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GIS Application in Biology

Code: 44541
ECTS: 5.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Sven Jelaska
Lecturers: prof. dr. sc. Sven Jelaska - Practicum
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All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Practicum 30
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
1. Fundamentals of GIS.
2. Understanding of basics of spatial thinking.
3. Development of problem oriented thinking.
4. Capability of solution finding with the emphasis on ecology, biogeography and conservation biology.
1. Introduction to GIS.
2. Global positioning system GPS.
3. Maps and map projections.
4. Type of data, uncertainty of data, errors in data.
5. Vector data and operations with it.
6. Raster data and operations with it.
7. Digital terrain model.
8. Remote sensing.
9. Data analyses, interpolations.
10. Spatial autocorrelation.
11. Error during digitalization process.
12. Examples distribution maps.
13. Examples predictive modeling.
14. Examples spatial queries.
15. Examples decision making.

1. Basics of GPS.
2. Introduction to the GIS program graphic user interface.
3. Loading of georeferenced vector thematic layers, overview and basic settings.
4. Working with tables: overview, creating, field settings, queries.
5. Creating buffer zones, with fixed width, in the dependence of attribute fields.
6. Spatial operations with the vector data 1.
7. Spatial operations with the vector data 2.
8. Digitalization of point data from the georeferenced topographic map.
9. Rasterization.
10. Working with raster layers 1.
11. Working with raster layers 2, 3D model.
12. Working with raster layers satellite images
13. Digitalization of polygon and linear objects.
14. Profile creation and values detection.
15. Map creation.
  1. Longley, P.A., Goodchild, M.F., Maguire, D.J., Rhind, D.W., 2008. Geographic information systems and science, 2nd edition. John Wiley & Sons Ltd., ISBN 978-0470-87001-3
  2. Hengl, T., Reuter, H.I., 2009. Geomorphometry, Concepts, Software, Applications (Developments in Soil Science, Volume 33), Elsevier, ISBN 978-0-12-374345-9
  3. Burrough, P.A. & McDonnell, R.A., 1998: Principles of Geographical Information Systems. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  4. Johnston, C.A., 1998. Geographic information systems in ecology (Methods in ecology). Blackwell Science Inc., ISBN 0-632-03859-4
2. semester
Izborni predmeti - Regular module - Botany
Mandatory course - Regular study - Ecology and Nature Preservation
Consultations schedule: