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Geographical Information Systems for landscape studies

Note: this course is only open to students of the Faculty of Engineering. Application is done through the Faculty of Engineering course registration.

General description

This course will give you an introductory knowledge about theory and methodology within management and analysis of geographic data using geographical information systems (GIS). The course gives a good basis for further utilization of spatial digital data. Through lectures and practical assignments we treat the basic theory of spatial phenomenon, geographic data and analysis and remote sensing within studies of landscape processes. An emphazis is put on understanding of representation and analysis of spatial elements.

A considerable part of the course consists of practical computer labs using, within the field of GIS, standard software. Some aspects of the GIS technology covered are map projections and reference systems, geographic data in digital form (maps, remote sensing and tabular data), basic analysis of geographic data in raster and vector formats as well as cartographic and graphic presentation design of digital map data. Through these activities general spatial issues within environmental and societal applications are exemplified and trained.

The course also intend to give an insight to the science of Physical Geography and how GIS and remote sensing is used to study and research of landscape processes.

Course structure

Lecture is always 2 hours.
Lab h = hours supervision.
Considerably more working hours will be required for each lab.
An independent literature study is done throughout the course with hand-in at course ending.

Lecture: Introduction to GIS & lit.assignment
Lecture: Cartography &
Lab 1: GIS Intro (2h)
Lecture: Vector structure & Databases
Lab 2: Vektor; attrib. & cartography I (2h)
Lab 3: Vector; attrib. & analysis II (4h)
Lecture: Vector analysis
Lab 4: Vector; buffers, overlays (6h)
Lecture: Map projections
Lab 5: Map projections (4h)
Lecture: Raster-GIS
Lab 6: Raster Structure & Analysis (4h)
Lecture: Interpolation
Lab 7: Interpolation (2h)
Lecture: Data capture & Remote sensing
Lab 8: Introduction Remote sensing (2h)
Lit. assignment: Questions/supervision 2h

All labs are compulsory to do, but not necessarily on scheduled times.

Course material & more information

Is published on the course webpage. With password you can, from course start, find e.g.:

  • Lecture slide shows
  • Exercise book as non-print pdf
  • ArcGIS mini manual as non-print pdf
  • Exercise data for download
  • Exams from previous years
  • etc

Course is only open to LTH students and application is done through the LTH course registration.

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Course facts: EXTF01

Level: Basic (G2)
Credits: 7.5 ECTS
Period: Spring
Language of instruction: Swedish / English
Prerequisites: General admission requirements, and 120 higher education credits within engineering sciences or equivalent.

Course curriculum

Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
Lund University
Sölvegatan 12
S-223 62 Lund