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)