GGR335H5 GIS and Remote Sensing Integration

GGR335 Course Desciption

Course Description

The integration of GIS and remote sensing is at the centreĀ of a larger trend toward the fusion of different kinds of geospatial data and technologies.The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the various ways in which GIS and remote sensing have been integrated and used for environmental applications at a range of spatial and temporal scales.The first one-third of the course will explore vector-based GIS analysis in the context of physical environment, wildlife habitatĀ and human activities using ArcGIS software. The second third of the course explores remote sensing fundamentals, image interpretation, land cover mapping, change detection, and integration of raster and vector data using ERDAS IMAGINE software. The course will include lectures, where foundational concepts will be introduced, and practical lab sessions, where students will gain experience on the proper use of GIS and Remote Sensing techniques. There will be guest lectures demonstrating applications of RS and GIS in natural resources management. The final third of the course will be devoted to application projects employing remote sensing and/or GIS data analysis in natural resources and environmental assessments.

Credits: Science

Lecture hours: 24

Practicum hours: 24

Prerequisite: 9.0 credits including GGR272H5 or GGR276H5 or GGR278H5 or GGR337H5

This course focused on applying all the spatial analysis skills we had learned to a group-based project using imagery. Our group did the Mount St. Helens eruption. I was very interesting to see the loss and re-growth of vegetation over 30 years!

Adam Brighton

Core Skills Developed

  • satellite image processing
  • image classification
  • integration of GIS and remote sensing
  • applied GIS for wildlife conservation