Rapid advances in space and aerial-borne remotely sensed technologies and the proliferation of geo- referenced data, through location-enabled devices, have dramatically transformed the way geographic information is produced and shared. This presents exciting opportunities for exploring geographical pattern in environmental and social landscapes. This growing 'geocyberspace' of information comprises diverse aspects of society and the environment. As this information is often utilised in understanding processes and addressing critical social and environmental problems there is an increased demand for modelling and advanced analysis approaches that handle geospatial data. This unit will provide the conceptual background to more advanced GIS analysis applications and spatial reasoning methods in the context of contemporary environmental and social issues. The course is designed to provide an introduction to spatial analysis techniques available within a GIS environment, explore a diversity of both social, health, business and environmental applications. In addition the unit aims to address key issues currently emerging from GIS applications including spatial data analytics, techniques for managing data uncertainty, GIS ethics and participatory GIS.
lecture podcasts (10-20 mins x 9)
It is assumed students already have an understanding of basic GIS concepts and analysis methods which can be acquired through OLEO1609 GIS: Geographic Information Systems (0 cp).