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Marine GIS and Spatial Planning

Introduction to maps and GIS

  • Basic cartographic notions
  • Map viewers vs. GIS software


  • Data structure, types
  • Data sources  
  • Remote sensing servers


  • Common vector operations. Data tables
  • Common raster operations
  • Map calculators (algebra)
  • Interpolation
  • Overlays between discrete (vectors) and surface (raster) layers

Intro and overview of satellite remote sensing

  • Ocean color
  • Infrared sensors and sSST [restricted now to Ocean Color datasets]

Case studies and interfacing GIS and R: spatial patterns, basic habitat modeling (within GIS software), home-ranges, etc.

  • Spatial planning
  • Coastal Zone: planning and integrated management
  • The coastal zone. Problems and risks 
  • Elements of spatial planning
  • The general model. Phases: planning, diagnosis, implementing and evaluation
  • Coastal zone management in the European Union: policy and laws
  • The Mediterranean Protocol
  • The green book on Maritime Policy
  • Examples and case studies Data search and retrieval
  • Relevance of each type of data and their combinations to the specific nature and spatial scale of marine questions
  • Ability and autonomy using algorithms to perform spatial analyses