Department of Forest Management and Applied Geoinformatics

Concise characteristics

Department of Geoinformation Technologies has been founded in 1921 as Department of Surveying that constituted a part of Forestry branch of University of Agriculture that has been established in 1919. The Department links up to the work of its promoter, prof. Alois Tichy, a recognized authority in agriculture and forest surveying and a pioneer in a forest photogrammetry. At present the Department consists of two sections Surveying and Geoinformatics.

Teaching and research are focused on geospatial data acquiring and processing. Courses provided: Surveying and land records, Geographic information systems, Remote sensing, Digital cartography, Analogue and digital photogrammetry, Digital terrain model and its applications, Landed property projects, Aerial and spatial photography interpretation, Digital processing of remotely sensed data, Analysis and decision support in GIS, Geoengineering methods, etc. Teaching is carried out at three faculties of Mendel University - Faculty of Forestry and Wood technology, Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Horticulture. Practical exercises are realised both in the field and in computer labs.

A specialised lecture-room, a 21-seat computer lab, a 6-set lab on Geoinformatics and a specialised library are situated at the Department. Most important software packages consist of Idrisi Andes (Clark Labs), ArcGIS (ESRI), ERDAS Imagine (Leica Geosystems), Topol (Topol Software Ltd.), Kokes (GEPRO Ltd.), Atlas (Atlas Ltd.), eCognition (Definiens Imaging), Geomatica (PCI Geomatics), GPS Pathfinder Office (Trimble) and others.

IDRISI Resource Center of Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, (http://www.clarklabs.org/) has been located at the Department since 1997. Idrisi centers make available basic information on IDRISI, offer training in IDRISI, host IDRISI User Meetings, and represent Clark Labs at local conferences.