Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Geographic Information Systems and Coastal Management - 2nd semester



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas


Geografia e Planeamento Regional



Teacher in charge

Carlos Pereira da Silva, Rossana Estanqueiro

Weekly hours

3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Teaching language



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.


non applicable

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


Bartlett, D. & Smith, J. (ed.) (2004). GIS for Coastal Zone Management. Londres: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis.
Barragan, J.M. (2014). Política, Gestión y Litoral. Una nueva vision de la Gestion Integrada de Áreas Litorales. Madrid: Editorial Tébar Flores.
Carter, R. W. G. (1988). Coastal Environments. Londres, Academic Press.
Green, D. & King, S. (ed.) (2003). Coastal and Marine GeoInformation Systems: Applying the Technology to the Environment (Coastal Systems & Continental Margins S.). London: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Pereira da Silva, C. (2002). Gestão Litoral: A Integração de Estudos de Percepção da Paisagem e Imagens Digitais na Definição da Capacidade de Carga de Praias – O Troço Litoral S.TorpesIlha do Pessegueiro. Lisboa: FCSH/UNL. [Tese de Doutoramento].

Teaching method

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

Evaluation method

Evaluation is carried out by the preparation of a individual essay or a review of an article 20% (pages 5-10) and the development of an applied project 80%.
(According to the FCSH Assessment Standards, the proposed evaluation elements to introduce students in the first class may suffer readjustments, particularly in the percentage of each element).