School of Environmental Sciences

Geographic information systems

This course is part of the programme:
Master’s study programme Environment (2nd level)

Objectives and competences

Refreshing knowledge of basic terms and rules in GIS and introducing advanced approaches in GIS. Learning advanced theoretical spatial informatics rules that will be applied in tutorial. Additional objective of the course is to educate students for advanced daily use of GIS for solving environmental challenges. Students will test their competences during tutorial/exercises or their seminars.

Prerequisites

The purpose of the course is to upgrade existing spatial information knowledge hence the basic understanding form the field of spatial informatics is necessary. This course is related to the course Environmental Information Systems and GIS (1OK008) and is its upgrade.

Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Refreshing of GIS basics
  • Data, representation and cartography in GIS
  • Object creation and advanced editing in GIS
  • Data quality control in GIS
  • Advanced operations and analyses in GIS
  • Basic modelling with raster data
  • Basic concepts of geostatistical analysis
  • Basics of model building in GIS
  • GIS project planning

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

Students are introduced to: the advanced operations in GIS; creation and complex editing of spatial data; analysis of spatial data; basics of spatial statistics; they learn: performing advanced editing of spatial data; performing mathematical, logical and other operations on spatial data; to build simple models in GIS. Gained knowledge is useful as a tool for solving spatially related challenges in their study of the environment.

Readings

  • Burrough, P., McDonnell, R. (1998): Principles of Geographical Information Systems, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Drobne, S., Podobnikar, T. (1999): Osnovni pojmi v geografskih informacijskih sistemih, Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za gradbeništvo za geodezijo, Ljubljana.
  • Kvamme, K., Oštir-Sedelj, K., Stančič, Z., Šumrada, R. (1997): Geografski informacijski sistemi, Znanstvenoraziskovalni center Slovenske akademije znanosti in umetnosti, Ljubljana.
  • Triglav, J., (1996): Geomatika, mozaik merskih metod (posebna izdaja revije Življenje in tehnika), Tehniška založba Slovenije, Ljubljana.
  • Zborniki »Geografski informacijski sistemi v Sloveniji« (od leta 1991 dalje), Založba ZRC, Ljubljana.
  • Longley, P. A., Goodchild, M. F., Maguire, D. J., Rhind, D. W. (2005): Geographic Information Systems and Science, Wiley & Sons, Chichester.

Assessment

Attendance of the tutorial 80% (40% of the final grade) Seminar paper or written examination (60% of the final grade)

Lecturer's references

Dr. Marko Komac is an Associate professor in field of Geology at Univesity of Nova Gorica.

1. KOMAC, Marko. Regional landslide susceptibility model using the Monte Carlo approach – the case of Slovenia. Geological Quarterly, ISSN 1641-7291, 2012, vol. 56, no. 1, str. 41-54. [COBISS.SI-ID 2015829]; kategorija: 1A3 (Z1); točke: 67.38

2. KOMAC, Marko, URBANC, Janko. Assessment of spatial properties of karst areas on a regional scale using GIS and statistics – the case of Slovenia. Journal of caves and karst studies, ISSN 1090-6924, 2012, vol. 74, no. 3, str. 251-261, doi: 10.4311/2010ES0188R. [COBISS.SI-ID 2093909]; kategorija: 1A4 (Z1); točke: 25.66, št. avtorjev: 2

3. JEMEC AUFLIČ, Mateja, KOMAC, Marko. From national landslide database to national hazard assessment. V: MAMBRETTI, S. (ur.). Landslides, (Safety & Security Engineering Series, ISSN 2047-7686). Southampton; Boston: Wit Press, cop. 2012, str. 11-26. [COBISS.SI-ID 1983317]; kategorija: 3B (Z1); točke: 15

4. KOMAC, Marko, URBANC, Janko. Karta površinske razširjenosti in stopnje zakraselosti kraških območij v Sloveniji 1:250.000 = Map of the spatial distribution and karstification intensity of surficial karst areas in Slovenia 1:250.000. Ljubljana: Geološki zavod Slovenije, 2013. 1 zvd., barve. ISBN 978-961-6498-40-1. [COBISS.SI-ID 269747456]; kategorija: 2C (Z2); točke: 10

5. KOMAC, Marko, KUMELJ, Špela, RIBIČIČ, Mihael. Zemljevid dovzetnosti za pojavljanje drobirskih tokov v Sloveniji 1:250.000 = Debris-flow susceptibility map of Slovenia 1:250.000. Ljubljana: Geološki zavod Slovenije: = Geological survey of Slovenia, 2010. 1 zvd, barve. ISBN 978-961-6498-17-3. [COBISS.SI-ID 246759936]; kategorija: 2C (Z2); točke: 6.67

6. HE, Xiaogang, HONG, Yang, YU, Xiaodi, CERATO, Amy B., ZHANG, Xinhua, KOMAC, Marko. Landslides susceptibility mapping in Oklahoma state using GIS-based weighted linear combination method. V: SASSA, Kyoji (ur.), CANUTI, Paolo (ur.), YIN, Yueping (ur.). Landslide science for a safer geoenvironment. Vol. 2, Methods of landslide studies. Cham … [etc.]: Springer, cop. 2014, str. 371-377, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-05050-8_58. [COBISS.SI-ID 2281045]; kategorija: 4C (Z2); točke: 4.17

7. VERBOVŠEK, Timotej, KOMAC, Marko. Študijsko gradivo za predmet GIS v geologiji : (prosojnice s predavanj in vaj) : avtor in nosilec predmeta: doc. dr. Timotej Verbovšek : poglavje o daljinskem zaznavanju: doc. dr. Marko Komac. Ljubljana: Univ. v Ljubljani, NTF, Odd. za geologijo, avg. 2010. 267 str., ilustr. http://www.geo.ntf.uni-lj.si/tverbovsek/. [COBISS.SI-ID 835678]; kategorija: SU (S) Drugo učno gradivo; točke: 1

8. KOMAC, Marko, KUMELJ, Špela, RIBIČIČ, Mihael. Model dovzetnosti za pojavljanje drobirskih tokov v Sloveniji v merilu 1: 250.000 = Debris-flow susceptibility model of Slovenia at scale 1: 250,000. Geologija, ISSN 0016-7789. [Tiskana izd.], 2009, vol. 52, no. 1, str. 87-104. [COBISS.SI-ID 1649493]; kategorija: 1C (Z2); točke: 10

University course code: 2OK030

Year of study: 1

Semester: 1

Course principal:

Lecturer:

Assistant:

ECTS: 6

Workload:

  • Lectures: 15 hours
  • Exercises: 30 hours
  • Individual work: 135 hours

Languages: slovene and english

Learning and teaching methods:
• lectures • tutorial/exercises on state of the art software arcgis. • individual/team project work under supervision of the lecturer responsible for the course