This module is intended to introduce students who have already studied the principles of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) how to utilise GIS tools in environmental management. Environmental applications require specific skills on the part of the GIS professional. Such skills include familiarity with the sources of spatial environmental data and their relative strengths and weaknesses. Specific analytical skills are also required, such as the ability to analyse river network data and to handle Digital Elevation Models (DEMs). The module also explores how GIS can be integrated with environmental impact assessment and may be used to support decision-making. The unit will be particularly valuable to those students hoping to pursue a career in the environmental sector or to undertake a research project with an environmental focus.
The module taught element will take a broad view of the role of GIS in environmental management, but will focus on river catchment, forestry, renewable energy, and ecological applications
Co-requisite: GEOG6061 (or equivalent experience - please discuss with module convenor)
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Communicate: participate in group discussion, undertake and present scientific writing
- Analyse and critically interpret primary and secondary data
- Critically analyse the literature relating to GIS and spatial analysis
- Gain knowledge of contemporary methods used to analyse remotely sensed imagery and other spatial data sets – in relation to land use/cover, digital elevation models, and spatial ecological data
- Demonstrate data manipulation (including IT skills): analysis of data (especially spatial data); statistical methods
- Conduct spatial data analysis – including habitat suitability assessment, terrain modelling and spatial dynamic modelling.
- Abstract and synthesise information from a range of different sources – in relation to environmental impact assessment
- Manage: safe and effective project planning and execution; time management
- Learn and study independently
- Pursue knowledge in an in-depth, ordered and motivated way
- Gain a detailed knowledge of selected parts of the subject that allow you to study the current literature and engage in discussion with peers – in relation to spatio-temporal data structures and spatial decision-making
- Demonstrate Information processing skills (including IT skills): literature searches
1. Introducing GIS in environmental management
2. Environmental assessment and GIS
3. Digital Elevation Models (DEMs)
4. DEMs for environmental management
5. GIS for ecological management
6. Environmental monitoring with GIS
7. Land use/cover
8. Web-based environmental GIS
9. Environmental spatial decision support
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
This module adopts a 'flipped learning' approach, with learning material provided to students prior to the class sessions. Seminars and supervised practical sessions are then used to reinforce and deepen this learning through discussion and activities.
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Software. ArcGIS is available on-campus or available through iSolutions for installation on students’ own PCs.
Additional online materials for this module are provided through Blackboard.. Additional online materials (beyond the wordpress site) for this module are provided through Blackboard.
Summative assessment description
Referral assessment description
Repeat type: Internal & External