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GIS: Environmental Studies

Lifelong learning course. Semi-distance.


UPC School

This lifelong learning course can be attended as part of the master's degree Geographical Information Systems or as part of the postgraduate course Environmental applications for GIS.

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) tools are an organised integration of hardware, software and geographical data that are designed to capture, store, analyse and display geographically referenced information. In the society we live in this information is of key importance because it is a strategic asset that provides knowledge and added value to present-day organisations. The emergence of new information and communication technologies has boosted the development of these new applications and new ways of understanding and managing our environment.

GIS works as a geographical content database that is associated with graphic objects on a digital map using a common identifier. This system allows users to separate information into different topic layers and store them independently. In this way it gives users the ability to relate existing information through the topology of the objects and generate new ones. GIS technology can be used for scientific research, resource management, asset management, archaeology, environmental impact assessment or urban planning, and these are only a few of many examples.

As well as showing us the possibilities that these tools can provide, this course offers students technological and operational knowledge of current systems, practical skills to be able to use these up to date IT tools and provides them with the ability to perform territorial spatial analysis. In turn, this allows for improved management of cities and the environment. Currently, there is a high demand for qualified professionals who know how to use GIS and have experience using the latest IT tools and devices.


  • To learn about environmental areas and factors and their associated cartography.

  • To learn about the creation, organisation, management and use of information for natural spaces using GIS tools.

  • To carry out environmental impact studies, vulnerability maps and other environmental analyses using GIS tools.

  • To draw up local action plans and agenda 21 plans.

Who is it for

  • Professionals working in territorial management and administration, in either the public or private spheres.

  • Independent professionals that are working in areas where the geospatial component of data that they manage is an important asset to their corporate information.

  • Computer scientists with advanced or associates degrees.

  • Geographers.

  • Architects.

  • Engineers.



Datos SIG y Propuestas Medioambientales
2 ECTS. 15 teaching hours.
  • Basic concepts about environmental areas and vectors and the associated cartography.
  • Adequate understanding of the technical development of the Departamento de Medio Ambiente de Catalunya (The Catalonian Department of the Environment) in terms of natural space management.
  • Broad understanding of experiences and case studies of environmental GIS implementation.
  • Creation, organisation and management of information about natural spaces using GIS tools.
Estudios de Impacto y Gestión de Espacios Naturales con SIG
5 ECTS. 35 teaching hours.
  • Adequate understanding of natural and environmental resource analysis and management of information resources.
  • Perform collection, integration and processing of environmental information using IT resources available on an open network.
  • Make environmental impact studies, vulnerability maps and other environmental analyses using GIS tools.
  • Technical ability to create, organise and generate new environmental information using GIS tools.
  • Research into local plans of action and Agenda 21 plans for tracking urban transformation.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Garcia Almirall, Pilar
    Dra. Arquitecta. Master en Gestión Urbanística y Master en Valoraciones Inmobiliarias. Catedrática de la UPC. Directora del Laboratorio de Modelización Virtual de la Ciudad y subdirectora del Centro de Política de Suelo y Valoraciones. Es experta en Real Estate Valuation y tecnologías informáticas SIG en el estudio, planificación, evaluación de políticas y gestión de la ciudad materias de las que imparte docencia en la ETSAB-UPC. Su investigación se orienta al estudio de nuevas metodologías de análisis socio-residencial de la ciudad, descriptores de la calidad de la edificación y de parámetros urbanísticos y locacionales. Ha dirigido proyectos nacionales e internacionales de cooperación en Tecnologias de Información Geoespacial (IDE/SIG) y de evaluación del impacto social de la TIG¿s. Participa en comités científicos y comisiones y dirige actividades de debate.

Academic coordination

  • Biere Arenas, Rolando
    Arquitecto, Máster en Gestión y Valoración Urbana de la UPC. Profesor invitado en las materias de gestión urbanística y tecnologías aplicadas al urbanismo. Coordinador de cursos de los programas formativos organizados por el CPSV, en el cual también se desempeña como investigador.

Teaching staff

  • Biere Arenas, Rolando
    Arquitecto, Máster en Gestión y Valoración Urbana de la UPC. Profesor invitado en las materias de gestión urbanística y tecnologías aplicadas al urbanismo. Coordinador de cursos de los programas formativos organizados por el CPSV, en el cual también se desempeña como investigador.
  • Botey Sánchez de Rojas, Blanca
    Licenciada en Biología, Máster en Sistemas de Información Geográfica por la UPC y Posgrado en International Course on Management and Applied Techniques in Cartographyper e l ICGC . Ha trabajado en el sector privado, desde la creación de aplicaciones informáticas, hasta responsable de los SIG en una ingeniería. La aportación fundamental de su experiencia como profesional son el uso de los SIG en procesos de evaluación ambiental, en estudios paisajísticos, de ruido, etc. y el diseño de sistemas de información y BBDD. Actualmente es consultora freelance en proyectos SIG medioambientales y en geoaplicaciones
  • Carceller Roqué, Xavier
    Doctor in Architecture (UPC). Coordinator and/or director of several masters courses (Urban Ecology, Sustainable City and territory, environmental assessment or integration of urban planning, legislation, environmental management and diagnosis). He develops the professional activity in the administration of the Generalitat of Catalonia where, among other charges, has been head of the Planning Natural Environment (Department of Environment) and he is currently Head of Service Plans and Programs, in the General Division Environmental Assessment (Department of Planning and Sustainability).
  • Garcia Strino, Joaquin
    Geógrafo y Máster en SIG con más de 10 años de experiencia como técnico en el tratamiento de datos geoespacials. Combinación de Investigación universitaria con docencia de Máster en SIG y Programas de Doctorado por la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Profesional geógrafo y experto en SIG aplicados en Gestión urbana y medioambiental, Teledetección, Hidrología y Meteorología, Visualización SIG 3D y Realidad Aumentada.
  • Marcer Batlle, Arnald
    Dr. en Ecología Terrestre (UAB 2013). Máster en Estudios Ambientales (UAB 2009). Máster en Gestión Ambiental (Yale U. 1991). Licenciado en Biología (UAB 1989). Investigador del CREAF y su ámbito de investigación se centra en el estudio y modelización de la distribución espacial de la biodiversidad y en el desarrollo de sistemas de información para la gestión de datos sobre patrimonio natural y biodiversidad. Es autor de publicaciones en revistas científicas del SCI y dirige y colabora en contratos y en proyectos competitivos de ámbitos nacional e internacional.

General information

7 ECTS (50 teaching hours)
Start date
Classes start:22/05/2017Classes end:28/06/2017Programme ends: 28/07/2017
Monday  17:00 to 21:00Wednesday  17:00 to 21:00
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
08005 Barcelona
Telephone: (34) 93 114 80 23
Lifelong learning diploma issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official or recognized university degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree or diploma. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

In the case of having a foreign degree check here.
Virtual Campus
The students on this Lifelong learning course will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
Employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Registration fee
950 €
The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Lifelong learning course.
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.


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