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The University of Southampton
International Summer School

Human-Environmental Interaction

Human-Environmental Interaction
Human-Environmental Interaction

In this topic we will look at some of the complex interactions between the environment and how humans utilise and influence it. Examples of this are in the exploitation of resources, which can have consequential effects (such as the shrinking of the Aral Sea) and need to change agricultural practices in vulnerable areas.

As part of this topic, we will explore ways of measuring and monitoring environmental modification and students will gain experience using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to visualise and assess spatial and temporal change. GIS is an invaluable tool to allow us to explore these issues and students will be given training in how to use this software, with no expectation of prior knowledge of it.

The academics organising this topic are Dr Dianna Smith and Dr Andrew Phillips alongside PhD students Chris Tomsett and Nathaniel Baurley from the School of Geography and Environmental Science.  Find out more about the PGR tutors, Nathaniel Baurley and Chris Tomsett, on our Meet your PGR Tutor page.

Image caption: Credit: NASA

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