Geographic Information Systems


It is intended that students are able to create, integrate and analyze geographic data in order to extract useful information for carrying out studies in the field of life sciences, namely, the evaluation and management of bio-resources.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria da Graça Azevedo de Brito, Maria Margarida Boavida Pontes Gonçalves


Weekly - 4

Total - 76

Teaching language



Not aplicable.


1 - João Matos. Fundamentos de Informação Geográfica. Geomática-Lidel, 2001.

2. Peter A. Burrough and Rachel A. McDonnell. Principles of Geographical Information Systems.Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2nd edition, 1998.

3. Stan Aronoff. Geographic Information Systems: a Management Perspective. WDL Publications. 1991.

4. Arthur H. Robinson. Elements of Cartography. John Wiley & Sons Inc. 1995.

Teaching method

Theoretical-practical weekly classes, not face-to-face, with 1 hour of theoretical component, 2 hours of theoretical practical component and 1 hour practical. The theoretical component consists of the presentation of concepts and theoretical foundations of GIS through slides, to be complemented with material from theoretical sheets made available to students and recommended bibliography. The theoretical-practical and practical component consists of carrying out, assisted by the teacher, two projects in the area of ​​earth sciences / geographic information planning and management, where the theoretical contents presented are applied and new applications explored through optional exercises to be developed. online, in autonomy.

Evaluation method

Continuous assessment, with 2 theoretical-practical tests (50% of the final grade) and a practical component (50% of the final grade), corresponding to (optional): (i) individual or group delivery of 2 students, of a report of the 2 projects carried out in the practical / theoretical-practical classes or; (ii) individual delivery of ESRI exercise certificates proposed by the teacher, and performed independently by the students.

To obtain frequency, students must attend at least 2/3 of the classes, that is, 8 classes.

Subject matter

The UC encloses the learning of  geographic information concepts and techniques in order to manage geographic thematic data, including the data acquisition, editing and analysis, using ArcGis online and ArcGis PRO GIS softwares. The practical component include the development os two GIS projects within the scope of Earth Sciences and a set of 10 optional practical exercises, made available online by ESRI.


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