Bioeconomy is largely based on spatial data concerning the quantity and quality of various resources. Professionals within the bioeconomy sector often have to make decisions where spatial thinking ability is necessary. Therefore GIS (Geographical Information Systems, paikkatietojärjestelmät) can be seen as an important decision support system tool for planning and monitoring of ecosystem services, the built environment, transport services, etc.
The main themes during the course are:
Good, general computer skills. Applicants with a background in the bioeconomy or environmental sectors are prioritized if the number of applicants is greater than 50.
The course and each home assignments are graded on a scale Passed/Not yet Passed. All assignments (approximately 7 assignments) need to be passed for the course to be passed.
The course is practice oriented and includes a number of demonstrations and exercises, based on open data and open source software (QGIS 3) which the student can download for free.
Access to a computer where QGIS is or can be installed is necessary.
This course will be followed by a continuation course in the spring semester 2023, digging deeper into GIS analysis, especially raster analysis.