What is the likely impact of coastal erosion on local residents? Where is the most suitable location for a solar farm? How will sea-level rise impact protected habitats? Understanding the spatial context in which environmental processes occur improves the ability of scientists and engineers to answer important questions regarding the impacts and management of those processes. This module teaches you to use a Geographical Information System to visualise, explore and model environmental data in order to further understand these important questions. No prior knowledge of GIS is assumed or required; a series of guided practical computer labs will teach you the basics of accessing data, creating informative maps and exploring and modelling the spatial processes that shape our world. You will then put these skills into practice in an independent project.
Pre-requisite and/or co-requisite:
Familiarity with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Note that there is no version of the software we use for MacOS; if you do not have access to a Windows machine, you will need to use University computers for the assignments.