Overview : Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (RS-GIS)

Geoinformatics comprising Remote Sensing (RS), Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) provides extremely useful tools for environmental and natural resources management. They are widely recognized as supporting tools for the planning, monitoring, and management of the appropriate utilization of resources at the country, regional and global levels.

While they represent multidisciplinary backgrounds, students in RS&GIS share a common interest, that is, to use remote sensing, GIS, GPS and other space technologies as tools in pursuing their academic work as well as in developing new technologies that are applicable to the region. RS&GIS welcomes students from three other AIT Schools who are interested in attending some subjects that demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of the applications of geoinformatics or space technologies. The basics of geoinformatics or the so-called institute-wide course, was especially designed for such need from other schools.

Because of the complexity of the technologies together with the heavy dependence on advanced computer skills, application specialists need to have a sound knowledge of the theoretical aspects and practical approaches to integrate many resources of information that address different applications. Furthermore, scientists, planners or engineers interested in these technologies should be familiar with past, present and future satellite systems, their appropriate usage, data acquisition and handling and integration with other data sources.

The curriculum well covers the theoretical aspects and application of space technology, especially in Remote Sensing and GIS. It provides students ample time to gain application know-how through laboratory sessions. Students are free to use satellite data received by the NOAA, AVHRR and MODIS Satellite Receiving Stations for their theses or research studies.

The demand for RS&GIS graduates is very high as there is lack of professionals in these disciplines, particularly those with a vast knowledge of the practical utilization of these technologies. Employment opportunities are available in a wide range of areas, including agriculture, forestry, coastal development and management, urban planning and development, medical technology, mapping and planning, disaster mitigation and environmental management.

Employment opportunities are available in a wide range of areas, including agriculture, forestry, coastal development and management, urban planning and development, medical technology, mapping and planning, disaster mitigation and environmental management.

Major areas covered in the coursework are fundamentals of remote sensing and GIS, earth-energy interaction, atmospheric correction, application potential in various disciplines, GIS data sources, map projection, geo-statistics, spatial modeling, automated mapping, digital terrain model, GPS data acquisition, and integration of GIS, remote sensing and GPS.

Programs of Study

Programs leading to the award of AIT's Doctor of Engineering, Doctor of Technical Science, Master of Engineering, Master of Science, diploma and certificate are offered.

Preferred Background

For Master Program:

Undergraduate degree in information, computer, and space related field, civil and infrastructure related fields (regional planning, mapping, cartography surveying, geodesy) earth science environment and natural resources (oceanography, agriculture, forestry, fishery) or social science disciplines with adequate professional experience in a relevant field.

For Doctoral Program:

Master degree in a field relevant to the chosen program of study.

For more info: http://www.rsgis.ait.ac.th/