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Before choosing course

The focus of this course is on the significance of data and information for policy and decision-making and management of natural and environmental resources and issues, and on selected tools and techniques, in particular Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and indicators to increase availability and accessibility to such information.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus AE2502 (Spring 2015–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course deals with the various aspects related to the broad issue of information and data for decision-making in the context of environmental and natural resources management. It covers aspects related to the provision of new data and information (increasing information density) inter alia by means of Geographic Information Systems, expert systems and multi-criteria evaluation, and means and tools, such as indicators and the Internet to communicate new and existing information to various types of end users, ranging from the general public via scientists to the decision-makers (increasing information accessibility).

The course will devote much time and emphasis to GIS through a number of compulsory exercises that demonstrate how this particular tool together with others related can be applied to derive new, relevant information within various planning and management contexts.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the students should be able to:

- use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for providing management relevant information about natural resources and environmental issues

- review and give examples of other techniques and tools for increasing availability and accessibility of environmental information such as indicators

- understand the significance of data and environmental information in planning, management and other decision-making and policy-making processes, for solving environmental problems and for sustainable use of natural resources.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor's degree in the field of civil engineering, environmental engineering, or another subject with clear relevance to the course, of at least 180 higher education credits. Environmental Data (course AE2503), 7.5 credits, or equivalent. Proficiency in English (English B or equivalent).

Recommended prerequisites

At least three years of academic studies in an engineering, planning or ecological program. Courses AE2501 "Environmental Impact Assessment" and AE2503 "Environmental Data", or equivalent.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TENA - Examination, 4,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVNA - Exercises, 3,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written examination (TEN1; 4 credits), GIS-laborations, seminar and report writing (ÖVN 1; 3.5 credits).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AE2502

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study

Built Environment, Environmental Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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