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GIS and Biodiversity


This is an online course that can only be taken as part of the GIS master program. You do not need to physically visit Lund in order to attend.

Course content

This Internet-based distance course deals with different aspects of biodiversity: the convention on biological diversity, the present situation of biodiversity, and biodiversity and GIS. It contains six course modules:

  • What is biodiversity? – Introduction to biodiversity.
  • Genetic diversity – The genetic concept, sampling design and studies of genetic diversity.
  • Species diversity – Factors of species diversity, regional and local species pools and indices of diversity, richness and evenness.
  • Landscape diversity – Fragmentation, cultural landscape and indices of landscape structure.
  • Global change and biodiversity – Ecosystem functioning, global biome distribution and species response to climate change.
  • Student project – Exploring biodiversity in a country/region by using data that is available on Internet and the tools/programs included in the course.

Teaching methods

Teaching consists of lectures and practical exercises that you will submit to the teachers. The course ends with a project work and a written report.


Course book:

Biodiversity, by Christian Lévêque & Jean-Claude Mounolou, 1st edition.
ISBN-13: 9780470849576.

Course coordinator

Course facts

Level: Advanced
Credits: 7.5 ECTS
Period: Autumn
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: General admission requirements and 90 ECTS, including 30 ECTS in GIS, equivalent to GISA21 and GISA22
Technical prerequisites: PC with Windows 7 or better; Internet connection

Course syllabus (pdf, 222 kb, new window)
Reading list (pdf, 4 kb, new window)

For current students