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GEOG5004: Environmental Mapping and Monitoring

This unit introduces methods for mapping environmental signatures in coastal and marine systems, using both biogeochemical analysis and GIS technologies. Students will learn, theoretically and practically, how environmental data is collected using a range of different methodologies (field and computer based), and application of this data to understanding landscape processes and quantifying environmental change. Students will acquire skills in applying environmental mapping techniques to interpreting key Earth surface processes and understanding the substantial impacts that humans can have on these, in terms of both contamination and remediation.

Code GEOG5004
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
This unit assumes a sound understanding of scientific principles, HSC level mathematics and understanding of basic statistics

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the role of environmental monitoring for quantifying system response to environmental change, and critically evaluate the effectiveness of management practices.
  • LO2. Understand the sources of error that are encountered in the collection and analysis of environmental data and how they can be minimised.
  • LO3. Apply the basic skills of spatial data integration and analysis for environmental change detection.
  • LO4. Apply the principles, theory and practice of monitoring and management of coastal environments.
  • LO5. Understand environmental data collection considerations, and techniques for processing and analysing environmental data.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.