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Geographical Information Systems applied to Agriculture

General information

Course name:

Geographical Information Systems applied to Agriculture

Main Scientific Field:

621 - Agricultural and animal production

Degree:

Higher Technical Professional Course (CTeSP) (Level 5 of the European Qualifications)

Duration:

2 years / 4 semesters

Department:

Section of Mathematics and Computer Sciences (SMI)

Course Director:

Manuel José Esteves de Brito(mbritoesav.ipv.pt)

Regime:

Daytime

Nr. of ECTS:

120 ECTS

Relevant areas for the course:

Biology and Geology and Mathematics

Entrance Testing:

Local application

Institution / course code::

3185 / T126

 

Objectives and skills

Manipulate and use, autonomously or under guidance, geospatial tools, technologies and methodologies to support agriculture integrated with techniques of spatial analysis, to support decision making and production optimization, namely, to plan and define competitive strategies in agrarian activities; design, promote and manage GIS to ensure the geo-referencing of company / farm information; manage and supervise epidemiological surveillance systems; produce, edit and update digital cartography and cadastre of rustic properties; integrate in a GIS, remote sensing, GPS, CAD, automatic mapping and management facilities; and develop multimedia systems on the basis of cartography for web availability.

 

Main activities

  • Implement solutions in problem resolution with the use of mathematical and physical computational tools;
  • Plan and define competitive strategies to allow productivity improvement and quality of the activities inherent to agriculture, enhancing activities planning and production costs optimization;
  • Plan and carry out georeferenced geological, geomorphological, forestry, agricultural and animal surveys with GPS, photointerpretation, sensors and biosensors according to the companies / farms needs;
  • Produce, edit and update digital cartography and cadastre of rustic properties;
  • Model, implement, manage and update geographical databases;
  • Design, promote and manage GIS to ensure the georeferentiation of the company / farm information and the modeling of agroforestry resources to support decision making and sustainable agriculture;
  • Integrate in GIS remote sensing, GPS, CAD, automatic mapping and management features associated with analysis and decision support techniques;
  • Create and support GIS, including the realization and automation of spatial analysis processes to support decision making;
  • Manage and supervise epidemiological surveillance systems using geospatial data;
  • Develop multimedia systems on a cartographic basis, with its own interface to make them web available;

Study plan

1st Year

Curriculum unit

Contact hours

ECTS

Field Data Acquisition and Processing

52

4

Geographical Databases

52

4

Rustic Properties Registry

60

5

Calculus Applied to GIS

52

4

Cartography and Topography

52

4

Physics Applied to GIS

52

4

Fundamentals of Algebra and Statistics

52

4

Plants Physiological Mechanisms

45

4

Programming in the GIS Environment

52

4

Agricultural Systems

45

4

Geographical Information Systems I

60

5

Animal Production Systems

52

5

Silvicultural Systems

45

4

Soils and Climates

52

5

 

 

 

2nd Year

Curriculum unit

Contact hours

ECTS

Precision Agriculture

60

5

Computer Aided Design

45

4

Epidemiology

45

4

Agricultural Management and Planning

45

4

Inventory and Modeling of Natural Resources

52

4

Digital Image Processing by Satellite

52

4

Geographical Information Systems II

60

5

Internship

-

30

 

Areas of education and training

Areas of education and training

ECTS

441 - Physics

4

443 - Earth sciences

9

461 - Mathematics

8

481 - Computer sciences

8

581 - Architecture and urbanism

27

621 - Agricultural and animal production

52

623 - Forestry and hunting

8

640 - Veterinary sciences

4

 

Access to bachelor degrees (1st Cycle)

Students with approval in all training components of the CTeSP, will be holders of a Diploma of Higher Professional Technician in Geographical Information Systems applied to Agriculture, being able to apply directly, through a special contest, to the ESAV Degree courses in Animal Science and Technology  and Agronomic Engineering.

NDuring the course of studies a broad set of curricular units carried out in the CTeSP will be credited on the Degree courses mentioned above.

 

Access and admission

Consult specific application form for the course.

 

Component in work context

The training component in the context of work aims to apply the guideline and knowledge acquired to the practical activities of their professional profile.

The training component in the work context (internship) lasts for one semester and is ensured through protocols that ESAV has established with the entities or companies of the Viseu region and in specific cases of the bordering regions.

 

Protocols

  • ADDLAP – Associação de Desenvolvimento do Dão, Lafões e Alto Paiva
  • ANCOSE – Associação Nacional de Criadores de Ovinos da Serra da Estrela
  • Assembleia de Compartes dos Baldios de Igarei
  • Associação de Criadores de Gado da Beira Alta
  • Associação dos Apicultores da Beira Alta
  • BIOLAFÕES – Agricultura Biológica, Lda
  • Castanea Sativa – Serviços agroflorestais e jardinagem, Lda.
  • CAULE – Associação Florestal da Beira Serra
  • CENTROBERRY – Frutas de Portugal, Lda
  • CERVAS – Centro de Ecologia, Recuperação e Vigilância de Animais Selvagens (Associação ALDEIA)
  • Comissão Vitivinícola Regional do Dão - CVR do Dão
  • Cooperativa três Serras de Lafões, CRL
  • FLOPONOR - Florestas e Obras Públicas do Norte, S.A.
  • FNAPF – Federação Nacional das Associações de Proprietários Florestais
  • Geolayer – Estudos de Território, Lda
  • Julia Kemper Wines, S.A.
  • Município de Viseu
  • Município de Vouzela
  • Terrasaltas – Indústrias Agro-Alimentares, Lda.
  • V. W. – Vines e Wines – Consultores em Enologia Lda
  • Visurze – Paisagismo e Meio Ambiente, Lda.