GEOG3527 - GIS Tools for Climate Change Studies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

The negative consequences of climate change are by many conceived as something abstract that have consequences for someone else being far away. With Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and other visual methodologies, climate change effects become real and easier to relate to one owns life. The course provides an introduction to GIS and other visual tools and techniques relevant for climate change studies. Course participants will get hands-on experiences on how to apply GIS and other visual methodologies to assess vulnerability to environmental hazards such as flood, landslides and storms as well as an increased understanding on how local communities may strengthen their resilience. Further, the course will demonstrate how GIS may be used to facilitate a transition of the society to renewable energy resources. This will include mapping of solar energy potential, and to identify park locations for on-shore wind mills where the visibility from the general public are minimized.

Learning outcome

A student who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The participants will understand how reality is represented in a Geographical Information System (GIS) and the problems related to representing non-tangible features in a GIS. Pragmatic participants will nevertheless recognize the power of GIS in assessing exposure and vulnerability to negative climate change effects, and in facilitating a transition of the society to renewable energy resources by visualizations that make possibly futures more concrete.


The course provides the participants hands-on experience on how to apply GIS to identify elements at risk and to assess exposure and vulnerability to climate change induced hazards (such as flooding). Further, participants will develop skills on how to communicate risk using maps and how to increase local engagement through participatory mapping methodologies.

General competence:

The course provides relevant competence for participants who will work with GIS in private companies or public sectors with climate change issues.

Learning methods and activities

Up to 5 interactive seminars (each 2 hours), up to 10 lab-guidance (each 2 hours) and up to 10 online learning modules.

It is expected that compulsories and examinations must be completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the lecturer responsible for the course.

Teaching will only be given if a sufficient number of students register for the course and if the Department has sufficient teaching resources. See for the most up to date information on the courses not being offered.

Compulsory assignments

  • Work

Further on evaluation

Compulsory assignments in the course are up to 20 works that are submitted step by step throughout the semester. All works must be submitted and approved to qualify for the exam in the course. The exam in the course is a portfolio.

Same form of examination is given when re-sitting for the exam or improving the grade. The exam is offered both in the autumn and spring semester.

Required previous knowledge

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent. Other relevant qualifications may be accepted by the Department of Geography.
  • GEOG1012 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) or equivalent course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
GEOG3524 4.0 AUTUMN 2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geomatics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Enviromental Management
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geography


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Portfolio 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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