Geospatial Intelligence


  • Unit 1 - GEOINT context and definition
    • Introduction to Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT).
    • Describe GEOINT main components.
    • Demonstrate that GEOINT does not apply only to the areas of defence and security, but also provides decision makers with knowledge that can be directly applied in business, humanitarian efforts, law enforcement, among others.
  • Unit 2 ¿ GEOINT data
    • Analyse GEOINT data origins (physical and human geography) and organization (structured and unstructured);
    • Analyse the Data-Information-Perception process;
    • Reflect on the human competence to assign meaning to models and data and on the various ways to bridge the gap between data and the use of various models of geographic analysis;
    • Ask a series of questions that can be answered by the GEOINT data.
  • Unit 3 ¿ GEOINT acquisition systems and data collection strategies
    • Analyse the first components of the Intelligence Cycle or Information Cycle, 
    • Characterize the acquisition systems (platforms and sensors), and the data collection strategies (open source, and close source).
  • Unit 4 - GEOINT Analytical Techniques and GEOINT Products and Communication
    • Analyse GEOINT's analytical skills and techniques (Tradecraft), focusing on the following topics:
      • The challenge of geographic analysis; 
      • Prejudices or biases,
      • Structured Analytical Techniques (TAEs / SATs),
    • Analyse the search for meaning, and the different phases of analysis, and making analytical assessments.
    • Solve an analytical problem with the Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH) methodology to locate of a warehouse of Material to Support Humanitarian and Emergency Operations;
    • Create and present GEOINT reports.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Marco Octávio Trindade Painho


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

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


Specific GeoINT certification prerequisites

  • GIS software knowledge.

Specific GeoINT certification requisites

  • C&SIG;

  • GIS Modelling;

  • Remote Sensing;

  • Geospatial Intelligence.



Heuer, R.J. (1999) Psychology of Intelligence Analysis. Washington, D.C., Center for the Study of Intelligence (available
; Lowenthal, M.M. (2015) Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy (6th Edition). Washington, DC, CQ Press
; NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Office of Geospatial-Intelligence Management (2006) National System for Geospatial Intelligence: Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Basic Doctrine. Washington, DC, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Publication No. 1-0 (available at
; NRC (National Research Council) (2007) Successful Response Starts with a Map: Improving Geospatial Support for Disaster Management. Washington, DC, National Academies Press (available at
; Tuathail, G.O., Dalby, S., and Routledge, P. (2003). The Geopolitics Reader (2nd Edition). London, Routledge (available at

Teaching method

  • E-learning component:
            - Synchronous tools - synchronous sessions - Instructor / Class; Video conference - Instructor / Student; self-evaluation; Final exam
            - Assynchronous tools - discussion forum. acess to platform resources.
  • Contact component:
            - Presentation and discussion of a final project

Evaluation method

  • Online Test (20%)
  • Project (80%): the problem has to be defined by the students.

Subject matter

  1. Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) context;

  2. Geospatial building blocks;

  3. GEOINT Analysis;

  4. GEOINT Products and Communication;

  5. Emerging GEOINT Technologies and Techniques.