Geo-information science and earth observation (GEO) is all about collecting, processing, analysing, visualizing and organizing data representing the location, size and shape of objects on our planet. This data is generally referred to as spatial information. Geo-information science allows for this generally complex data to be presented and organized in highly accessible forms (such as apps for smart phones and other mobile devices, spatial data infrastructures, maps), making the underlying story that much easier to tell and sell.
In today’s world spatial information is everywhere. Providing ever more detailed impressions of reality, it is put to good use by developers of popular applications such as Google Maps and car navigation systems. Moreover, spatial information is the key to solving complex issues that may involve, e.g.:
- improving agricultural practices to advance the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in poor countries
- making land rights mapping faster, cheaper, easier, and more responsible
- helping the world by improving water safety and security
- establishing an effective urban search-and-rescue operations framework
- promoting development, exploration and utilization of geothermal energy sources
- providing a basic safety net to protect smallholder farmers from weather related perils
- promoting efficiency and equity in agro-good trade
- helping to achieve sustainable social housing and inclusive urban communities
ITC Master’s programme in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (M-GEO) will provide you with the knowledge and tools required for working with spatial information in any of the fields outlined above − and more.
Our curriculum integrates two fields vital to geo-information science and earth observation: remote sensing (RS) and geographic information systems (GIS). Remote sensing involves the collection and analysis of scientific data at, above or below the earth’s surface without coming into physical contact with them. Geographic information systems are then used to analyse, visualize and organize the data collected by remote sensing.
As a student you will have the following specializations to choose from.
In addition you can also define your own free specialization.
Upon successful completion of this programme you are entitled to the degree Master of Science. You will receive an (Academic Education) Diploma in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation from the University of Twente.
Along with your diploma you will receive a Diploma Supplement, providing the name of the specialization, the description of the nature, level, context, and status of the study completed