Jayanta Kumar Ghosh, the professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in the Department of Civil Engineering was recently awarded the Lifetime achievement award for his work in the field of GIS. Ghosh was conferred with Excellence in National Geospatial Award for Excellence – 2017 at the Space Application Centre in Ahmedabad. The Award was conferred by The Indian Society for Remote Sensing and it included Rs.1 lakh, a citation, and a medal. 

GIS can be of great use to students not only in geography but also mathematics, environmental studies and many more. The GIS helps students to think based on real data. Students today are visual learners and GIS enables them to learn various subjects with the help of geospatial science. As per a recent study Geo technologies, biotechnologies, and nanotechnologies are the three skills that are key in the job markets of the 21st century as identified by the US Department of Labor.

Massive open online courses and other e-learning formats have definitely played a vital role in education more and more people about geospatial technologies and helped in problem- based learning. It is also helping to introduce GIS programs in universities and technical colleges. GIS is also playing a vital role in Health, Business, and Data Science programs. GIS tools help students in acquiring geographical data and analyze it.  Other than the initiatives to introduce geospatial sciences at the K-12 education programs, initiatives are also being made to introduce it at the undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. programs.

 

GIS can be of great use in the classrooms. It can be used to visualize historical events and natural changes. GIS can help explain the natural phenomena like earthquakes, volcanoes and their impact on human, and animal habitation to students. Students can learn demography with the help of GIS and use mathematics for the same. GIS can be used by students to study science so that they can explore and better understand the epidemic diseases and the spread of these illnesses.

 

While GIS can be put to use in the education system, it is also important for the government to commit to the designing of the curriculum and enhance spatial literacy. Training teachers and other educational providers about GIS. Research programs need to be developed to understand the usage of GIS in academics across all levels of education.

 

Geographic investigations help students to investigate deeper into various sectors ranging from agriculture to business. While it helps to analyze the relationship between altitude, climate, latitude, and the suitability of a particular agricultural crop. It also is useful in making business decisions to understand the spatial relationship between the customer, supplier and the businessman which thereby improves the profit margins.  

 

The Geographical information system is the study of geographical data. The studying of geological features, assessment of seismic data, and the creation of a 3dimensional display of geographical features can be called GIS. The GIS helps to better understand the spatial patterns. The remote sensing applications work similar to the graphics software. However, they also enable the generation of data from satellite and other airborne sensors.

 

While GPS uses data from the satellites that orbit Earth, GIS uses the information collected by GPS satellites. Uber, WHO, and Starbucks are some of the companies that heavily rely on geospatial data. IRS or the Indian Remote Sensing satellite system was launched in 1988. There are about 11 operational satellites for civilian use and the two types of remote sensing are Active and passive remote sensing. Remote sensing helps collect information over large spatial areas.

 

While the GIS or geospatial science was earlier looked into with a more scientific approach, there has been a change of scene in the recent years and it has been considered as a useful study for the analysis of geographical data in various sectors. Usage of geospatial science in the education system is gaining its tempo and a lot of changes in that direction can be anticipated in the coming days. 

 

 

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