Applied Geoinformatics for Earth Sciences

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1GE039

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Earth Science A1N, Geography A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 26 March 2021
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

120 credits with (1) 90 credits in earth science, or (2) 90 credits in technology or physics and 30 credits in earth science or Environmental Science. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Manipulate, extract and treat quantitative data from different geodata sources
  • Explain the theoretical principles in the analysis and modelling of geographical data
  • Develop appropriate work plans for spatial analyses and apply these to issues in the earth sciences
  • Interpret and extract information from satellite data for various purposes in the earth sciences
  • Formulate, carry out and present an independent earth science - related project using remote sensing and GIS


The course focuses on various aspects of geoinformatics with applications in the earth sciences, such as the acquisition of data from different sources for application in the earth sciences, geographic data quality, simpler morphometric and selection analyses of spatial data, geostatistics and interpolation, spatial regression analyses, the principles of satellite image interpretation, and the presentation of spatial data. A significant part of the course focuses on computer-based applications, which provides a view of the various possibilities and limitations in the use of GIS and remote sensing in physical geography, hydrology and geology.


Teaching is conducted as lectures and exercises. The course contains a problem-oriented project work that is conducted in groups. Project work, exercises and seminars are mandatory. Subject-integrated communications training, including feedback and self-evaluation, are included in the course.


Assessment is divided amongst exercises (3 credits) and project work (2 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.