The programme and the UN sustainable development goals
Read more about how the Master programme in Geospatial Information Science connects to the UN sustainable development goals.
The programme connects in particular to the following three goals:
- Sustainable Cities and Communities
- Life on Land
- Climate Action
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
In the different courses, societal planning and management problems are introduced and addressed through practical applications of geographical analyses and different GIS solutions. Examples of these are finding suitable planning and development project sites, analysing mobility, visualising scenarios, and identification of areas that are at risks of different hazards.
Climate action Conducting hazard, vulnerability and risks assessment, as well as modelling, are some of the integral aspects of courses in the programmes. With the high unpredictability of the magnitudes and impacts of floods, forest fires, hurricanes/typhoons, etc. associated with climate change, identification of the possible spatial extents and consequences of these hazards through modelling, mapping and visualisation constitute important knowledge that can help manage areas that are at risks of climate-induced disasters, and in mitigating risks.
Protect, restore and promote sustainable usage of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Problem-solving skills related to the application of GIS and remote sensing techniques, as well as the usage of different geodata are taught and applied in the different courses to help understand, analyse, and manage spatial aspects of problems related to the environment and the ecosystem. Development of technical solutions, which employ GIS and/or remote sensing technique/s, to address environmental and conservation problems, is also an important part of students’ project works.