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Geographic Information Systems

2.5 ECTS Montpellier Year 2 Semester 3 Elective Tool 13



  • Provide basis for the conception, functioning and potential applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the management of environmental resources and forests.
  • Bring practical experience of a GIS software for the conception, design and use of a spatial database for natural resources management.
  • Develop skills for the assessment and expression of needs in GIS, and provide knowledge on what is possible to do with such a tool in a professional environment.


  • Introduction to GIS: concepts and functions; basic data models
  • Geographic databases and geo-referencing, projections systems
  • Relational databases: entity relation-model; conceptual, logic and operational models; SQL language
  • Links between GIS and relational databases
  • Data capturing and organization
  • Vector analysis
  • Map design.

Practical work:

  • GIS implementation (QGIS software) from data related to natural ecosystems management.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, students should be able to

  • explain the principles of GIS for applications in rural resource management
  • use a database management system to design and implement a database for forest resource management
  • use GIS software to complete a number of rural resource exercises, design a GIS model, enter data and complete a number of queries relevant to forest resources management.

This course does not provide skills of remote sensing.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and practical work (total: 24h)

Type of assessment

  • Individual
  • Written exam


  • Location : Montpellier
  • ECTS granting : AgroParisTech
  • Organisation : AgroParisTech


Lucile Sautot

Dr Lucile Sautot

  • associate professor (PhD)
  • AgroParisTech, Montpellier France