GRS-30306 Spatial Modelling and Statistics


Studiepunten 6.00

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Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. S de Bruin
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. A Ligtenberg
dr. ir. S de Bruin
dr. ir. EN Speelman
dr. ir. GBM Heuvelink
Examiner(s)dr. ir. S de Bruin
dr. ir. GBM Heuvelink
dr. ir. A Ligtenberg

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Basic geo-information concepts and methods (for example GRS-10306 Introduction Geo-information Science); Basic statistics (for example MAT-14303 Basic Statistics; MAT-20306 Advanced Statistics.
Contents of chapters 3 (Data description) ,4 (Probability and probability distributions) and 11 (Linear regression and correlation) of the book 'An Introduction to Statistical Methods and Data Analysis' (Ott & Longnecker, 20xx; ISBN: 9780495109143 (edition 6) or 9781305269477 (edition 7)).

Continuation courses:

SGL-thesis, GRS-thesis (e.g. GRS-80436 MSc Thesis Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing)


Models of spatial processes are important means to support decision making. Such a model, however, is merely a formal and geo-referenced representation of a mental construction about the real world. This course offers knowledge and skills to qualify and implement spatial models and evaluate their results. The course consists of three modules: the first module provides an overview of spatial models and allows students to practice with a cellular automata-based model. The second part is about geo-statistics and includes practicals to generate spatial model input using a set of observations. The third module concerns the propagation of input uncertainty through spatial models. A central case study based on a flood model is used as a connecting link throughout the course.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain commonly used dynamic spatial modelling methods and techniques;
- construct a simple dynamic spatial model using Netlogo for a given spatial problem and data set;
- investigate the spatial correlation structure of a data set using semivariogram analysis;
- apply geo-statistical interpolation and spatial stochastic simulation methods;
- construct a stochastic error model to represent uncertainty in spatial data; 
- apply fist order Taylor series and Monte Carlo methods for analysing propagation of input uncertainty through spatial models.


- the topics are introduced in lectures and by studying a reader;
- practicals consist of step by step exercises related to each of the topics introduced in the modules, followed by more independent work on the central case study;
- software tools to be used include Netlogo and R (particularly the gstat package).


- individual essay spatial modelling (15%);
- individual assignment uncertainty propagation; students are allowed to work in couples on this assignment (15%);
- an individual closed book written exam with open questions (70%);
A pass can only be obtained if the minimum grade for each individual item (spatial modelling, uncertainty propagation, closed book exam) is a 5.0. The overall minimum grade (weighted average grade) for a pass is 5.5.
The course guide gives details on the assessment procedure. 


The reader and practical instructions are provided via Brightspace.

Keuze voor: MBEBiosystems EngineeringMSc5MO
MGIGeo-Information ScienceMSc5MO