Course Title: Geo-Informatics and Environmental Risk Management Course Code: GEO 511 Semester: Spring
Course Type: Lecture Hours/Week: 3 Number of credits: 7.5
Level of course: Graduate Year of study: 1st Language of instruction: Greek


Name of Lecturer/Professor:


Dr. Kostas D. Kalabokidis, Associate Professor



Objective of the course (expected learning outcomes and competences to be acquired)


Environmental Hazards Mapping and Management is a graduate-level course aimed at identifying concepts and problems associated with environmental risk management and vulnerability, as related to applied geo-informatics techniques and systems.



Prerequisites: Master’s degree enrolment.



Course contents:


Biophysical hazards and disturbance agents (e.g., wildfires, drought, wind, temperature extremes) in ecosystem management. Current issues of natural resource management and environmental protection. Geo-information for disaster management. Lab exercises using cartographic modeling and risk assessment technology.



Recommended reading:


1.      Ahern, F.J., J.G. Goldammer, and C.O. Justice. 2001. Global and Regional Vegetation Fire Monitoring from Space: Planning a Coordinated International Effort. SPB Academic Publishing bv, The Hague, The Netherlands.

2.      Amdahl, G. 2001. Disaster Response: GIS of Public Safety. ESRI Press, Redlands, California.

3.      Berry, J.K. 1993. Beyond Mapping: concepts, algorithms, and issues in GIS. GIS World, Inc. Fort Collins, CO, USA.

4.      Calow, P. 2001. Handbook of Environmental Risk Assessment and Management. Blackwell Science, Great Britain.

5.      Chuvieco, E. 1999. Remote Sensing of Large Wildfires in the European Mediterranean Basin. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.

6.      Freedman, B. 1995. Environmental Ecology. The Ecological Effects of Pollution, Disturbance, and Other Stresses, 2nd edition. Academic Press, San Diego.

7.      Greene, R.W. 2002. Confronting Catastrophe. ESRI Press, Redlands, California.

8.      Lang, L. 1998. Managing Natural Resources with GIS. Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. USA.

9.      Mairota, P., J.B. Thornes, and N. Geeson. 1998. Atlas of Mediterranean environments in Europe. John Wiley & Sons Ltd., West Sussex, England.

10.  Pyne, S.J., P.L. Andrews, and R.D. Laven. 1996. Introduction to Wildland Fire, 2nd edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York.

11.  Quattrochi, D.A. and M.F. Goodchild. 1997. Scale in Remote Sensing and GIS. Lewis Publishers, USA.

12.  Sampson, R.N., R.D. Atkinson, and J.W. Lewis. 2000. Mapping Wildfire Hazards and Risks. Food Products Press, New York.

13.  Southwick, C.H. 1996. Global ecology in human perspective. Oxford University Press, New York.

14.  Vlachos, E.C., and F.N. Correia (coords). 2000. Shared water systems and transboundary issues. Luso-American Development Foundation, Lisbon.

15.  Zeiler, M. 1999. Modeling our World: The ESRI Guide to Geodatabase Design. ESRI Press, Redlands, California.



Teaching methods:


The course consists of lectures, seminars, laboratory and field exercises, readings, and class assignments.



Assessment methods:


The grade is determined according to class participation, oral presentation and written assignment of a semester-term case study.