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ESC3392 - Remote sensing and GIS in the geosciences

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Marc Leblanc


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Using GIS and remote sensing, the students learn how to capture, collate, analyze and interpret spatially reference data. This unit provides a working knowledge of the principles of obtaining information from remote sensing and GIS to map and understand geological processes, natural hazards, hydrogeological and hydrological processes, and impacts of mining and anthropogenic activites.


Students will gain understanding of the concepts of computer cartography and GIS and of the concepts of remote sensing and satellite imagery. They will be able to pre-process (import and correct) and analyze various forms of remote sensing data; integrate multi-source and multi-scale data into a common framework; employ effectively visualization and mapping techniques to communicate scientific results ; perform spatial analysis and apply geostatistics to environmental and geological studies; apply remote sensing and GIS to understand and monitor geological processes, natural hazards, and anthropogenic changes to the hydrosphere; research environmental topics and discuss these in oral and written form.


Written 3 hour exam: (55%)+ Assessed practicals: (25%)
Project assignment (20%).

Contact hours

Two x 1-hour lectures and one x 3-hour practical per week