Geographical Information Systems and Modelling


The curricular unit (UC) of GIS Modeling aims to provide a framework of concepts useful to modeling of spatially explicit processes. The course starts with an introduction to systems analysis,
that provides the basis for the conception and design of real process models. The "logical" models, or models based on rules that a GIS, by itself, can support will be explored. Finally, questions related to the implementation of ecosystem services models will be explored.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Pedro da Costa Brito Cabral


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

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




Mitchell, 2020, The Esri Guide to GIS Analysis, Volume 2: Spatial Measurements and Statistics,  Esri Press; 2nd edition, 258p, ISBN: 1589486080


Law and Collins, 2019, Getting to Know ArcGIS Pro, 2nd edition, ESRI Press, Redlands California, 512p, ISBN: 9781589485372


Corbin, 2018, ArcGIS Pro 2.x Cookbook: Create, manage, and share geographic maps, data, and analytical models using ArcGIS Pro, Packt Publishing, 706p, ISBN: 1788299035


Longley et al., 2015, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Wiley; 4th edition, 496p, ISBN: 118676955


Outros recursos online e artigos académicos sugeridos ao longo do curso

Teaching method

The teaching method includes teacher support through synchronous sessions and continued support through e-mail together with individual learning through practical exercises. It takes place, under the guidance of the teachers, a GIS modeling project, taking into account the individual or professional preferences of each student. This subject is taught in Portuguese.

Evaluation method

The evaluation of this Course Unit will be made taking into account the following elements:
- Final project*: 80%
- Exam: 20%
* The final project of the Curricular Unit must be delivered by midnight of the day shown in the calendar of the course and be presented on the date of the seminar. There is a 5% penalty for each day of late delivery of the final project.

Subject matter

The Learning Units (LU) and their contents are as follows:
Module 1: Introduction to Modeling.
Module 2: Rule-Based Modeling.
Module 3: Modeling ecosystem services.
Module 4: Dynamic Modeling.