Overview

The Nicholas School's Geospatial Analysis Program develops and maintains:

  • Undergraduate and graduate (professional MEM & PhD) geospatial technologies curricula
  • Research support for geospatial technologies and analysis
  • Professional non-degree, distance learning instruction & certificate programs
  • The institutional geospatial technology liaison between the Nicholas School and University

Complete list of Geospatial Curricula

ENVIRON 559 Fundamentals of Geospatial Analysis

This course is the gateway into more advanced training in the Geospatial Analysis curriculum. ENVIRON 559 covers fundamental aspects of geographic information systems and satellite remote sensing for environmental applications. Requires permission of instructor.
Semesters offered: Fall
Instructor: Pat Halpin /Peter Harrell
Lecture / Lab
4 credits

ENVIRON 701 Forest Measurements

This field course includes a GPS module that satisfies the GIS field skills requirement. Course is designed to provide field and analytical measurement skills expected of professionals working in forest ecosystem management. Additional emphasis on habitat assessment and forest vegetation and wildlife identification. Extensive field work required.
Semester offered: Fall
Instructor: Dan Richter/ Nicolette Cagle
Lecture
4 credits

ENVIRON 714 Landscape Ecology

Landscape ecology embraces spatial heterogeneity in ecosystems: how spatial pattern arises, how it changes through time, and its implications for populations, communities, and ecosystem processes. Course adopts task-oriented perspective, emphasizing concepts and tools for habitat classification, inventory and monitoring, modeling and interpreting landscape change, and site prioritization for conservation or restoration. Prerequisites: an intermediate course in ecology; introductory statistics helpful but not required.
Semester Offered: Fall
Instructor: Dean Urban
Lecture / Lab
4 credits

ENVIRON 724 Landscape Analysis and Management

This course is a task-oriented perspective on landscape ecology and management. The tasks include habitat classification, sampling designs for inventory and monitoring, site selection and prioritization, modeling landscape change, and integrated assessment. These practical tasks are couched in the logical framework of adaptive management. Course consists of lectures and hands-on exercises in the computer lab. Prerequisite: ENVIRON 714 or conent of instructor
Semester offered: Spring
Instructor: Dean Urban
Lecture / Lab
4 credits

ENVIRON 761 Geospatial Analysis for Conservation Management

This application course focuses on spatial analysis and image processing applications to support conservation management. The course covers habitat mapping, spatial analysis of animal movements, habitat modeling, and the optimization of nature reserve selection. The course requires a fundamental knowledge of geospatial analysis theory and analysis tools. Requires permission of instructor.
Semesters offered: Spring
Instructor: John Fay
Lecture / Lab
4 credits

ENVIRON 765 Geospatial Analysis for Coastal and Marine Management

This application course focuses on spatial analysis and image processing applications to support coastal and marine management. The course covers benthic habitat mapping, spatial analysis of marine animal movements, habitat modeling, and the optimization of marine protected areas. The course requires a fundamental knowledge of geospatial analysis theory and analysis tools. Requires permission of instructor.
Semesters offered: Spring
Instructor: Pat Halpin
Lecture / Lab
4 credits

ENVIRON 768 Geospatial Analysis for Water Quantity/Quality Assessment

Spatial analysis and image processing applications to support water resources management: water quality, flooding, and water supply primarily at watershed scale. Topics include water resources data modeling, terrain modeling and processing, river and watershed network analysis, and geospatial modeling of hydrologic processes. Knowledge of geospatial analysis theory and analysis tools.
Semesters offered: Spring
Instructor: Mukesh Kumar
Lecture / Lab
3 credits

ENVIRON 771 Geospatial Field Data Collection

This field module will provide training in field data collection and mapping skills: Creating geodatabases for field data collection, Using Trimble GPS units, differential correction of GPS data, mobile GIS interfaces (ArcPad). The course requires a fundamental knowledge of geospatial analysis theory, analysis tools, and applications. Requires permission of instructor.
Semesters offered: Spring
Instructor: Pete Harrell
Lab
2 credits

ENVIRON 857 Satellite Remote Sensing for Environmental Analysis

Environmental analysis using primarily satellite remote sensing. Theoretical and technical underpinnings of remote sensing (georectification, image analysis, classification) coupled with practical applications (land cover mapping, change analysis, ground truth techniques). Strong emphasis on hands-on processing and analysis. Will include variety of image types: multi-spectral, hyper-spectral, radar and others. 4 credits. Prerequisite: Environ 259 or previous GIS experience.
Semesters offered: Fall
Instructor: Jennifer Swenson
Lecture / Lab
4 credits

ENVIRON 859 Advanced Geospatial Analysis

This advanced lecture/laboratory course will provide training in more advanced skills such as: GIS database programming, modeling applications, spatial decision support systems and Internet Map Server technologies. The course requires a fundamental knowledge of geospatial analysis theory, analysis tools, and applications. Requires permission of instructor.
Semesters offered: Fall
Instructor: John Fay
Lecture / Lab
3 credits

 

Vision

From marine science to surficial earth processes, from environmental economics to environmental epidemiology, from landscape ecology to conservation planning; all of these areas benefit, even require, the powerful analytical and presentation abilities of geospatial technologies for mapping out today's environmental solutions. Geospatial technologies include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), satellite remote sensing, field surveying and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

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