Geog 9023: GIS and Remote Sensing for Coastal & Marine Science (2 days, 1.6 CEU)
Marine conservation and management issues are multifaceted and require an interdisciplinary approach to understand complex spatial patterns and processes. The approach used when integrating spatial ecology, GIS (geographic information systems) and remote sensing provides a strong framework to assist in understanding and addressing complex problems at sea. This intensive applied course focuses on using GIS for spatial analysis to help students develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills needed to tackle interdisciplinary coastal issues. Covered topics include an introduction to marine remote sensing, spatially predictive mapping, ecosystem service modeling and spatial analysis. Fundamental knowledge of geospatial analysis theory and tools is required, as outlined in the prerequisites above. At the end of the course, students will be able to develop their own coastal and marine spatial question(s) and design a proposed project using one of the advanced GIS skills learned during the lab section of the course.