SGL-30306 Inventory Techniques for Geosciences


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical extensively supervised18
Practical intensively supervised30
Problem-based learning10
Field Practical10
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. JJ Stoorvogel
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. JJ Stoorvogel
dr. ir. CR Stoof
Examiner(s)dr. ir. JJ Stoorvogel

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

GRS-10306 Introduction Geo-information Science; Basic knowledge on environmental science.


To understand the complex nature of landscapes we rely on existing data and advanced survey techniques. The data form the basis for analytical studies of the relations, interactions and feedbacks in these systems. Insight in the patterns, processes and interactions can be formalized in (conceptual) models. These models can either be used to improve future surveys, but they can also be used to answer specific questions. This course deals with the specific elements of 1) survey design and techniques, 2) the use of legacy and auxiliary data, 3) soil and landscape interactions, 4) the temporal dynamics.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to:
- develop efficient sampling strategies and select optimal sampling techniques;
- understand how other sources of information can be used to support field surveys;
- understand how (mechanistic) insights in geosciences can help to design and effectuate surveys;
- use various tools (e.g. GIS, geo-statistics, aerial photography, modelling) for i) the planning and execution of natural resource inventory, and ii) the analysis of natural resource data;
- translate insight in complex landscape systems in basic (conceptual) models.


The course is a combination of lectures (in which the theory will be explained), computer practical's and field exercises (in which the theory is put into practice), and problem-oriented exercises (to see the value of the various techniques and to illustrate how questions can drive the choice of specific inventory techniques).


- presence and participation is compulsory;
- examination is based on weekly tests (including essays and presentations 40%);
- final exam (60%).


The lecture notes: "Inventory techniques for geosciences" will be used. These notes are available at the WUR-shop.

Restricted Optional for: MEEEarth and EnvironmentMSc2AF
MGIGeo-Information ScienceMSc2AF