GIS, Remote Sensing and Land Management (ENVX4001)


This unit of study is aimed at advanced techniques in Remote Sensing (RS), linked with Geographical Information Systems (GIS), as applied to land management problems. We will review the basic principles of GIS and then focus on advanced RS principles and techniques used for land resource assessment and management. This will be followed by practical training in RS techniques, augmented by land management project development and implementation based on integration of GIS and RS tools. The unit thus consists of three separate but overlapping parts: 1) a short theoretical part which focuses on the concepts of RS; 2) a practical part which aims at developing hands-on skills in using RS tools, and 3) an application-focused module in which students will learn the skills of how to design a land management project and actualize it using integrated GIS and RS techniques.

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2x1-hr lectures/week weeks 1-6, 1x1 project weeks 7-11, 1x half hour presentation scheduled for weeks 12 and 13, 1x3-hr practical/week weeks 1-6.


1x half hour presentation (5%) weeks 12 and 13, Practical work reports (50%) weekly weeks 1-6, 1x2500w project report (45%) due by week 13.


Reference Textbook: Jesen J. R. 2006. Remote sensing of the environment: an earth resource perspective. 2nd ed. Pearson Prentice Hall Upper Saddle, New Jersey.
Rees W.G. 2001. Physical principles of remote sensing. 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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ENVX3001 or GEOS2111 or GEOS2911

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