Course code VidZ3018

Credit points 2

Geographical Information Systems

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Number of hours for laboratory classes8

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation15.02.2011

Responsible UnitDepartment of Environmental Engineering and Water Management

Course developer

author prof.

Ainis Lagzdiņš

Dr. sc. ing.

Course abstract

This course is intended to provide an introduction to fundamental concepts and practical application of geographic information systems (GIS). Students should be able to learn about the methods and tools commonly used in the geospatial data analysis. Students acquire the ability to create, illustrate and analyze geographic information in a broad range of disciplines related to the environmental science and landscape architecture including hydrology, ecology, forestry, agriculture, cartography.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• The course develops a knowledge and understanding in fundamental concepts and practical applications of geographical information systems.
• The course enables students with an ability to formulate specific needs in the topic studied, critically evaluate the potential use of GIS and apply relevant GIS methods and tools for spatial problem-solving.
• The course elaborates a competence to create and apply geospatial data and geodatabases in other study courses and research.

Compulsory reading

1.Bernhandsen T. Geographic information systems. Arendal, Norway: Norwegian Mapping Authority, 1992. 218 p.
2.Stūrmanis E. Ģeoinformācijas sistēmas. Jelgava: LLU/RTU, 2006. 90 lpp.
3.Mūsdienu Latvijas topogrāfiskās kartes. Autoru kolektīvs A. Zelmanis ... u.c. Valsts zemes dienests. Rīga: Valsts zemes dienests, 2001. 203lpp.
4.The Earth Observation Handbook [tiešsaiste]. [Skatīts 09.02.2015.]. Pieejams:

Further reading

1.Latvijas ģeotelpiskās informācijas aģentūras publikācijas [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 09.02.2015.]. Pieejams:
2.Vanags V. Fotogrammetrija. Mūsdienu Latvijas topogrāfiskās kartes. Rīga: Valsts zemes dienests, 2003. 275 lpp.
3.Lauku reģistra ģeogrāfiskā informācija [tiešsaiste]. [Skatīts 09.02.2015.]. Pieejams:

Periodicals and other sources

1.ESRI mājas lapa [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 09.02.2015.]. Pieejams:
2.SIA Envirotech mājas lapa [tiešsaiste][skatīts 09.02.2015.]. Pieejams:
3.Rīgas ģeogrāfiskās informācijas sistēma [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 09.02.2015.]. Pieejams: