Courses Catalogue

Gis And Natural Resource Management

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Science, PhD
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

The course is designed to impart skills and advanced knowledge to students in order to apply remote sensing and GIS technologies for the sustainable management and use of natural resources. During this course, students are made aware of the practical importance of remote sensing and GIS technologies. The course emphasizes the skills and practicability of remote sensing and GIS. The students are introduced to in-depth concepts and principles and how to carry out simple and complex projects involving remote sensing and GIS tools. Collection of field primary spatial data is emphasized.


The course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts and principal techniques used by Geographical Information Systems (GIS). GIS is a rapidly evolving discipline within environmental science, sustainable development, and natural resources management. This course combines theory and practical exercises in an environmental sciences and natural resources management context to help explain the basic requirements for creating and managing a GIS using a varied range of spatial data.


By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the influence of image characteristics on the quality of maps generated from aerial photography and satellite imagery in the context of environmental and wildlife management
  • Develop the different remote sensing technique
  • Develop the GIS Applications for monitoring and management of environment
  • Apply remote sensing process (acquisition of remotely sensed data by different sensors, advanced image processing, conduct field ground truthing, carry out image interpretation/classification using selected software)
  • Carry out step by step exercises in GIS data capture, GIS relational data basing, data manipulation, cartographic modeling for a real world problem/opportunity
  • Design and implement simple real world projects using the knowledge and skills of remote sensing and GIS in the field of environmental or natural resources management


A doctoral student completing the course is expected to:

  • Identify the environmental problems using Remote sensing
  • Apply working principles of remote sensing and history of satellite development
  • Explain how and why FCC are used for interpretation of satellite images.
  • Interpret satellite images and derive conclusions
  • Classify land use and land cover based on various tools.
  • Differentiate between vector and raster data and how the errors in GIS can be minimized.
  • Conceptualize working of GPS and DGPS
  • Assess the Environmental Impacts using RS and GIS
  • Demonstrate critical thinking/problem solving.
  • Effectively communicate, work in teams, and develop leadership skills.
  • Integrate and apply technical knowledge.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative skills and information management.
  • Engage in lifelong learning.