Geographic information systems (GIS)

Course Code :2001WETGIS
Study domain:Biology
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:60
Study load (hours):112
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Stijn Temmerman

3. Course contents *

The spatial presentation, analysis and modelling of data in a GIS (Geographical Information System) is essential for environmental scientists, such as biologists and bio-engineers. In a first, theoretical part of this course, a number of basic principles of GIS are explained, such as data file structure in a GIS (vector, raster, attribute files), data acquisition (geo-referencing, digitazing of maps, classificationof remote sensing images, LIDAR, ...), data conversion, spatial interpolation (Kriging, triangulation), errors and filtering, spatial analyses (e.g., overlay, zonal classification, nearest distance, analysis of digital elevation models), cartographic presentation, introduction to spatial-dynamic modelling. In a second, practical part, broad attention is paid to practical excercises and tasks (in Arcview, Idrisi and/or Mapinfo), and the use of GIS data sources on the Internet (e.g., Agic, Geocommunity,...).