EGU General Assembly 2023
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Developing methodologies and materials for GIS education to university and high school students

Takashi Oguchi1, Hiroyuki Yamauchi2, Jiali Song1,3, Takuro Ogura1,4, and Kotaro Iizuka1
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  • 1Center for Spatial Information Science, The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan (
  • 2Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan
  • 3Shandong University, Jinan, China
  • 4University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan

Although GIS technologies have been utilized in many fields, including geoscience and geography, obtaining skills in GIS operation is still challenging. Effective GIS operation requires geographical and cartographic knowledge such as the principles of map projection, techniques to use computers and related devices, and expertise in graphic, spreadsheet, and database software. In addition, various recent concepts and technologies, such as AR, VR, UAVs, web mapping, and 3D printing, have been combined with today’s GIS. Therefore, comprehensive GIS education is crucial for fostering scientists with GIS skills.

We have been developing methodologies and materials for GIS education to address this issue. They include 1) online open-source materials for learning how to use GIS software for various applications, 2) web-based online GIS to learn applications of GIS for understanding disaster risks, 3) web pages to learn the basics of Python programming relevant to GIS, and 4) materials for learning the utilization of UAVs, 3D printers, AR, and VR in connection with GIS. This presentation outlines our activities and discusses their implications to provide future perspectives.

In 2022, a subject called General Geography with an emphasis on GIS became compulsory in Japanese senior high schools (10 to 12 grades) due to government educational reform. Because students usually select what to major in universities during high school, attracting high-school students' attention to GIS and related geoscientific and geographical issues is essential for the future development of geoscience and geography. Therefore, the targets of our activities are both university and high school students.

How to cite: Oguchi, T., Yamauchi, H., Song, J., Ogura, T., and Iizuka, K.: Developing methodologies and materials for GIS education to university and high school students, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-4945,, 2023.