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Applied Geo-Information: Naturally Geographic


If you think biodiversity and nature conservation are important, and if you want to learn how to identify nature-based solutions that also address other claims on our land, this minor is for you.
Start date
Study duration
20 weeks
Learning path

About the programme

We are increasingly aware of how crucial nature is to healthy livelihoods for current and future generations. Nature provides us with vital resources such as food, air, water and energy. In spite of these benefits, we are faced with continuing degradation and rapid loss of our nature.

In this programme, we will look at the challenges conserving our nature present, as well as the opportunities nature-based solutions may offer for a sustainable and healthy living environment. The aim is to provide insight into how to use spatial decision models and remote sensing techniques to provide support for decision-making regarding nature policies.

As part of the programme, you will work on several individual assignments and an interdisciplinary project with fellow students. For the project, you and your colleagues will work on a real-life nature conservation challenge in a selected area. 

The course will cover the following topics: 

  • Nature conservation and biodiversity
  • Remote sensing / satellite image interpretation
  • Spatial Decision Modelling
  • Visualising results using dashboards

In addition, Naturally Geographic offers one or more field trips to observe and experience the topics in the real world. 

During the programme, you are also free to select a combination of complementary elective courses, such as:

  • 3D geo information/Digital Twins 
  • Citizen participation 
  • Virtual Reality 
  • Sensor technology 
  • LIDAR (point clouds) 
  • Serious Gaming 
Course description Naturally Geographic

Learning goals

During the Applied Geo-information: Naturally Geographic exchange programme, students will learn how to use various analytical tools and methods to gain insight into nature conservation issues, and how to translate these findings into tangible information products for end-users. 

Admission requirements

  • Basic knowledge about the use of geographical information systems (GIS) is a requirement. Teaching materials are available to update your knowledge if required 
  • Enrolling students must be able to demonstrate excellent ability to work independently, make decisions and put together their own curriculum.  
  • The relevance of the applicant’s background will be assessed during an intake interview with the course coordinator, based on a motivation letter and CV.  
  • English skills at level B2 (more information can be found via the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). 
  • This student must be in their 2nd Bachelor year as a minimum. 

How to apply as an exchange student

If you want to apply for this programme please click here for information on the procedure.

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