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Master of Science in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation


Geo-information science and earth observation (GEO) is all about collecting, processing, analyzing, visualizing and organizing data representing the location, size and shape of objects on our planet. This data is generally referred to as spatial information. Geo-information science allows for this generally complex data to be presented and organized in highly accessible forms (such as apps for smart phones and other mobile devices, spatial data infrastructures, maps), making the underlying story that much easier to tell and sell.

Putting spatial information to good use

In today’s world spatial information is everywhere. Providing ever more detailed impressions of reality, it is put to good use by developers of popular applications such as Google Maps and car navigation systems. Moreover, spatial information is the key to solving complex issues that may involve, e.g.:

  • improving agricultural practices to advance the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in poor countries
  • making land rights mapping faster, cheaper, easier, and more responsible
  • helping the world by improving water safety and security
  • establishing an effective urban search-and-rescue operations framework
  • promoting development, exploration and utilization of geothermal energy sources
  • providing a basic safety net to protect smallholder farmers from weather related perils
  • promoting efficiency and equity in agro-good trade
  • helping to achieve sustainable social housing and inclusive urban communities

ITC Master’s programme in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (M-GEO) will provide you with the knowledge and tools required for working with spatial information in any of the fields outlined above − and more.

Remote sensing and geographic information systems

Our curriculum integrates two fields vital to geo-information science and earth observation: remote sensing (RS) and geographic information systems (GIS). Remote sensing involves the collection and analysis of scientific data at, above or below the earth’s surface without coming into physical contact with them. Geographic information systems are then used to analyze, visualize and organize the data collected by remote sensing.

Specialization: Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction 

Learn to predict and monitor multi-hazard risk and help reduce our vulnerability to disasters. The specialization in natural hazards and disaster risk reduction is one of several streams that can be pursued within this master's programme.

Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and extreme weather are triggers for disasters in many parts of the world. The effects of climate change and of cities that keep on growing bigger and bigger are also increasingly harmful. Our exposure and vulnerability to landslides, flooding, erosion and other hazards are continuously changing. Would you like to know why and when natural hazards turn into disasters? Want to play a role in minimizing their impact and reducing disaster risk? Then ITC’s specialization in Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction is just right for you.

The courses that we offer reflect our firm belief that geo-information plays an important role in multi-hazard risk assessment and disaster risk reduction. You will gain insight in methods to evaluate how hazards and risk may change in the future, due to global changes. You will also learn how geo-information is used for the evaluation of both ecosystem-based and engineering measures for disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness planning, and post-disaster damage assessment.

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Last updated

05 Mar 2018

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  • Type University programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) Netherlands, the (Enschede)
  • Language English

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