Remote Sensing and Landscape Analysis


a) To know the concepts and perceptions of landscape, as well as the ecological perspective of landscape;
b) To know landscape structure: patches, corridors and matrix, as well as their general structure;
c) To understand landscape dynamics, in terms of natural processes, human action, function and change;
d) To be able to apply algorithms of digital processing of remotely sensed images to obtain data on landscape and its units;
e) To be able to analyse quantitatively landscape from geographical data obtained from of digital processing of remotely sensed images.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

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Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

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Teaching language





Klopatek, J. M. & Gardner, R. H. (Ed.) (1990). Landscape Ecological Analysis: Issues and Applications. Nova York: Springer-Verlag.
Fronh, R. C. (1998). Remote Sensing for Landscape Ecology. Nova York: Lewis Publishers.
Forman, R. & Godron, M. (1986). Landscape Ecology. Nova York: John Wiley & Sons.
Forman, R. (1995). Land Mosaics – The Ecology of Landscapes and Regions.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Turner, M. G. & Gardner, R .H. (1991). Quantitative Methods in Landscape Ecology. Ecological Studies, 82.

Teaching method

Teacher – student dialogue centred on the explanation and critical analysis of the concepts.

Evaluation method

Development of a practical work, using classified landscapes and further quantification of their structure. [100%]

Subject matter

1.1) Landscape perceptions
1.2) Landscape from an ecological perspective
1.3) Concepts and principles of landscape ecology
2) Landscape structure
2.1) Patches
2.2) Corridors
2.3) Matrix and networks
2.4) General structure
3) Landscape dynamics
3.1) Natural processes in landscape development
3.2) The role of human activity in landscape development
3.3) Fluxes between adjacent elements in the landscape
4) Quantitative methods in Landscape Ecology
4.1) Landscape composition
4.2) Landscape configuration
4.3) Landscape metrics
5) Remote sensing and Landscape Ecology
5.1) Land use – land cover, landscape units
5.2) Potential problems of using metrics with remotely sensed data
5.3) Metrics sensitivity to changes in spatial and temporal scale.