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Biology Applications

Code: EGEO4031     Acronym: EGEO4031

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Surveying Engineering

Instance: 2021/2022 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Geosciences, Environment and Spatial Plannings
Course/CS Responsible: Master's degree in Remote Sensing

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
M:DR 0 The study plan from 2018 1 - 3 21 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Maria Joana Afonso Pereira Fernandes
Neftali Sillero Pablos

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 1,00
Other: 0,50
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 1,00
Neftali Sillero Pablos 1,00
Other Totals 1 0,50
Neftali Sillero Pablos 0,50

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


It is intended that:

1) Students acquire training on the main applications of Remote Sensing (RS) in the area of Biology.

2) Gain experience in manipulating data from the satellites most used in biology, using different types of software, in particular open source software.

To this end, several examples of applications will be presented:

- Biogeographic analysis of the Iberian herpetofauna.

- Analysis of the vertical distribution of the herpetofauna with altimetry RS data.

- Water detection.

- Detection of environmental pollution.

- Landscape connectivity analysis.

- Studies of home ranges.

Learning outcomes and competences

 It is intended that students:

1) To know the techniques used in the collection of the variables with biological importance.

2) To be able to Incorporate RS variables into biology studies.

3) To know and are able to apply the main statistical tools for analysis of RS data in Biology.

4) To be able to apply RS techniques to various applications in Biology


Working method



1) Main RS data and sensors with use in Biology: vegetation and water indices; vegetation mapping, surface temperature, altimetry.

2) Incorporation of RS variables into biological studies: the importance of the study scale and spatial resolution.

3) Essential RS variables for biodiversity.

4) Main statistical tools for data analysis of RS: GLM and ecological modeling.

5) Main applications: biogeography, ecotoxicology, landscape connectivity, spatial ecology.

Mandatory literature

Chuvieco, E.; Fundamentos de Teledetección Espacial, 2000

Comments from the literature

Chuvieco, E. (2000). Fundamentos de Teledetección Espacial, 3ª ed. revisada. (E. Rialp, Ed.), Madrid.

Kerr, J. T., & Ostrovsky, M. (2003). From space to species: ecological applications for remote sensing. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 18(6), 299–305.

Sillero, N. (2008): Mortality Levels of Amphibians on Spanish Country Roads: Descriptive and Spatial Analysis. Amphibia-Reptilia 29: 337-347.

Gonzalez, RC; Woods, RE (2008) Digital Image Processing, 3nd ed., Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Sillero, N.; Brito, J.C.; Skidmore, A.; Toxopeus, A.G. (2009): Biogeographical Patterns Derived from Remote Sensing Variables: the Amphibians and Reptiles of the Iberian Peninsula. Amphibia-Reptilia 30: 185-206.

Blaschke, T (2010) Object based image analysis for repote sensing. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 65(1), 2-16.

Teaching methods and learning activities

The way the various topics are presented and discussed in the theoretical lectures aims to stimulate the students and teach the relevant topics of the program.

In the practical lectures, the students are invited to think about the various problems, helping to consolidate the knowledge acquired in the theoretical lectures. The practical exercises solved in the computer aim to train the students to solve the most typical problems in remote sensing, related with the topics of the program.

Lectures are given based on Power Point presentations and practival exercises using R statistical software. Examples with different outputs and data from the teacher's own research will be used.



R statistical language


Natural sciences > Biological sciences > Biodiversity > Sustainable exploitation
Natural sciences > Biological sciences > Biodiversity > Biodiversity characterisation
Natural sciences > Environmental science > Ecology > Ecosystems
Natural sciences > Biological sciences > Biology > Environmental biology
Technological sciences > Technology > Remote sensing
Natural sciences > Environmental science > Global change > Climate change

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 25,00
Frequência das aulas 21,00
Trabalho de investigação 15,00
Trabalho laboratorial 20,00
Total: 81,00

Eligibility for exams

Terms of frequency: Attendance of classes is compulsory. The general rules of FCUP shall apply.

Calculation formula of final grade

The assessment is done through a practical exame (PE) usin the R software. The final mark will be: FM = PE.

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