Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Environmental Data Processing

UM LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DEPARTMENT Environmental Management and Planning

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will introduce students to global distribution of data repositories of Earth Systems science data, to data visualization methods as well as methods for quality control of data. Using theory and practical case studies, students will be given the opportunity to become familiar with the varied range and format of Earth system data, such as raster and vector, enabling them to collate and import these using specific analytical software, to produce seamless data and derived information. Amongst other things, the study-unit will introduce students to various relevant software packages including ODV4, QGIS, and SAGA (Image raster processing software).

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims:

- To enable students to assess data quality;
- To enable students to be aware of various options for data visualization;
- To provide students with an understanding of the scope and diversity of Earth Systems science data and its management;
- To provide students with an appreciation of the various Earth system data formats, including raster and vector data;
- To help students develop an awareness of sources of relevant data, including meteorological/terrestrial/oceanic measurements.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Describe the structure of data management, processing systems, and data storage;
- Explain how data management systems will increase access and use of scientific data and reduce the threat of data being 'lost';
- Describe the need for data quality control of environmental datasets;
- Describe how environmental data available in different formats can be processed to solve spatial problems and challenges.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Collect environmental data in relation to an identified problem, propose a related appropriate mathematical approach and use this technique/model to solve the problem;
- Upon being given an Earth Systems data set, interpret its meta-data record for data management purposes;
- Perform and adopt basic Earth systems data processing/management in relation to (i) geospatial data and remote sensing, (ii) general circulation models, and (iii) data visualization;
- Handle basic data visualisation systems and related services.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Devillers, R., Goodchild, H., Eds., 2017. Spatial data quality: from process to decisions. CRC Press. ISBN: 9781138117822.
- System for Automated Geoscientific Analysis:

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Practicum

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Quiz SEM1 Yes 30%
Analysis Task SEM1 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Charles Galdies (Co-ord.)
Adam Gauci


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