Cartographic Sciences


Understand the fundamental concepts and techniques of geodesy (Earth geometric models, geodetic reference systems and vertical/horizontal coordinates). To know the fundamental techniques used in topography (determining angles and distances, levelling operations, positioning), Photogrammetry; Global Position Systems; Laser Scanning. Understand the fundamental theoretical concepts of cartography (map conceptualization and map projections), coordinate transformation and geographical information quality and standards.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Luísa Maria da Silva Gonçalves


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

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


Don´t have


Gaspar, Joaquim (2005). Cartas e Projecções Cartográficas, 3ª ed. Lidel Edições Técnicas, Lisboa ;

Gonçalves, José (2012). Topografia Conceitos e Aplicações, 3ª Edição. Lidel Edições Técnicas, Lisboa;

Casaca, João et. al. (2005). Topografia Geral, 4ª ed. Lidel Edições Técnicas, Lisboa ;

Robinson, A., Morrisson, J., Muehrcke, P., Kimerling, A. E Guptill, S. (1995). Elements of Cartography, sixth edition. John Wiley & Sons, New York;

Class notes available on the internet course homepage

Teaching method

The curricular unit is based on theoretical and pratical synchronous sessions (e-learning). The theoretical and pratical sessions include presentation of concepts and resolution of exercises.The learning is done through exercises, some of them compulsory. There is a final project oriented by the professor, which topic is select by the student according to their individual/professional experiences.

Evaluation method

Progression Tests (PT) (10%) Final Exam (FE) (30%) 

Final project (FP) (60%) 

Final mark = PT x 0,10 + FE x 0,3 + FP x 0,60 >=10 (min FE>= 8,0 points; min FP>= 9,5 points )

Subject matter

Module 1 - Elements of geodesy


     Earth models

     Coordinates systems

     Geodetic and altimetry references

Module 2 - Elements of topography and Photogrammetry


     Topographic methods


    Other Techniques

Module 3 - Elements of Cartography


     Knowing maps

     Understanding maps

     Map projections

Module 4 - Sources, transformations and data quality

     Referencing systems

     Coordinates transformation

     Quality of geographic information