Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis


a) To dominate the specific vocabulary of Science and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
b) To understand the fundamentals of geographic information
c) To know the national market of geographic information
d) To understand the fundamentals of planning and management of GIS projects
e) To explore data structures for analyzing spatial problems
f) To develop spatial analysis methodologies
g) To apply spatial analysis processes in technological platforms

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rui Pedro de Sousa Pereira Monteiro Julião


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language



Not applicable


Burrough, P. & Mcdonnell, R. (1998). Principles of Geographical Information Systems (2nd ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford Univ Press.
Julião, R.P. (2001). Tecnologias de Informação Geográfica e Ciência Regional: Contributos Metodológicos para a Definição de Modelos de Apoio à Decisão em Desenvolvimento Regional. Lisboa: UNL.
Longley, P., Goodchild, M., Maguire, D. & Rhind, D. (2005). Geographical Information Systems and Science (2nd ed.). Nova Iorque, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
Matos, J.L. (2008). Fundamentos de Informação Geográfica (5ª ed.). Lisboa: LIDEL.
Tomlinson, R. (2013). Thinking About GIS: Geographic Information System Planning for Managers (5th ed.). Redlands, CA: ESRI Press.

Teaching method

Teaching is done through expositive and participative classes, including exploitation of texts, presentations, handling technological platforms and group work.

Evaluation method

participation in a work group with report(65%), reading a set of selected texts, whose contents, together with the material of classes (theoretical and practical), shall be assessed through a presentation with paper(35%)

Subject matter

1) Introduction
1.1) Concepts and definitions
1.2) Examples of spatial analysis processes
2) The national market of geographic information
2.1) The National Spatial Data Infrastructure
2.2) Public institutions
2.3) Private companies
3) Planning and management of GIS projects
3.1) Organizations
3.2) Strategic thinking tools
3.3) Project analysis and planning
3.4) Project implementation and management
4) Principles of spatial analysis in GIS
4.1) Geographic modeling
4.2) Vector analysis
4.3) Raster analysis
5) Project