OktoKopters Map Vineyards and other Education GIS News

Dr Arko Lucieer, a senior lecturer with the School of Geography and Environmental Studies, at the University of Tasmania (Australia) and up to 20 students spent the day measuring the advance of a 1996 landslide at Home Hill winery's vineyards. They were using two micro-helicopters - called OktoKopters, a type of  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to produce a 3D model of the landslide.

Each OktoKopter costs about $3000, but the sophisticated sensors that they carry are much more expensive, bringing the total cost to $60,000.

- Science Alert via reader Martin

Among the winners of this year’s Steinhoff/Bermuda Zoological Society Scholarship is a student pursuing GIS:

Winston R. Godwin Jr. [who received $5,000 for one year]
A third-year student at the University of Guelph, Ont. who is studying for a BA in Geography with a focus on Environment and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He hopes to work in the field of climate change and its effects on ecosystems and environments;

- Bernews.com

This description of courses at the Univeristy of Florida Indian River suggests the news media still does not know what it is.

Because the number of environmental jobs continues to rise along the Treasure Coast, the center's bachelor's degree in Environmental Management is increasingly popular. Fall semester course offerings for work towards this degree include: "Environmental Hydrology," "GIS (Global Information System) in Soil and Water Science" and "Wildlife Ecology and Management."

The university calls the course "GIS in Soil and Water Science."

- TCPalm.com

Published Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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