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Geographical Information Systems (GIS)


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Geographical information systems, or GIS, focuses on improving existing technologies as well as developing new ones in order to collect, analyse, distribute, interpret, transform and visualise data about the surface of the earth and its geography. A good knowledge of informatics is required in order to succeed in programmes in geographical information systems. Specialised computer software is used to display detailed data about the earth's surface. Geographical information systems degrees gather elements from other disciplines like geography, computer sciences, earth sciences, physics and sustainable development.

Geographical information systems programmes offer knowledge on spatial analysis of geographical information systems, advanced Python scripting, cartographic design and visualisation, web mapping, space imagery and processing.

Masters in geographical information systems will enable students to use geospatial technology and to develop solutions related to spatial planning. Degrees in geographical information systems will equip students with mathematical skills required in conducting spatial analysis and evaluating data. Future geographical information specialists will learn how to gather and organise scientific information and will be able to make conclusive researches based on elements related to cartography, topology and geology.

Graduates have many possible opportunities in areas such as: agriculture, archaeology, conservation, demography, economics, emergency management, natural resource management, urban planning, or ecology. They pursue jobs like: geographical information systems specialist, civil engineer, urban planner, geologist and environmental scientist.

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Suggested Short Courses in Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Certificate Introduction to GIS for Human and Behavioral Scientists

Introduction to GIS for Human and Behavioral Scientists focusing on visualization of thematic data and airline distance based analysis. The course at Utrecht Summer School is designed for Master’s students, PhD students, academics with an interested in visualizing survey or statistical data in relation other spatial data like land use data.

Certificate Sense making of GPS Data in a GIS Environment

The objective of the Sense making of GPS Data in a GIS Environment course at Utrecht Summer School is to provide students with insight in the principles of sense making of GPS Data in a GIS environment; analysis of outdoor movements in space and transport network based distances.

Short Course Changing Cities: Urban Transitions and Decision Making

How are cities responding to environmental change, economic instability, limited resources and other challenges? Can we make the towns, cities or neighbourhoods we live in fairer, safer and more fulfilling? This module looks at place-making decisions faced by planners, urban managers, activists and ordinary people. You will be introduced to forms of spatial and political thinking in relation to topical issues.Changing cities will guide you in the development of your own specialist area of decision making. You will develop independent research skills and put them into practice in relation to an urban or place-making issue of your own choosing.

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