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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Clean water and sanitation Sustainable cities Climate Action

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will have an overview of the different disciplines involved in the study and representation of the territory and the environment, and of the multidisciplinary systemic approach necessary to select the appropriate tools and techniques to acquire, analyze, record and share spatial data with continuity in digital format, in order to carry out a spatial survey. In addition, students will have the knowledge necessary to read, interpret, and evaluate both basic and thematic cartographies in order to use them in various professional circumstances as a tool for effective communication of environmental information.

Course contents

Callbacks of geodesy. Shape and dimensions of the Earth, cartographic reference surfaces and datum. Systems of coordinates. Introduction to the rapid topographical survey. Cartographic representation of the most common use (Mercatore direct and trasverse, Gauss-Boaga, Peters). Base and thematic cartography. The Italian official cartography. The regional technical cartography. Representation and description of the territory.

Definition, organization, fields of application of a G.I.S. C.A.D. and G.I.S. technologies. Geometric primitives (point, arc, polygon). Vector and raster structure. Data input: digitalization, external data base, GPS data acquisition. Remote sensing. Images georeferencing. Download of information from the WWW. Link to external database. Analysis and reclassification of layers. Examples of derived cartography. Topological overlay. Hot link. Query and realization of original cartography. Organization of layout. Data export.


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Borrough P.A., McDonnell R.A. (3. ed. 2015). Principles of geographical information systems. Oxford University Press.

Campbell J, (1989). Introduzione alla cartografia. Zanichelli.

Casagrande L., Cavallini P., Frigeri A., Furieri A., Marchesini I., Neteler M. (2012). GIS Open Source. GRASS GIS, Quantum GIS e SpatiaLite. Elementi di software libero applicato al territorio. Dario Flaccovio Editore.

Fondelli M. (2000). Cartografia numerica I. Pitagora editrice Bologna.

Noti V. (2. ed. 2021). Gis Open Source per geologia e ambiente. Analisi e gestione di dati territoriali e ambientali con QGIS.
Dario Flaccovio Editore

QGIS Training Manual-en - Version 3.22. – April 2022. Consultation at: https://docs.qgis.org/3.22/en/docs/user_manual/index.html

QGIS A gentle introduction to GIS - Version 3.22. Consultation at: https://docs.qgis.org/3.22/en/docs/gentle_gis_introduction/index.html

Vianello G. (1998). Cartografia e fotointerpretazione. CLUEB.

Teaching methods

Power point presentations, exercises with maps, practices in GIS and GPS activities, field survey with drone. Depending on the evolution of the pandemic, lessons will take place in presence, remotely, or in mixed mode.

Assessment methods

Practical tests. In particular, concerning cartography it will be evaluated the capacity of the student to read and to interpret the information present in different type of maps. This will be reached via the identification of the coordinates associated to a specific location or via the description of symbols reported in the cartography.

Regarding GIS, it will be evaluated the capacity of the student to manage data inside GIS, producing spatial data analysis and new cartography. In this case, the student will be fournished of a DB of layers and will be asked to solve some problems in order to evaluate his ability to handle and manage territorial data with GIS technology.

Teaching tools

Video projector, GIS, GPS, drone, stereoscope, compass, basic and thematic cartographies. TEAMS, VIRTUALE and PANOPTO platforms will be used to support teaching activities.

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Buscaroli