SUNY Oneonta

GEOG 244 Environmental Applications of GIS

3 s.h.

This course is designed to teach advanced methods of using geographic information systems for the spatial analysis and geo-visualization of environmental issues. Course lectures/discussions and laboratory exercises are designed to introduce students to the multiple ways in which GIS can be used to discover, asses, and resolve environmental problems encountered in various urban and rural settings. Students will gain critical skills in data acquisition, creation, as well as modeling. Students will learn current techniques and methods used to effectively address practical environmental problems concerning natural hazards, environmental justice, land use/land cover change, pollution, contaminant transport, wetlands, and more. Each student will learn the ways in which GIS is well suited to visualize and analyze environmental problems from the "local" scale to global scale issues such as climate change. Students will learn where to acquire data and will gain experience in developing research questions and appropriate methods to effectively perform a host of spatial analyses. (LA)

Prerequisite: GEOG 100 or ENVS 101.

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