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Sensing Pollution During the Olympics and other Education GIS News

Tuesday, May 1st 2012
By Adena Schutzberg

The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are expected to draw 11m visitors from around the world to the UK's capital for seven weeks, and 3m extra car journeys are anticipated on the busiest day.

The team of researchers [from the University of Leicester] will use their CityScan technology, which gathers scattered sunlight to scan whole cities and take readings of air quality, to investigate the impact of this extra  on pollution.

Rather than existing technology, which can only give an accurate reading for certain "hotspots," CityScan can show the air quality over every point of the city - including individual roads, playgrounds and other buildings.

It will also reveal the days and times when  are at their highest.

- Phys Org

This fall, the University of Florida department of urban and regional planning in the College of Design, Construction and Planning will launch a new online master’s degree in urban and regional planning with specializations in Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, and sustainability.

- Univ of Florida News

An online advanced certificate program offered by Long Island University (LIU) for mobile and Web GIS is up and running.

The one-year 12-credit Advanced Certificate in Mobile GIS Applications Development, approved by the New York State Education Department, trains students to create mobile applications for iOS and Android devices. Each class is offered online during a 10-week term, with classes limited to 20 students to ensure frequent and personal interaction among faculty and students. The two required courses are Introduction to GIS and Introduction to Computer Programming. Students learn the key concepts, technologies and skills at the intersection of these growing fields that they will later use to develop geospatial apps. Students complete the program by taking two of three elective courses, Mobile GIS Applications Development for iOS, Mobile GIS Applications Development for Android, and Geographic Web Application Development. In these courses, students will use iOS and Android software development kits to create their own apps.

- press release

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