and modelled.
- The theory, acquisition, analysis and interpretation of geographical data across a range of applications.
- Marshal and retrieve data from library and Internet resources
- The application of geographic information science for the understanding of social and economic problems and environmental management
This module is comprised of two parts. Part I focuses on spatially distributed dynamic models with particular emphasis on environmental modelling. A range of spatially distributed models will be studied from application areas such as forestry, climate change, and land use planning. Subjects such as model calibration and validation, sensitivity analysis and what-if scenarios are covered, and students should be able to recognise the different types of spatially distributed model by the end of the module. In Part II of the module, the focus is on techniques and concepts in spatial data handling. This encompasses issues such as geospatial data systems, accessing and inputting data, measuring accessibility, and issues of temporal representation and uncertainty.
It should be emphasised that the methods and techniques used, and the skills developed in both halves of the course, are applicable across the breadth of quantitative geography (whether human or physical) and environmental science.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures provide a sound knowledge base and structure. Computing practicals provide the opportunity to put these concepts and methods into practice and to gain hands-on experience of using two major GIS software packages (the open source Quantum GIS software and ESRI’s ArcGIS). The practical sessions and associated coursework are problem-based to encourage students to develop skills in the context of the solution of real-world problems
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Software requirements. ArcGIS Online, QGIS and ArcGIS Pro, both on computer workstation clusters and for use by students on own laptops/computers.
Longley, P.A., Goodchild, M.F., Maguire, D.J., Rhind, D.W. (Eds) (2005). Geographical information systems: Principles, Techniques, Management and Applications. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Longley, P., Goodchild M., Maguire, D. and Rhind, D. (2015). Geographical Information Systems and Science. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
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Repeat type: Internal & External