Beginning with the academic year 2005-2006, the Department of Geography at the University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Greece, runs a new Postgraduate Studies Programme (PSP) on Geography and Applied Geo-Informatics.
The PSP awards:
- Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Geography and Applied Geo-Informatics , with the following orientations:
- I. Applied Geo-Informatics in Human Geography and Spatial Analysis; and
- II. Applied Geo-Informatics in Environmental and Risk Management.
- Ph.D. degree in Geography for a broad spectrum of individual faculty's research subject areas.
The emphasis of the new PSP is on the application of the methods of Geo-Informatics to the study of a variety of natural and social phenomena. Geo-Informatics develops and utilises Information Technologies to collect, manage, analyse, model and visualise spatial and temporal data, thus supporting the description and interpretation of geographical phenomena, as well as the decision-making for problems that originate from them. Such methods allow specialists from a variety of disciplines to be involved in the analysis of spatial relations among environmental, socio-economic and other factors in a more effective way than traditional methods and techniques.
Applications of Geo-Informatics include:
- Environmental Management (Earth, atmosphere, sea, ecosystems);
- Risk Management (wildland fires, extreme weather phenomena, earthquakes);
- Study of Climate Change, management and analysis of climatic and meteorological data;
- Study of spatio-temporal social and economic phenomena (poverty, income disparities, migration, population mobility, crime, social deprivation and social exclusion);
- Regional, spatial and urban planning as well as urban and regional policy;
- Planning and management of innovative and technological development;
- Management and planning of rural areas, tourism development, transportation and communication networks, cultural heritage;
- Location of manufacturing, commerce, public and private agencies;
- Geopolitical relations, crises management, regional and local tensions, problems with borders;
- Medical Geography;
- Study of landscape.