Spring 2023 Sustainability Science PS5050 section 001

GEO INFO SYSTEMS (GIS) FOR SUST SCIENCE

GEO INFO SYSTEMS (GIS) FO

Call Number 11705
Day & Time
Location
T 4:10pm-6:00pm
252 Engineering Terrace
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required Instructor
Instructor Frank Nitsche
Type LECTURE
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

Many environmental and sustainability science issues have a spatial, location-based component. Increasingly available spatial data allow location-specific analysis and solutions to problems and understanding issues. As result, analyzing and identifying successful and sustainable solutions for these issues often requires the use of spatial analysis and tools. This course introduces common spatial data types and fundamental methods to organize, visualize and analyze those data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Through a combination of lectures and practical computer activities the students will learn and practice fundamental GIS and spatial analysis methods using typical sustainable science case studies and scenarios. A key objective of this course is to provide students with essential GIS skills that will aid them in their professional career and to offer an overview of current GIS applications. In the first part, the course will cover basic spatial data types and GIS concepts. The students will apply those techniques by analyzing potential impacts of storms on New York City as part of a guided case study. A mid-term report describing this case study and the results is required. In the second part, building on the basic concepts introduced in the first part, students will be asked to identify a sustainable science question of their choice that they would like to address as a final project. Together with the instructor they will be developing a strategy of analyzing and presenting related spatial data. While the students are working on their projects additional GIS method and spatial analysis concepts will be covered in class. At the end of the course Students will briefly present their final project and submit a paper describing their project. This course does not assume that students have had any previous experience with GIS.

Web Site Vergil
Department Sustainability Technology
Enrollment 13 students (20 max) as of 1:06PM Sunday, June 16, 2024
Subject Sustainability Science
Number PS5050
Section 001
Division School of Professional Studies
Open To Professional Studies
Campus Morningside
Note STEM PROGRAM - INSTRUCTOR PERMISSION REQUIRED
Section key 20231SUSC5050K001