Geographical information systems

Lecturer(s): Ariane EMMANUELLI, René CHALON
Course ⋅ 7 hAutonomy ⋅ 4 hStudy ⋅ 21 h


With this course, the objective is to get familiar with Geographical information systems (GIS) and to understand and use their fundamental tools, as well as the possibilities GIS offer and their limits. For this, the open-source software QGIS will be used, and real data from various sources representative of the transverse nature of these tools will be analysed, with particular emphasis on the environment. This course is shared with: Master SOAC (M1); Master RisE / Water & Wind engineering (M1).

Palabras clave

GIS, data, visualisation, QGIS


  1. What is a GIS ? / Getting started with QGIS /. Graphic semiology and styles / Map types
  2. OpenStreetMap / Where to find data ?
  3. Attribute tables / Symbols
  4. Creating a layer / Georeferencing
  5. Data selection / Joining attributes / Geoprocessing 6.. Data collection using a smartphone Each lecture will be applied straight away in the form of a tutorial.

Learning Outcomes

  • Finding relevant data
  • Presentation of data on a map with good use of semiology
  • Proficiency in QGIS
  • Being able to use GIS for various topics


The students are marked based on their group project, with 60 % of the mark for a report and 40 % for the presentation.