Wrapping up the Basic GIS course

In the elective Basic GIS course, we’ve just finished with the exam and are now at work on the final projects, where we’re using publicly available data to calculate the cost of building and maintaining a proposed road infrastructure project in Iran, taking into account the cost multiplier effects of things like population density, annual precipitation, elevation, and soil type.

Throughout the semester, it’s been interesting to see how GIS software can be used to visualize different layers of information and perform detailed spatial analyses; you can make some pretty cool maps!

Even though I don’t plan to work directly with GIS in my future career, the multitude of uses and the relevance it has for climate change and disaster management related efforts are clear. I think it will nevertheless be valuable to have basic knowledge about what GIS can do and how it can be used, in order to better communicate with those who do use it, who I (and you future DRMCCA students reading this) may well be working alongside in the future.

Here are a few screenshots from a couple of recent GIS lab days:

The side entrance to Geocentrum — not a bad building to walk into in the mornings!

 

Here’s a photo of IDRISI, one of the GIS programs we use, being slightly over-dramatic…

A map we created to visualize the ‘view-shed’ of a proposed wind farm project (areas the wind towers would be visible from)

Here’s a map created with ArcGIS, another of the GIS programs we work with in the course. This one is visualizing protective zones that have been built to mitigate agricultural nutrient leaching into a watershed in Skåne.

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