GIS for Good: Applications of GIS for International Development and Humanitarian Assistance

 

Course Description

Screen shot from a student's final project with the United Nations High Commission on RefugeesGIS for Good is a community engaged learning course meant to expose students to geographic information systems (GIS) as a tool for exploring alternative solutions to complex humanitarian and environmental issues in the international arena. The project-based, interdisciplinary structure of this class gives primary emphasis to the use of GIS for field data collection, mapping, analysis and visualization that allows for multi-criteria assessment of community development. Students in the class partnered with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR).

Course Details

GIS for Good: Applications of GIS for International Development and Humanitarian Assistance

EARTHSYS 127 | EESS 122/222)

Maria Cacho, Kevin Hsu, Suzanne Gaulocher, Patricia Carbajales | Spring Quarter

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What Students say about this cel class

“The project was amazing. It was so great working on a real life project while learning GIS tools. The labs were extremely helpful in learning the tools. Although a lot of work, in retrospect the project is something I feel very accomplished about.”

“This was one of the best classes that I have ever taken. I loved the guest speakers, real world projects, and the labs. I also loved how excited and available the instructors were. I am also glad that we did a mid class evaluation and that the teachers were willing to listen to and work with us.”

“Even though the class is now concluded, my group and I are continuing to work with UNHCR. UNHCR is interested in further applying the concepts we used in our group project (using high resolution images to plan out energy initiatives before UNHCR gets to the ground). I'm excited to continue leaning though this extended partnership. Now we can keep using the skills + mindframe given to us by this class to help UNHCR optimize their energy planning efforts."