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GIS and Remote Sensing with focus on the Environment


This course introduces you to Geographical Information systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (aerial- and satellite images) and how they can be applied within environmental monitoring.

Course contents

In this course you will obtain practical experience in:

  • basic tools in GIS
  • how geographical data are structured
  • interpreting aerial photographs and satellite data, in particular regarding vegetation
  • how to analyse spatial phenomena and visualise results through maps
  • supervised classification of multi-spectral satellite data
  • analyse time-series of satellite data to asses change through time

After finishing the course you will have basic knowledge of some of the most important tools in GIS. You will understanding electro-magnetic radiation theories and the influence of the atmosphere. You will have knowledge of aerial photographs and stereo interpretation, as well as know classification possibilities of digital satellite data. You will also know about different methods to capture geographic data and how this is input in a GIS.


Teaching consists of lectures, computerbased group exercises, field data collection and project work.


GIS book:

Kang-Tsung Chang. (2011). Introduction to Geographic Information
Systems. ISBN: 9780071314831

Alternativ GIS bok för svenska studenter:
Harrie, L. (red), (2013). Geografisk informationsbehandling - Teori, metoder och tillämpningar.6:e omarbetade upplagan, 2013. Studentlitteratur, Lund. ISBN:978914088778

Remote sensing book:

Campbell James B. (2011). Introduction to Remote Sensing. ISBN: 9781609181765
Thomas M. Lillesand (Author), Ralp W. Kiefer, Jonathan W. Chipman, (2008): Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation. ISBN: 9780470052457

Some copies of these books (or similar) are available at our Geo-library :

Course coordinator

Course facts: NGEA05

Level: Basic
Credits: 15 ECTS
Period: Spring, period 1
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: General admission requirements and 30 ECTS credits in any subject.

Course curriculum