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Environmental Geoinformatics Applications

Module ID

Ε607

Semester

6

Hours/Week - ECTS

4 – 5

Learning Outcomes

The course introduces students to the use of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing for the rational and effective management of real spatial/environmental problems. Indicative areas are:

  • environmental design,
  • spatial and regional planning,
  • transport,
  • the location of economic units and units of social benefit,
  • but also any sector with a geographical component.

Upon completion of the course the student will have understood:

  • the process of analysis of geoinformation applications/systems,
  • the ways of obtaining / managing / analyzing geospatial information, and
  • the way of applying the science of Geoinformatics in various scientific objects.

He will also have acquired knowledge:

  • on geospatial databases,
  • in analyzing the location selection problems and relocation of facilities in spatial networks and continuous space to optimize demand/coverage,
  • in satellite data and A/F processing methodologies, such as satellite image and A/F classifications with image object tracking algorithms
    in the production of orthophoto maps and Digital Surface Model (DSM).

Indicative Module Content

  • Introduction to Geospatial Technologies – Basic concepts
  • Geographical information (data collection, spatial databases, geodetic reference systems, projection systems, satellite data, hydrological data).
  • Retrieval and processing of satellite images.
  • Classification of land cover to monitor changes over time – vegetation and moisture indicators for further spatial analysis in agriculture.
  • Geographic data analysis tools.
  • Spatial Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (SMCDA) to find a “suitable location”.
  • Examination of correlations of variables resulting from satellite data and high-definition aircraft photos (spectral channels, vegetation indices, prediction of changes over time, creation of three-dimensional soil models, etc.).
  • Network Analysis that takes into account multiple transport and business research factors with high applicability in a number of research and professional fields.
  • Spatial data display methods, internet diffusion/display of spatial information.
  • Current/future trends in Geoinformatics.
  • Presentation of applications in the urban and suburban environment, in the natural environment, and in the rural area.