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Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing

Course Number: OCMB - 6100, MEVS - 5023, CZMT - 6100, and BMME- 6000

This course assumes that you have an interest in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing.  It is not intended to matter whether you consider yourself a chemist, physicist, biologist, geologist or geographer. The intention is to deliver practical experience in Geographic Information System (GIS) through analysis and visualization of spatial data gathered from tools to study the Earth, its processes, and its inhabitants. The course is designed to be accessible to anyone with a reasonable grounding in the Earth and Biological Sciences with basic computer skills and is tailored to give a general induction to a wide scope of relevant topics and spatial data.  The syllabus introduces basic Earth observation principles and image classification is dealt with by providing a grounding in the basic theory underlying image processing.  Analyses of commonly collected spatio-temporal biological data will be emphasized.  Processing, visualization, and presentation of spatial data, generated from field studies and theoretical models, will be stressed for the purposes of analysis and publication in print and on the internet.  This practical and real-world experience founded in RS and GIS theory can be brought forward to each student’s individual thesis topic.  

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course the student:


A text book will not be required. All materials are provided in accompanying Blackboard course.  

Fall 2016 Syllabus