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Sustainability Education

Rocky Sustains Logo Environmental/Sustainability Theme Classes - at Western Illinois University

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: Environmental GIS - 2007/2008
This interdisciplinary, skill based program is designed to provide students with an understanding of how environmental data is collected, what is being reported, and how to analyze what is reported. It provides training in basic concepts at all levels of ecology from populations to landscapes and the interaction between the physical and biotic environment. The course will focus on the applications of the geographic information system (GIS) to analyze and interpret ecological data. GIS is the leading technique used in ecosystem analysis since it provides a method of integrating the physical and topographic information in a landscape with characteristics of the biotic components of the environment. It provides a method of interpreting spatial information in relation to land use. Thus it forms a template for management and restoration decisions which increase the probability of more effective land use and success in environmental restoration efforts.