||Jan. 03 - Jan. 05, 2020
||Day, Evening, Online
- Jan. 3 - Friday: 6:00 PM - 9:50 PM
- Jan. 4 - Saturday: 8:00 AM - 3:50 PM
- Jan. 5 - Sunday: 8:00 AM - 11:50 AM
GIS technology provides the tools that permit us to better manage natural resources and more objectively tackle environmental issues, by helping us assess future scenarios, explore alternatives and resolve conflicting requirements. This class comprises five units, each employing one or two unique GIS applications for solving environmental issues. Each unit opens with a brief discussion of its main research agendas, it then clarifies where and how GIS can solve issues. Most importantly, each unit entails the completion of a real-world example of applying GIS technology to provide solutions. We start by looking at an application of spatial analysis and mapping to wildlife biology questions. Then, we employ map algebra to determine potential stream flow in hydrological modeling, and to resolve conflicting demands in land-use planning. In the landscape ecology unit, we assess the level of landscape fragmentation, and how to interpret the results. Then, we look at biodiversity using remote sensing data and process the data to classify the landscape. Finally, we grow a forest by hundreds of years in mere minutes to assess how much of it we might harvest sustainably. The last part of the course discusses techniques that are frequently crucial to assessing environmental issues, but are often misused.
Enrolment for all online GIS courses closes a week prior to the course start date. Contact the Computer Training Centre at CTC@nait.ca or 780-378-5008 with any questions.