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Geoinformatic Unit


The development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in recent years has been able to provide an information system that can store, manage, manipulate, analyze and display spatially related data in an efficient and timely manner. GIS technology is now set to become the critical tool to resource analysis and policy formulation.

It can provide a framework for integrating large amount of data from various sources and time periods useful for various applications such as EIA, land management, natural resources management, urban and regional planning, ecology and demography, trade and market analysis, transportation, forestry, agriculture, property tax, real estate management and social facilities planning and provision.


1. Laboratories

  • Spatial Analysis and Geographic Information Labs
  • Computer Labs
  • Physical Geography Labs
  • Cartography and Photogrammetry Labs

2. Equipment

  • Software: Arc/Info GIS Software (Workstation and PC), ArcView GIS (PC), IDRIS for Windows, ERDAS pc Image Processing System, Dragon Image Processing System, SPANS GIS Software, Photo GIS.
  • Computing: SUN Workstation, Micro-computer (PC Pentium Class)
  • Calcomp Digitizer
  • Scanner: HP Scanjet Scanner, Wide Format Scanner (Chroma Tx 40)
  • Plotter: Roland 8-pen plotter, HP DraftPro Plotter
  • Printer: HP PaintJet XL Printer, HP LaserJet 4 Printer, HP DesignJet 750 C, HP DesignJet 650 C
  • Trimble GPS


1. GIS and Remote Sensing User Services

  • Feasibility Evaluation
  • User Requirement Study
  • System Design
  • Application Development
  • Data Acquisition
  • Data Conversion
  • System Evaluation and Benchmarking
  • GIS Implementation
  • Sectoral Studies
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Economic and industrial development
  • Trade and market analysis
  • Environmental impact assessment (EIA)
  • Natural resource management and utilization
  • Demography and human resources
  • Agriculture and forestry
  • Recreation and tourism
  • Water resources management
  • Environmental management planning.

2. Professional Training Courses

  • Continuing Education Courses

    - Fundamental of GIS

    - GIS Design and Implementation

    - Spatial Modeling using GIS

    - Remote Sensing Data Analysis

    - GIS and Remote Sensing for Hydrological Studies

    - Business Geographics: The Applications of GIS for Business and Services Planning
  • Customised training courses can be designed and arranged in any of the above

3. Education

  • Masters and Doctor of Philosophy


Penang GIS (PEGIS)
Board of Surveyor
Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister Department
Kelantan State Economic Planning Unit
Town and Country Planning Department
Tenaga Nasional Berhad.
Penang State Government
Minister of Health
Sarawak Government
Penang Water Authority


Professor Ruslan Rainis (Geographic Information System; Remote Sensing; Urban Planning; Business Geographics, EIA)


Professor Chan Ngai Weng (Hydroclimatology; Hazard and Environmental Management)

Professor Morshidi Sirat (Regional Development Planning; Urban Development)

Associate Professor Hj Hassan Naziri Khalid (ASEAN; Natural Resources Management)

Associate Professor Norizan bin Hj Md Nor (Regional and Urban Planning)

Associate Professor Hjh. Suriati bte. Ghazali (Rural Development; Settlement Planning)

Associate Professor Usman Hj Yaakob (Population Geography; Demography; Human Resources)

Professor Wan Ruslan Ismail (Hydrology; Water Resources)

Associate Professor Narimah Samat (Landuse; Remote Sensing; Geographic Information System)

Dr Anisah Lee Abdullah (Environmental Remote Sensing; Integrated Coastal Zone Management; Coral Reef Studies)

Associate Professor Tarmiji Masron (Geographic Information System (GIS), GIS for Humanities and Social Science and Land Use Analysis)

Dr. Zullyadini bin A. Rahaman (Catchment Hydrology, Geomorphology, Soil Erosion, Physical Geography, Hydrological Modelling)

Dr. Jabil MapJabil (Geography of Tourism; Environmental Management (Coastal Tourism)]

En. Aziz bin Abdul Majid (Tropical Agriculture; Computer Applications)

Dr. Nooriah Yusof (Water Resources; Hydrology and Flood Hazard Management; Climatology)

Pn. Noresah Mohd Shariff (Urban and Regional Planning; GIS; Remote Sensing)


Sarina Mohamad Idris (Technical Assistant)

Chong Woei Weng (Physical Lab Technician)

Mohd Khalid Awang (Cartographer)

The GeoData program also engages various experts in areas closely related to GIS such as Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Studies, Biology, Industrial Technology, Civil Engineering, and Marine and Coastal Studies.

Selected Research and Consultancy Projects

1. Digitising of Cadastral Maps.

2. Penang GIS (PEGIS) Pilot Project

3. EIA for Phase II Kerteh New Town, Terengganu.

4. EIA for the Proposed Reclamation, Kuala Perlis.

5. Spatial Strategic Planning in Malaysia.

6. Feasibility Study on the Establishment of Rural Growth Centres in Sarawak.

7. Corridor Selection and Preliminary Environmental Impact Studies ofthe Proposed 500Kv Transmission Lines from Lumut to Bukit Kayu Hitam.

8. GIS for Penang Hill Local Development Plan.

9. Lojing (Kelantan) New Town Selection Studies.

10. Geographic Information System (GIS) in the Planning and Provision of Health Care Services.

11. Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing in Modeling Urban Landuse Changes.

12. The Effects of GIS Alogrithms on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

13. Geographical Information System (GIS) in the Management and Planning of Rubber Small-Holding.

14. The Use of Geographical Information System (GIS) in Studying Consumer Travel Patterns.

15. Landuse and Soil Erosion Studies for the Proposed International College at Bukit Jambul.

16. North-South Growth Zone Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia).

17. Technology Transfer in Palm Oil Industry.

18. Transfer of Technology in the Industrial Sector in Malaysia.

19. The Role of Trade in Development: the Case of ASEAN-5.

20. Attitudes, Images, and Peripheral Industrialisation: A Case Study of Penang and Kedah.

21. Detecting Illegal Logging using Remote Sensing.

22. The Impact of Urbanisation and Hill-land Clearance on Hydrology and Sedimentation in Penang.

23. Direct Foreign Investment and Industrial Networking in the Asean Region.

24. Malaysia's Manufacturing Corridor: Industrial Transformation and Foreign Direct Investment in the Centre, North and South Sub-regions of Malaysia.

25. The Formation of Local Skills Networking: Research on Electronic and Electrical Industry in Penang.

26. Integrated Costal Zone management

27. Penang Conservation Strategy

28. GIS-based Land Inventory System for Majlis Agama Islam Pulau Pinang


Please direct all enquiries to:

Geoinformatic Unit
Geography Section
School of Humanities
Universiti Sains Malaysia
11800 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: (604) 6577888 ext. 2875/3375
Fax: (604) 6563707
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