Characterisation and Assessment of Territory

Name: Characterisation and Assessment of Territory
Code: PAO2378L
Duration: 15 weeks/78 hours
Scientific Area: Environment and Ecology Sciences

Teaching languages: Portuguese
Languages of tutoring support: Portuguese, English
Regime de Frequência: Presencial

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

Provide the students with the basic concepts related with the process of landscape assessment. Integration in the social context.


The nature of spatial information
Perception of the nature of the landscape
The importance of scale, structure and function:
Landscape assessment:
- the analytical, synthetic and hierarchical perspectives
- the landscape as a complex object
- the disturbed landscape
- the ecological landscape
- the cultural landscape
The practice of landscape assessment
- Material and circumstantial elements
- Climatology
- Morphology
- Geology
- Soil
- Hydrology
- Ecology

Teaching Methods

Theoretical presentations supported by documents e trough the analysis of practical study cases.

One written test: 40%
Two practical projects of concept application: One individual on concept discussion (30%) and one in groups of 3 students on integrated characterization of a selected region (30%)