Geography, Geodesy, Geoinformatics, Geology, Geophysics...
Many scientific disciplines are concerned with the earth ("geo" comes from the Greek word for "earth, land") or aspects of it. Some geosciences have a long tradition, while others have only emerged in recent times and are only now growing in importance.
In the Geoinformation Department of Jade University, three Bachelor courses are available with different degrees of emphasis on geo disciplines.
Geodesy, the "science of the measurement and representation of the Earth" arose from the necessity to divide up land, define plot and property boundaries and document national borders. That’s why land measurement has a long history. However, today geodesy entails a lot more than most people realise. No longer restricted to measuring and representation of the Earth, surveying methods can record and describe almost every object on Earth. State-of-the-art technologies such as power tachymeters, GNSS, laser scanners, laser trackers etc. are used here.
Geoinformatics is comparatively young as an independent discipline. With the development of computer technology and the possibilities it has opened up, it’s only logical to use IT for saving and processing geo-data. The special element here is the spatial dimension of the data, i.e. for each object (WHAT?), a reference to its location (WHERE?) is registered and saved. Geoinformation systems are then used to evaluate the data according to specific aspects. These are special programs that represent e.g. information saved to databases on a digital map. That can then be used to analyse the data, making interconnections clear and providing new knowledge. Geoinformatics specialists design and implement applications based on geoinformation systems. Frequently, these applications also run online and on mobile devices such as smartphones.
Geoinformation and Economics is a new field with a great future. It combines scientific subjects with geoinformation. The focus is on application fields in geoinformation with a strong economic dimension. A key instrument here are geoinformation systems (GIS) that can be used to accomplish a whole range of tasks in companies and organisations. Included in the possible applications are the analysis of customer potentials and catchment areas, location planning for geomarketing, support of development planning, locating and navigating systems and web-based information systems.
Graduates from our Geoinformation department find attractive, exciting jobs in local authorities, energy utilities, telecommunications, software development, independent engineering companies, or manufacturers of surveying and geoinformation systems. The scope ranges from the geo sector to medicine and industry.
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