Geographical Information Systems

CMM21 Elective Course 6 ECTS
Period -
Instructor Astrid Fehling


Introduction to the concepts, principles, approaches, and issues associated with Geographical Information Systems. No previous exposure to GIS is necessary. The course will provide the student with an understanding of the basic concepts of GIS and its role as a data management tool in coastal zone management. It will provide students with an understanding of the techniques of GIS data and spatial analysis. The course is divided between lectures and laboratories and an emphasis is placed on practical experience using GIS software (QGIS).


On completing this course the student will have:

  • An awareness of the main sources of spatially referenced data
  • Skills and practical experience in handling spatially referenced data
  • A knowledge of GIS data, data models and spatial databases
  • An appreciation of issues relating to data quality in GIS
  • An awareness of how GIS is used in coastal zone management


Exam and practical labs


Astrid Fehling is from Hamburg, Germany. She came to Iceland in 2010 as a part time student of the CMM masters program at the University Centre. Always wanting to live so close to the sea, she has stayed in Ísafjörður since. Astrid holds a bachelor's degree in Geography (University of Bremen, Germany) and a master's degree in Environmental Management from the University of Kiel, Germany. She is teaching the annual 3-weeks introduction course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as well as a weeklong course on ecolabeling schemes related to coastal and marine management. Since January 2018 Astrid is a project manager at UW, managing the Development Fund for Immigration Issues, recruiting and organizing host families for the SIT program, organizing the Icelandic language summer courses, and more.