Environmental Information Systems (13OZS32O2)

  • Level of study undergraduate studies
  • Teacher: Ph.D. Ivan Novković
  • Subject status: obligatory
  • ECTS: 6
  • Semester: VI
  • Number of classes: 2+2

Acquiring knowledge in the field of information systems of the environment.

Creation of an ecological information system of a single spatial unit (municipalities, regions, district, etc.).

Theoretical lectures

  1. Introductory notes on environmental information systems (general system theory, information systems of the environment, subsystems, etc.);
  2. Database of environmental elements (geocoded database, hierarchical levels);
  3. Modeling environmental data (concept, spatial, conceptual, logical models);
  4. Types of geospatial data (geometric, graphic, descriptive data);
  5. Themes, entities, attributes (name, cause-effect links);
  6. Mapping of environmental elements for the needs of an ecological information system (nature of GIS applications);
  7. Comparison of geospatial data (geometric and attributive comparison and comparison of time components);
  8. Designing an ecological information system (defining dedicated maps for the needs of designing of an ecological information system, data characteristics);
  9. Topology rule (point topology);
  10. Topology rule (line topology);
  11. Topology rule (polygon topology);
  12. 3D modelling of the environmental data(DEM, DTM, DLM);
  13. Geostatistic methods (interpolation, kriging);
  14. Analysis of discrete spatial entities (spatial analysis, network analysis, creation of queries);
  15. Current trends in environmental information systems.

Practical lectures

  1. Introduction to GIS tools available at the Faculty of Geography in Belgrade (Geomedia, ArcGIS);
  2. Defining the requirements and analyzing the feasibility of the ecological information system (defining a spatial unit for work in the mentioned software - municipalities, regions, district, etc.) - start making graphic work;
  3. Raster data editing (control and correction of raster content, georeferencing, projection, datum);
  4. Vector data editing (creation of geometry, graphics, archiving into a database);
  5. Topology construction (defined spatial unit);
  6. Output data checking (linking data, creating queries);
  7. Determination of topics, entities, attributes for the elements of the environment of a particular spatial unit;
  8. Creation of a database of the pedological and geological characteristics of a specific spatial unit;
  9. Creation of DEM and DTM of a certain spatial unit;
  10. Creation of a database for vegetation and the land use of a specific spatial unit (CORINE / Landsat);
  11. Creation of a database of potential air pollutants of a specific spatial unit (according to impact zones);
  12. Creation of database of water pollutants of a specific spatial unit(according to impact zones);
  13. Creation of database of soil degradation of a specific spatial unitaccording to impact zones(physical, chemical, biological degradation);
  14. Creation of a database of the current state of the environment of a specific spatial unit (water, air, soil, vegetation);
  15. Completion of the construction of a database of the environment of a specific spatial unit (data supplementation and alteration).

Günther O. (1998): Environment Information System, Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
Harvey F. (2008): A Primer of GIS: Fundamental Geographic and Cartographic Concept, The Guilford Press, New York • London.
Richards D. J., Allenby B. R and Compton D. W. (2001): Information System and the Environment, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy Press, Washington.
Wilson P. J., Fotheringham A. S. (2008): The Handbook of Geographic Information Science, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.
Wadsworth R., Treweek J. (1999): Geographical Information System for Ecology, Longman, Edinburgh.

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