(Formerly INSC 495 Special Topics)
The role of information technology and best practices for data management in the context of environmental science. The nature of the scientific method and research, emphasizing techniques for informing scientific research. How data quality and access affect environmental decision making, policy creation, and large-scale problem solving, such as for climate change or environmental disasters. Concepts include data collection, management, and sharing; the data life cycle; environmental modeling and data visualization; metadata creation; big data, citizen science.