Geographic Information Systems and Coastal Planning


a) To raise awareness of the coastal zone complexity and the emerging conflicts of its usage;
b) To deepen the knowledge about tools, scientific and technical processes that support the preparation, execution and management of studies and projects in remote sensing and geographic information systems, oriented towards the resolution of spatial problems;
c) to develop the knowledge about geographic data acquisition, integration, exploration and spatial analysis, applied to coastal zone planning;
d) To develop the ability to create and evaluate coastal zone planning proposals;
e) To develop Geographical Information Systems (GIS) solutions in order to model human pressure phenomena over coastal areas;
f) To develop skills to promote autonomous learning and usage of remote sensing and GIS software applied to coastal areas.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Carlos Manuel Prudente Pereira da Silva


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 280

Teaching language



Non applicable


BARRAGAN, J.M. (2014). Política, Gestión y Litoral. Una nueva vision de la Gestion Integrada de Áreas Litorales. Madrid: Editorial Tébar Flores.
BARTLETT, D SMITH, J. (editors). (2004) GIS for Coastal Zone Management, Londres, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis.
BOTERO, C., CERVANTES, O., and FINKL, C. (2018) Beach management tools: concepts, methodologies, and case studies. Springer International Publishing, (960p) ISBN 9783319583037
GREEN, D., KING, S. (editors) (2003) Coastal and Marine Geo-Information Systems: Applying the Technology to the Environment (Coastal Systems & Continental Margins S.). Londres, Kluwer Academic Publishers.
WILLIAMS, A.T. e MICALEFF, A. (2009) Beach management: principles and practice. London : Earthscan, Ebook (xxxiv, 435 p.) ISBN 9781844074358

Teaching method

Expositive and participative classes (debate); group work; study visits; and laboratory classes.

Evaluation method

Development of an applied project(80%), Preparation of a individual essay or a review of an article(20%)

Subject matter

1) Spatial planning and management of coastal areas
1.1. Definition of coastal area
1.2. Particularities of coastal areas
1.3. Problems and potentialities of coastal areas
1.4. Management of coastal areas
2) Tools for spatial planning and management of coastal areas in Portugal
2.1. Water Public Domain
2.2. Coastal Zone Spatial Plans
2.3. Watershed Plans
2.4. Oceans Strategy
2.5. National Programme of Spacial Planning Policy
3) GIS for spatial planning and management of coastal areas
3.1. Coastal area delimitation
3.2. Human Pressure indicators
3.3. Sensitive areas definition
3.4. Models for natural and socioeconomic phenomena
3.5. Beach classification, parking lot determination and carrying capacity
4) Digital cartography production for spatial planning of coastal areas
4.1. Constraints maps
4.2. Beach plans