CAS Geomatics for a Sustainable Environment 2019



June 2019 - September 2019
10 ECTS credits
80 Teaching hours
27 Distance teaching hours




Blended learning



+41 (0)22 379 98 34




Registration deadline

30 April 2019
Modules can be followed individually


CHF 4'250.-

CHF 3'900.- (Summer School)

CHF 600.- (pour une journée de la Summer School)


• Give competencies to professionals and students in both geomatics and environmental domains • Acquire knowledge for 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 with tools available for biodiversity, ecosystem services or water resources


People involved in environmental domain and its natural capital: biodiversity and ecosystem services, water resources, expert in geographic information society, young graduate, PhD student, experienced professional who wants to upgrade his knowledge and skills, expert and consultant from international organisations 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.


2 modules: • Discovery of scientific knowledge consolidation of environmental geomatics (proposed as a MOOC on Ecosystem Services in Spring 2018) • A block course organised as a Summer School in June 2018 including mandatory and optional (interest-based) courses followed by an integrative end-of-studies work, allowing each participant to tackle a professional issue based on the knowledge acquired during the course.

Mandatory modules: • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems: QGIS • Remote sensing: GRASS + QGIS • Data sharing and Spatial data infrastructure: Geonetwork • Geographic Information Systems on the web: Geoserver + Geocode • Geoprocessing: Python • Geostatistics: R

Optional modules: • Species distribution models: R + QGIS • Hydrological modeling: SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool) • Ecosystem services: InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs).

The flexible course format will allow both professionals and students to fit this programme in their schedules.


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


Dr. Yaniss GUIGOZ, University of Geneva

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 enrollment, 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


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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