Course code POLI25
Course title Using the geographical information systems for the quantitative and qualitative landscape analysis
Institution Politecnico di Milano
Course address Via Ampere 2
City Milan
Minimum year of study 3rd year
Minimum level of English Fair
Minimum level of French None
Key words Gis, landscape, spatial analysis, geostatistics, cartography, database
Language English
Professor responsible Alessandra Pandolfi
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Email alessandramaria.pandolfi@polimi.it
Participating professors
Number of places Minimum: 10, Maximum: 20, Reserved for local students:
Objectives

Developing skills in the spatial quantitative and qualitative analysis of landscape through the use of Gis tools.

                                                         Landscape is “an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors” (Council of Europe, European Landscape Convention, 2000). The changing conditions of this complex factor that determines the variability of our local and national contexts can be effectively measured thanks to quantitative and qualitative indicators, which could be calculated using Gis, thanks to elements of geostatistics and numeric cartography. This course will illustrate, then, the speculative basics of the need of using Gis for the quantitative and qualitative landscape analysis.

Programme to be followed

Monday morning (3 hrs of frontal lecture, 1 of practical applications): overview of the course and introduction to freeware Gis softwares for the landscape analysis. Gis softwares and their use.

Monday afternoon (4 hrs of frontal lecture): numeric cartography basics for the Gis software use. Elements introducing the use of spatial cartographic data for the landscape analysis.

Tuesday morning (4 hrs of frontal lecture): elements of geostatistics for the landscape analysis. Introduction to the multivariate statistics (cluster analysis) and other statistical tools for the geographic analysis.

Tuesday afternoon (2 hrs of frontal lecture, 2 of practical applications): using a Gis for the geostatistic analysis. Features and use of the main Gis tools. Main quantitative indicators to be calculated for the landscape analysis.

Wednesday morning (2 hrs of frontal lecture, 2 of practical applications): database collection, organization and management for the quantitative and qualitative landscape analysis. Elements about data collection and examples of existing databases.

Wednesday afternoon (1 hr of frontal lecture, 3 of practical applications): using a Gis for the landscape analysis. Features and use of the main Gis tools. Main qualitative indicators to be calculated for the landscape analysis.

Thursday (2 hrs of frontal lecture, 2 of practical applications): case studies and possible use of the landscape analysis in the planning tools. Practical exercises.

Friday morning (4 hrs): written and practical exam

 

Friday afternoon (4 hrs): exams correction

Prerequisites

Some basic knowledge about landscape theories

                                                         The course is mainly addressing Architects, Urban Planners and Civil/Environmental Engineers

                                                         Requirements: a personal notebook/computer

Course exam

Written and practical exam on the course exercises made by students during classes

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