ENVT5511 Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Scientists and environmental managers use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a tool to examine the natural environment, report on dynamic environmental phenomena, and model how the environment responds to natural and human factors. This unit provides advanced skills in the use of GIS as a decisions support tool for environmental management with a focus on environmental spatial data, as well as advanced environmental monitoring and analysis techniques.

This unit covers topics such as 3D terrain development, hydrologic modelling, habitat analysis, land suitability/capability analysis, and the spatial examination of landscape values. To conduct this work, students use program coding and/or 'off the shelf' model building capabilities found within ArcGIS. Laboratory assignments expose students to a range of environmental data as well as requiring them to source their own GIS information and apply analytic techniques demonstrated in lectures. This approach allows students to become independent users of GIS-related data and methods.
Students are able to (1) develop and extend familiarity with new and emerging geographic information systems and GIS technologies in environmental management; (2) expand knowledge of advanced spatial analysis techniques; and (3) develop skills in combining multiple analytic techniques for solving complex environmental problems.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory portfolio and (2) final project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Eloise Biggs
Unit rules
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
Contact hours
total of 150 hours
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