Geographic Information Systems

Over the last decade Geographic Information Systems have emerged as a technology of choice for urban and resource planning and management. Their capacity to store, retrieve, analyse, model and map large areas with high volumes of spatial data has led to a diverse range of applications. Geographic Information Science is a rapidly expanding field, and is used to solve problems in an increasing range of applications where geographic information is important. Essentially any field that is using spatial data is now turning to Geographic Information Systems for help in the analysis and display of the data.

Why Study Geographic Information Systems at UNE?

UNE offers Geographic Information Science teaching and research at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Most of our teaching and research is geared towards the fields of natural resources management, urban and regional planning, and precision agriculture applications. Geographic Information Systems forms a core part of the Bachelor of Environmental Science and the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning degrees. UNE also offers an excellent academic environment for students to conduct research in Geographic Information Science at the Honours, Masters and PhD levels. Students have the opportunity to develop applications of Geographic Information Science in such fields as wildlife distribution, vegetation management, wildlife and parks management, resource planning and wetlands mapping and monitoring. Academic and Honorary staff members within Geographic Information Science at UNE are highly qualified and respected researchers in their related fields. Research projects can be tailored to individual students. Students may wish to choose field sites that are local, interstate or overseas. UNE is also well equipped with modern research facilities.

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EM334/534 - Introduction to GIS and Spatial Thinking
EM333/433/533 - Spatial Analysis and Modelling
EM336/436/536 - Remote Sensing and Image Analysis
GEOL312 - Geophysics and Applied GIS for Earth Sciences
NR331/531 - Remote Sensing and Surveying
ERS501 - Applied Research Skills in Environmental and Rural Science
SCI500 - Research Methods in the Sciences


GIS graduates have an opportunity to work in a diverse range of fields throughout the world. These include ecosystems modelling, natural resources management, environmental analysis, land use planning, utilities management, landscape assessment and planning, transportation and infrastructure planning,
market research, visual impact analysis, facilities management, tax assessment, real estate analysis, precision agriculture, forestry, mining, as well as the social and medical sciences.


The University of New England has a state of the art GIS lab with 50 networked computers. The university has a site license for the full range of ESRI software. A second lab is available for postgraduate research work. A range of plotters, digitisers and mobile mapping devices are also available. A thermal imager, full range ASD spectroradiometer, EM survey gear and other remote sensing related equipment is also available.


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For further information about studying Geographic Information Systems:

Professor Lalit Kumar
Phone: +61 2 6773 5239