Environment information systems and GIS

This course is part of the programme
Bachelor's programme in Environment (first cycle)

Objectives and competences

Building knowledge of basic terms and rules in environmental information systems and GIS, strengthening theoretical spatial informatics foundation that will be applied in exercises. Additional objective of the course is to educate students for a daily use of GIS for solving environmental challenges. Students will test their competences during exercises or their seminars.


Prerequisites for following the course are basic knowledge of working with computers and mathematical and geographical knowledge at the high-school level.


• Introduction to environmental information systems and GIS
• Data in GIS
• Web GIS and standards
• GIS and cartography
• Creation and editing objects in GIS
• GIS data quality control
• Basic operations and analyses in GIS
• Remote sensing and GIS – basics
• Boolean algebra and fuzzy logic – basics

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:
Students are introduced to: the basics of GIS and standards of spatial data; they learn: performing advanced querying for spatial data content and their search using multilevel criteria; creation and editing of graphical attribute of spatial data; linking graphical and tabular attributes of spatial data; creation of cartographic product – map; performing transformation of spatial data between different types and formats; performing basic analyses of spatial data.


  • Geographical Information Systems: Principles, Techniques, Management and Applications, 2nd Edition (2005). Editors: Paul A. Longley, Michael F. Goodchild, David J. Maguire, David W. Rhind. 404 pp. ISBN: 978-0-471-73545-8 Catalogue
  • Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, 4ed (2012). Michael N. Demers. 460 pp. ISBN: 978-8126537211. Catalogue E-version
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing, Sixth Edition (2022). James B. Campbell, Randolph H. Wynne, and Valerie A. Thomas. 634 pp. ISBN 9781462549405 Catalogue E-version
  • Remote Sensing Digital Image Analysis, An Introduction, 5th Edition (2014). John A. Richards. 494 pp. Springer Berlin, Heidelberg. ISBN: 978-3-642-44101-1. Catalogue E-version


Competence is assessed during the exercises, the colloquium based on exercises (40 % of the final grade) and written exam (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