|Course title||Geointelligence for Natural Resource Evaluation and Sustainable Management|
|Course address||60 boulevard Saint-Michel, 75272 Paris Cedex 06|
|Minimum year of study||4th year|
|Minimum level of English||Fair|
|Minimum level of French||None|
|Professor responsible||Thierry ROUSSELIN, MinesParisTech|
|Participating professors||Experts adressing their view of the Use Case|
|Number of places||Minimum: 35, Maximum: 50, Reserved for local students: 0|
|Objectives||This course provides an introduction to the problems of knowledge extraction and multi-criterion decisions based on available Information : satellite imagery, digital maps and open sources on the net (with an emphasis on data gathered with virtual globes : Google Earth, …). It is particularly focused on practical applications to the sustainable management of renewable natural resources and their political, environmental and economic evaluation (oil & gas and mining investments, water resources, agri-business and environmental problems).
Based on a real Oil & Gas case in Central Africa with strong political, economic, humanitarian and environmental issues, the course offers a mix of teaching sessions (offering basics on the various techniques involved), use of real project documentation allowing to have the view of all actors (petroleum geologist, cartographer, geographer, journalist, banker, lender, environmental risk expert, NGO representative…) and stakeholders from different continents (Africa, US, China, Europe) and labs (practical) including hands-on initiation to remote sensing, environmental accounting and multicriteria mediated decisions.
In 2018, the course will be dedicated to the situation of Chad in a context of low oil prices (with associated very low revenues), difficult relation with China and Chinese oil companies (which have their own difficulties), Glencore problems (main lender of Chadian government), unsolved political crises (Boko Haram, Central African Republic, Sudan), aging leadership (local turmoil following difficult 2016 presidential election and economic crisis) and recent environmental problems in Chinese Oil Developments in Chad. Students will assess possible sustainable development scenarios in such a complex context.
The course is given in English.
|Programme to be followed||
|Prerequisites||Previous knowledge of statistical decision analysis and basic project economics is appreciated but not required. Previous knowledge of Google Earth is appreciated but not required. Genuine interest for global economy and its effect on developing countries in mandatory|
|Course exam||The students are offered a 3 weeks period for finalizing the writing of a short report based on the practical sessions. Notation will be based on course participation, report content and level of understanding of the subject.|