Study and continuing education in Geoinformatics
The Geoinformatics Research Group helps to deliver the following modules:
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Geographic information systems (GIS) are used to record, manage, analyse and present spatial data and have become an indispensable tool, particularly when tackling the interdisciplinary geospatial challenges frequently faced by the environmental sector such as natural hazard assessment, land use planning, environmental monitoring, wild animal management and biotope registers. This module provides students with the theoretical background and key skills needed to use these Systems.
Natural Hazards and Protected Forests
Switzerland frequently experiences extreme weather events. Organisational, construction or landscape-related measures are essential in areas where such hazards cannot be avoided, and long-term protection can be achieved through the appropriate maintenance of waterbodies and protected forests. In this module, students learn how to assess the interrelationships between potential hazards, potential damage and protective functions in the field and to identify suitable protection measures on this Basis.
Visualisation is a key tool for managing the ever-growing volumes of data in the fields of engineering and the natural sciences. This module provides an insight into the theory and application of computer-based methods for processing, structuring and visually representing large datasets, with students learning to produce high-quality visualisations from scientific data and use the programming language R for statistical and visualisation purposes.
The Geoinformatics Research Group is also involved in the following modules: Basics of Nature Management 3, Open Space Management and Urban Forestry.
The Geoinformatics Research Group is responsible for a number of sub-modules within the CAS in Soil Mapping and the CAS in Vegetation Analysis and Field Botany, as well as contributing to CAS courses outside ZHAW at ETH Zurich and the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil.