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Master of Science in Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


The study programme

The Master of Science in Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at the Como Campus is an international master course taught in English for Italian and foreign students.
Its formative contents are organized around two main areas: geomatics and environmental engineering for sustainable development.
The first is more devoted to measuring, monitoring and representing land and environment; the other gives a solid preparation in modelling natural phenomena and territorial processes, for the exploitation of natural resources, especially water resources, to design sustainable exploitation plans.


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This Master of Science course is a natural continuation for students of Politecnico, coming either from Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering or Computer Engineering, wishing to become experts in geomatic and/or in environmental engineering with a particular interest in working with developing countries.
For foreign students, it represents the opportunity of contributing, in their own countries, to the development of geomatic and environmental engineering , both at an advanced as well as at a very practical level by studying in a prestigious University well recognized at an international level.
The curriculum of students coming from outside the Politecnico will be examined individually and the study plan will be negotiated individually.


Learning objectives

The target of the course is to create experts in geomatic and/or in environmental sustainable development, at a high international standard.
The first specialization, which is unique for Italy , aims at creating experts in surveying, monitoring, representing the land shape and the processes taking place on it in terms of information systems.
Therefore the classical items of geodesy, like positioning, by land and satellite observations, gravity field surveying and monitoring, geoid determination etc. are conjugated with modern techniques of earth observations from space, like high resolution imaging, SAR, LiDAR and optical remote sensing observations.


The representation of the results by means of geographic information systems and the different analyses and diagnoses that can be derived from there are also taught with emphasis on advanced methods.
Alternatively, students may emphasize natural resources sustainability issues and develop the ability to formulate them in technical terms, exploit modern computational tools to evaluate their impacts and finally implement the best solutions using up-to-date technologies.
Environmental problems can indeed be tackled by closely coupling management and planning tools that, in a broader perspective, include both local and global arenas, and technical/implementation issues.
The course provides a qualified basis for analysis and resolution of environmental problems from technical, planning and managerial perspectives. Students will increase their understanding of the functioning of ecosystems, learn how to assess the local and global environmental impacts of human activities, and apply advanced methods, techniques and modelling to identify, describe, quantify and solve environmental problems, with a specific attention to water resources systems.