GSP2200EN - GNSS in the Geosciences

Course description

This course is an introduction to the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and its applications in the geosciences. It will deal with the history, development, drawbacks, and applications of GNSS. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of GNSS in climate monitoring, environmental pollution, precision agriculture, and disaster management.

How this course benefits students

In an era when we see GPS-enabled and location-enabled information everywhere, it is important for students to understand the many roles of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and appreciate how God's wisdom went into inspiring such technologies, as well as how they can be used in furthering the gospel.

Why this course is important

From being developed as a military tool, GNSS satellites have become critical in peacetime missions from environmental monitoring to disaster management. Because many of the peacetime applications of GNSS work in tandem with the ecological mission of the Gospel, it is necessary to understand how they are instrumental in facilitating the work of God.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Geospatial Studies
Educational level
Natural Sciences Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course conforms to the Biblical affirmation in Genesis wherein God gave man dominion over the Earth and all living things.

Missionally driven

GNSS technology is essential to the ecological and humanitarian aspects of missional work, including environmental monitoring and disaster management.

Contextually informed

Students become familiar with ideas related to how GNSS plays a critical role in the humanitarian context of missional work.

Interculturally focused

This course combines GNSS applications and the human context of humanitarian mission and delves into the dynamics at work between culture and geography.

Practically minded

Students leave the course with an understanding of the practical and logistical roles of GNSS and its many applications.

Experientially transformed

With an understanding of GNSS, students become effective decision makers and informed leaders in their missional roles.