ENVT5562 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit moves beyond the fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to explore in greater depth and breadth, many of the concepts introduced in ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications (or similar). The unit introduces students to spatial data and analytic techniques of particular relevance to the environmental sciences. ENVT5562 explores contemporary approaches for the presentation, manipulation and analysis of spatial information informed by industry practice and issues related to coastal systems and their resilience. Key topics include spatial abstraction, multivariate analysis, spatial data exploration and statistics. Throughout the unit students undertake critical assessments of spatial analytic strategies used by government agencies, the private sector and academia to support the resilience of our coastal systems.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of geography's statistical and graphical foundations; (2) explain the importance of appropriate communication of geographic phenomena and spatial analysis outputs; (3) apply geographic data exploration techniques; and (4) apply spatial analytic techniques to support the management of coastal systems and their resilience..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory portfolio and (2) final project report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Bryan Boruff
Unit rules
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
Advisable prior study:
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
ENVT5561 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes
ENVT5565 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks
ENVT5563 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration
ENVT5564 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites
Contact hours
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