General information

Module title Exploring biodiversity using GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
Language English
Module lecturer dr Paweł Bogawski, dr Maciej Nowak
Lecturer's email bogawski@amu.edu.pl
Lecturer position Asistant Professor
Faculty Faculty of Biology
Semester 2021/2022 (winter)
Duration 30
ECTS 4
USOS code 01-BIOGIS-PIE

Timetable

Module aim (aims)

• To use open source GIS software in analysing biodiversity data• Access biodiversity databases and visualize their content on a map• Operate mobile devices and convert data collected in the field for computer works• Retrieve satellite images to show seasonal vegetation changes• Manipulate 3-dimensional laser scanning data and measure plant characteristics using remote sensing• Process different climatic, phenological, soil and other environmental data• Model current, past and future species distribution

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

• Basic computer skills

Syllabus

Week 1: Necessity of using GIS in assessing biodiversity (lecture, 2h)Week 2: Introduction to digital mapping and GIS software (lecture, 2h)Week 3: Sources of environmental data for using in GIS (lecture, 2h)Week 4: Basics of manipulating data in GIS environment (computer workshops, 3h) Week 5: Collecting of biological data using mobile devices in the field and conversion to computer-friendly format (field and computer workshops, 3h)Week 6: Practical guide for retrieving spatial data from Web sources (computer workshop, 3h)Week 7: Manipulating climatic and biological station/point data (computer workshop, 3h)Week 8: Working with satellite images (computer workshop, 3h)Week 9: Current and future species distribution modelling (computer workshop, 3h)Week 10: Laser scanning data as a valuable source of environmental/biotic information (computer workshop, 3h) Week 11: Review of knowledge acquired and discussion (computer workshop, 3h)

Reading list

Global Biodiversity Database: Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF): https://www.gbif.org/ GIS software tutorials:QGIS tutorials: (1) http://www.qgistutorials.com/en/ (2) https://docs.qgis.org/2.18/en/docs/training_manual/index.htmlArcGIS tutorials: (1) https://learn.arcgis.com/en/ (2) http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/arcmap/10.3/main/get-started/arcgis-tutorials.htm Wang K. et al 2010. Remote Sensing of Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation: A Review from the Perspective of Remote Sensing Specialists. Sensors 10, 9647-9667; doi:10.3390/s101109647United Nations 2000. Handbook on geographic information systems and digital mapping. New YorkWilson J.P., Fotheringham A.S. 2008. The Handbook of Geographic Information Science. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-4051-0796-9