Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2016/2017
Belonging course: 
Course of Master's Degree Programme on APPLIED COMPUTER SCIENCE (MACHINE LEARNING AND BIG DATA)
Disciplinary sector: 
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND GEOMORPHOLOGY (GEO/04)
Credits: 
6
Year of study: 
2
Cycle: 
First Semester
Hours of front activity: 
48

Language

Italian

Course description

The main aims of the course is to provide students with the basic knowledge on Geographical information systems, the main functions and their use in specific applications through a theoretical-practical path.

Prerequisites

none

Syllabus

Fundamentals of cartography: the main types of cartographic representation and projective systems; the official Italian IGMI cartography and the Regional Technical Cartography. Reading the Topographic maps.
The numerical cartography and GIS. The coordinate systems mainly used in Italy and the georeferencing of cartographic data. Coordinate conversion criteria.
Input, output and storage systems of spatial data. The multilayer structuring of spatial data.
Raster data and vector data. Structure of raster data, geometric and radiometric resolution. Structure of vector data, geometric primitives, attributes and topological relationships. Raster-vector and vector-raster transformations.
The territorial attributes and organization through the relational model. The geodatabase.
Querying of GIS data using SQL language. Spatial and a-spatial queries. Reclassification.
Main data interpolation criteria: global and local methods (IDW, Trend Surface, Spline etc.)
Vector and raster digital terrain models: DSM, TIN and DEM. Main interpolation methods for the realization of digital terrain models starting from point clouds and / or contour lines. Main applications of digital terrain models and their use for the realization of derived maps (slopes, exposure, etc.).
Integrated analysis criteria between raster and vector data. Spatial analysis: the neighborhood filter, the cell statistics, the proximity analysis (buffer and distance matrix, etc.). The thematic overlay. The map algebra, the topological overlay and the integration between spatial data and attribute data (spatial joining).
Practical applications and implementation of a GIS project during the course.

Introduction to GIS and fundamentals of cartography (12 h):
Fundamentals of cartography. The numerical cartography and GIS. The georeferencing of cartographic data.
Input, output and storage systems of spatial data. The multilayer structuring of spatial data.

The structure of GIS data (14 h):
Raster data and vector data. The territorial attributes and organization through the relational model. Querying of GIS.
Main data interpolation criteria.

The Terrain models (8 h):
The digital terrain models and their applications.

The spatial analysis (14 h):
Spatial analysis and map overlay.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and laboratory activities. Practical applications and implementation of a GIS project during the course.

Textbooks

MARIO BOFFI – Scienza dell’informazione geografica (introduzione ai GIS) – Zanichelli.
Emanuela Caiaffa - ECDL GIS – La rappresentazione cartografica e I fondamenti dei GIS – MC-GRAW Hill

KANG-TSUNG CHANG – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems – Mc Graw Hill.

PDF files provided during the course.

Learning assessment

Oral exam on theoretical aspects of the course and discussion of a GIS project realized by the student. The exam is passed if the score obtained is equal to or higher than 18/30.

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