Geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial data are incorporated in almost all aspects of our daily lives. At its core, GIS allows us to connect various types of data to a specific location on the earth’s surface. The intersection of geospatial and non-geospatial information provides goods and services to society as well as allows us to tackle complex issues due to changes in our climate and landscape. For example, the public sector uses GIS to plan train commutes, track forest fires and follow algae blooms while the private sector use GIS to create background scenes in video games, virtual walkthroughs of apartments and to track parcels. Scientists can, for example, leverage GIS to quantify impacts of sea level rise on coastal cities, estimate carbon storage at global scales and to evaluate ecosystem health.
This is a distance course that will teach the fundamentals of GIS. Through this course, the student will learn the basics of data management and analysis of geospatial data with the program ArcGIS. The course is structured around literature, exercises and independent project work. GIS theories are provided through the textbook and is used to support the exercise methods and analyses while the project work will allow the student to apply the gathered knowledge to solve an emerging real-world problem.