CAS Geomatics for a Sustainable Environment 2019

This CAS aims at providing attendees with a good understanding and practical skills on the various open source geographic and environmental tools together with approaches to tackle environmental challenges and sustainability.



June 2019 - October 2019
10 ECTS credits
90 Teaching hours
28 Distance teaching hours




Blended learning


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Registration deadline

31 May 2019
Modules can be followed individually
Priority will be given to candidates applying for the CAS


  • CHF 4250.- for the complete CAS

  • CHF 3900.- for the summer school only (no CAS obtained)

  • CHF 600.- per individual day of the summer school


  • Give double competencies to professionals and students in geomatics and environmental fields
  • Acquire knowledge on a set of tools linked to Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI), Web mapping (e.g. Geoserver, GeoNode, Geonetwork, MapX) and programming (e.g. Python for geoprocessing, R for geostatistics) 
  • Acquire specific knowledge on tools available to assess biodiversity, ecosystem services and water resources


Any person interested and/or involved in environmental sustainability and natural capitals: biodiversity, water resources and ecosystem services. This CAS is targeting in particular Swiss and foreign experts in geographic information systems interested in environmental sustainability, young graduate, PhD student, experienced professional who want to upgrade his knowledge and skills, employee and consultant from international organizations and from national or regional authorities in charge of these topics.

Learning outcomes

  • Be able to design and develop environmental projects using geomatics tools
  • Master the main geomatic, statistical and computer tools in the environmental field
  • Become a player aware of the natural capital management in decision making at any scale and in all types of institutions


This programme is made of two modules corresponding to 10 ETCS credits:

  • 1)  A first remote module for discovery or scientific knowledge consolidation of environmental geomatics that will be proposed as a MOOC on ecosystem services (to be completed in May-June 2019): 
  • 2)  A second module in two parts: 
    • 2a)  A first part in presence as a block course organized as a summer school from 17 to 28 June 2019; all the teachings are mandatory
    • 2b)  A second part as an integrative work of end of studies, allowing each participant to tackle a professional issue based on knowledge acquired during the teachings

This solution should allow both professionals and students to best organize themselves to fit this program in their schedule


Prof. Anthony LEHMANN, Institute for Environmental Sciences and Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva


Dr. Yaniss GUIGOZ, Spatial Data Infrastructure specialist, UN Environment, Science Division, GRID-Geneva and enviroSPACE Laboratory, University of Geneva

Pedagogical method

  • E-learning on ecosystem services through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
  • Most of the software taught are open source
  • Hands-on exercises with tutorials and tutors

Admission criteria

  • A recognized university degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD or equivalent)
  • Relevant professional experience or research related to the program of the certificate
  • Applicants must submit a CV and a motivation letter explaining their interest in the programme by describing a professional or research project related to geomatics and environment
  • Fluency in English, particularly written and reading skills
  • Applicants who have already followed the MOOC “Ecosystem Services: a Method for Sustainable Development” provided by the University of Geneva prior to their enrolment, are required to inform the coordinator.
  • Applicants must have good computer skills, especially in GIS software to follow the summer school teachings. They must also have a good internet connection to follow the MOOC on ecosystem services and for the final integrative work

Number of participants

Max. 30 participants

Detailed fees

  • CHF 4250.- for the complete CAS
  • CHF 3900.- for the summer school only (no CAS obtained)
  • CHF 600.- per individual day of the summer school

To be paid online upon registration.

Limited number of partial scholarships are available on justified request.


8h30-10h / 10h15-12h30 13h30-15h45 / 16h-18h


Thanks to satellite images, we can have information on groundwater resources. (Chantal Crisinel, Graduate CAS Geomatics for a Sustainable Environment 2017)

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