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Introduction to Urban Geo-Informatics

Hong Kong Polytechnic University via edX

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Found in GIS, Urban Planning

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Overview

Where does geographical data come from?
How do we monitor our environment?
How do we navigate with our phones?
What is happening beneath our feet?

These are just some of the questions that crop up every so often as we wander around the streets of our urban metropolises. Many of the technologies we used, many of the decisions we made are based on spatial data, most of which are acquired from Geospatial Technologies. This data and the interpretation of the data is known as “Geo-Informatics”.

In this course, you will explore various technologies involved in Geo-Informatics, how the technologies help us to retrieve spatial data, and more importantly how the geographical data becomes the information used in decision making.
 
You will explore the fields of Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as GPS, and Underground Mapping. Additionally, the concept of Smart City and the Urban Environment will be introduced to you. From this, you will gain an understanding of how these technologies help us to shape and understand the world that we are living in.

Syllabus

Week 1: The Urban Environment
Introduction to the Urban Environment and its issues.

Week 2: GIS
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS); its role and how data are analysed inside a GIS, the applications of GIS, and how it is integrated into our lives.

Week 3: Remote Sensing
Introduction to Remote Sensing; its history and techniques, how data are acquired through Remote Sensing technologies, and how they are processed.

Week 4: Underground Survey & Mapping
Introduction to methods for Underground Mapping and how to see the unseen.

Week 5: Navigational Systems
Introduction to how we position ourselves on Earth, how we navigate through our surroundings, and the different Systems.

Week 6: Smart Cities
Introduction to what is a Smart City, where Big Data come from, and how we can use Big Data to shape our world.

Taught by

Dr. Man-Sing Charles WONG , Prof. Wenzhong SHI , Dr. Lilian S.C. PUN-CHENG , Ir. Dr. Wallace W.L. LAI , Dr. Xintao LIU , Dr. Xiaolin ZHU , Prof. Michael BATTY , Prof. Michael GOODCHILD , Prof. Mei-Po KWAN , Dr. Peter ATKINSON , Dr. James GARRISON , Dr. Tom ISELEY , Dr. C.K. SHUM and Dr. Yun ZHANG

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