Geoinformation in Environmental Management

Organized by MAI Chania
Mai Coordinators: Dr. Chariton KALAITZIDIS

Aims

The programme of Geoinformation in Environmental Management focuses on the ever growing demand for highly specialized and effectively educated scientists to tackle significant environmental issues in today’s natural environment, agro-environmental issues and land use functions. Graduates, professionals and specialists from the Mediterranean and Balkan region majoring in a compatible discipline and background knowledge on Environmental issues have the opportunity to specialize on (a) Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing, their application to Environmental Management and other problems related to Environment, (b)  Utilization of quantitative and decision support tools to strategic and environmental impact assessment within the environmental policy and legislative framework of the European Union. The attainment of the M.Sc. degree qualifies them with in depth academic knowledge and practical skills in Environmental Management, which enable a successful continuation of their doctorate studies and/or pursue of an international career in both the public and private sector

Objectives

  • To provide a basis or opportunity for originality in developing or applying ideas while addressing a research hypothesis connected to decision support for environmental issues;
  • To apply knowledge and understanding in solving real life problems in a multidisciplinary context, such as a strategical environmental assessment or the management of Mediterranean ecosystems require;
  • To demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge of the natural processes, and the environmental legislation and policy, handle complex geo-information technologies, and formulate judgments, even with incomplete raw data;
  • To communicate their conclusions and the underpinning knowledge and rational addressing different audiences; in ways that enable the discussion with specialists or raise the interest of non-specialist audiences;
  • Study under the supervision of specialized tutors that promote self-initiatives and autonomous handling while dealing with the research topic.

PART 1
THE MASTER OF CIHEAM - CHANIA PROGRAMME

The programme is organized in 6 Units (60 ECTS)

SEMESTER I

ENM510.41515.0 GIS & SPATIAL STATISTICS (15 ECTS)

03 October to 25 November ‘16

ENM530.21515.0 REMOTE SENSING AND IMAGE PROCESSING (15 ECTS)

28 November ‘16 to 17 February ‘17

ENM520.5915.0 MANAGEMENT OF MEDITERRANEAN ECOSYSTEMS (9 ECTS)

20 February to 24 April ‘17

ENM550.3814.0 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT PROCESSES (6 ECTS)

27 March to 28 April ‘17

ENM540.41015.0 SPECIALISED TOPICS IN GEOINFORMATION APPLICATIONS (12 ECTS)

01 May to 16 June ‘17

ENM500.1312.0 EXTENDED ESSAY (3 ECTS)

      19 June to 23 June ‘17

EXAMINATIONS

Participants are obliged to take an examination in order to obtain an individual grade for each component in the following arrangement: For every one or two week(s) of course delivery the given examination period is one week.

All units are subject to examination.

Examinations may take the form of written exams (problems, set of questions, exercises, multiple choice questions), individual or team work project, computer assisted exams or any combination of the above forms.

Retake examination is allowed for a maximum of three weeks course delivery (3 subunits) of any unit except for the last two units.

Language of instruction: ENGLISH

 

PART 2
THE MASTER OF SCIENCE THESIS

Supervised research work: Thesis and defence (60 ECTS)
Duration: 11 months

Project (9 months duration, 60 ECTS)

The qualified second year graduates (Master of Science Degree candidates) pursue their research thesis under the supervision of visiting and/ or own MAICh faculty in an environment fully equipped with modern facilities and the most recently updated software. Research addresses spearhead topics supporting national and EU Environmental policies within an interdisciplinary international scientific network.

Research activities: Topics generally available for Master of Science thesis:

  • Desertification Monitoring,
  • Environmental Resource Management,
  • Environmental Impact Assessment,
  • Landscape Ecology,
  • Soil Erosion Risk Assessment,
  • Agricultural Practices Monitoring,
  • Precision Agriculture,
  • Forest Fire Risk Assessment
  • Fire Behaviour Modelling & Effectiveness of Fire Retardants,
  • Management of Mediterranean Ecosystems, and
  • Regional and Rural Development