Geographic Information Systems

Landscape Management
14 ECTS; 2º Ano, Anual, 60,0 T + 120,0 PL


Fundamental computer skills.

The students should understand the nature of geographic information and be able to choose the appropriate methods for processing spatial data. They should also be able to use specific software for the creation of spatial databases.

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Coordinate Systems and Portuguese Cartography
Data Input and Output
Geographic modelling
Geographic Information production techniques
The features of a GIS
Creation and management of a geographic information system
Application Exercises in Quantum GIS and ArcGIS.

Evaluation Methodology
Individual work, analysis of a paper / GIS application - 20%
Practical assignment - 20%
Practical Examination - 30%
Theoretical Examination - 30%
Minimum score of 8/20 in all tests.

- Grancho, N. (2006). Origem e Evolução Recente dos Sistemas de Informação Geográfica em Portugal. Lisboa: Bond Quimera Editores
- Matos, J. (2008). Fundamentos de Informação Geográfica. Lisboa: Lidel

Method of interaction
Practical sessions focused on the resolution of practical exercises and on the use of the Quantum GIS and ArcGIS software.

Software used in class