Mission: As part of Cook College's Campus Green Initiative ( http://aesop.rutgers.edu/~enviro ), the Spring 2003 Advanced Environmental Geomatics (Instructor: Professor Richard Lathrop) undertook to examine issues related to the campus green infrastructure. The goal of this years course was the identification and assessment of environmentally significant areas, what we term green infrastructure, on the Cook-Douglass campus. Using geomatics technology (remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and global position systems (GPS)), the students mapped the Cook-Douglass campus complemented with field surveys to document important natural habitat areas and characterize their significant features. GIS-based projects were undertaken to assess watershed integrity, aesthetic viewsheds, vegetation diversity, environmental corridors and .desire. paths.

Class Format: This class was taught in a practicum format with an emphasis on student-driven learning through practical hands-on individual and group projects. To meet this objective, student teams identified the issues to be studied, broke into teams by issue, and undertook field and GIS studies. The class used various forms of information technology (e.g., geomatics and web technology) to develop and communicate the resulting study, culminating in a web-based product and a public presentation of the results. For more information on the course syllabus, go to: http://crssa.rutgers.edu/courses/advgeo/sylabus_03.htm.

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