GEM4 Ecosystems & Natural Resources

GEM Joint Master programme

Erasmus+ MSc in geo-information science and Earth observation for environmental modelling and management

Environmental issues dominate the international agenda with urgent action needed to conserve biodiversity, develop and adopt sustainable agricultural practices and reduce and even reverse deforestation. Policymakers have an increasing need for spatial information on environmental and socio-ecological systems to understand rapid changes in ecosystems and the natural resources they provide.

Forestry, protected area monitoring and the environmental health of natural ecosystems is a rapidly growing area where Earth observation and spatial modelling are essential tools.  These tools are clearly demonstrating their importance for quantifying the trends, conditions, and value of natural and managed ecosystems. 

The rapid expansion of open-access Earth observation data, the use of UAVs, novel sensor networks and citizen science all provide a rich source of technology to better monitor and manage natural resources.

Four different tracks for a two-year programme 


Urban-Rural Interactions

Land Use Systems

Ecosystems & Natural Resources

Food Security

Year 1

University of Tartu

University of Tartu

Lund University

Lund University

Year 2

ITC (University of Twente)

UC Louvain 

ITC (University of Twente)

UC Louvain

Discover the GEM universities

ITC (University of Twente)

Lund University

University of Tartu

UC Louvain

ITC (University of Twente): Natural Resource Management

Lund University: Geoinformatics, Remote Sensing & Ecosystem modelling

University of Tartu: Geoinformatics, Remote Sensing & Ecosystem modelling

UC Louvain: Land Management (Land Use Sytems track) / Food Security (Food Security track)

How to apply?

Applying to the GEM programme can be done in just a few steps and is free of cost. Just follow the steps on our application procedure page: Application procedure

The tuition fee and additional costs are to be fully paid in advance to cover the total duration of the course. Applicants can request the facility to pay their total expenses in two equal annual instalments.

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The GEM Master Course was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned tons and made friends from all over the world. I constantly recommend the course, not only because it is an excellent academic opportunity, but also because it is a life-changing opportunity.Read more testimonials

Diana Diaz (Colombia), Project Manager, Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt

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