Geospatial Intelligence


On successful completion of the course students are expected to be able to (i.e. learning outcomes):

  • Describe the core geospatial intelligence needs related to surveillance, targeting and navigation;

  • Develop appropriate strategies, methodologies and geographic information management tools, to analyze questions raised when using GEOINT information;

  • Model, monitor, and simulate geographic, strategic, military, demographic, and environmental phenomena in diverse analysis contexts;

  • Use methodologies, exploration and analysis tools to reduce the levels of uncertainty related to geographical nature problems resolution;

  • Design and develop information systems and technologies that meet the needs of geographic information within an organizational context;

  • Design and implement strategies for capturing or sourcing geospatial data and corresponding metadata;

  • Critically evaluate potential impacts of data quality on spatial analysis and decision making within an organizational context;

  • Be acquainted with the theory and protocols involved in interpreting radar, infrared and multispectral imagery, and full motion video as well as legacy maps, digital geospatial datasets, and relatively new data sources (i.e. geosensor systems, social media feeds);

  • Develop critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills;

  • Prepare and present GEOINT reports tailored to a variety of human security applications (defense, security, civil proteccion, etc.)

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Marco Octávio Trindade Painho


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

Portuguese. If there are Erasmus students, classes will be taught in English


Specific GeoINT certification prerequisites

  • GIS software knowledge.

Specific GeoINT certification requisites

  • C&SIG;

  • GIS Modelling;

  • Remote Sensing;

  • Geospatial Intelligence.



Heuer, R.J. (1999) Psychology of Intelligence Analysis. Washington, D.C., Center for the Study of Intelligence (available
; Lowenthal, M.M. (2015) Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy (6th Edition). Washington, DC, CQ Press
; NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Office of Geospatial-Intelligence Management (2006) National System for Geospatial Intelligence: Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Basic Doctrine. Washington, DC, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Publication No. 1-0 (available at
; NRC (National Research Council) (2007) Successful Response Starts with a Map: Improving Geospatial Support for Disaster Management. Washington, DC, National Academies Press (available at
; Tuathail, G.O., Dalby, S., and Routledge, P. (2003). The Geopolitics Reader (2nd Edition). London, Routledge (available at

Teaching method

  • E-learning component:
            - Synchronous tools - synchronous sessions - Instructor / Class; Video conference - Instructor / Student; self-evaluation; Final exam
            - Assynchronous tools - discussion forum. acess to platform resources.
  • Contact component:
            - Presentation and discussion of a final project

Evaluation method

  • Online Test (20%)
  • Project (80%): the problem has to be defined by the students.

Subject matter

  1. Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) context;

  2. Geospatial building blocks;

  3. GEOINT Analysis;

  4. GEOINT Products and Communication;

  5. Emerging GEOINT Technologies and Techniques.