The Cartography and GIS modules arecarried out through lectures on the characteristics of topographic maps and exercises related to: determination of coordinates in geographic and kilometric systems; construction of topographic profiles; delimitation of river basins.
The part concerning the use of a GIS is carried out through lectures and through practical exercises at the computer. Acquired knowledge of the most commonly used commands for the visualization and analysis of cartographic works, the digitalization of cartographic data with QGIS.
Course contents summary
History of cartography and measurements of the Earth (outline)
Classification of maps; general maps and thematic maps.
Reference ellipsoids and azimuthal cartographic projections; of conical and cylindrical development; Geographic grid and calculation of the coordinates of a point (Rome40 and ED50 datum).
Triangulations and photogrammetric survey (outline).
Cartographic organs and official Italian cartography.
Gauss-Boaga cross-grid and UTM and calculation of the coordinates of a point.
Characteristics and methods of use of the GPS system (Global Positioning System).
Altitude representation of the terrain, contour lines, altitude of a point, distance and acclivity between two points
Execution of the topographic profile.
Delimitation of river basins.
Features of the Regional Technical Card.
Overview of numerical cartography.
General features of a GIS.
Specific features of QGIS, a Free and Open Source Geographic Information System
The main commands:
for the management of the working environment, the layers;
for the management of the raster data;
for the management of vector data;
for database management.
Geoprocessing and query
digital cartography in the geoportals; data acquisition and WMS services
digitalization and georeferencing of cards
Change of coordinate systems and change of datum
Import of points and lines acquired in the field with GPS.
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Migliaccio F., Carrion D. Sistemi informativi territoriali. UTET, 2016
The course is carried out through lectures and practical exercises on maps and computer. Acquired knowledge of the most commonly used commands for the visualization and analysis of the cartographic works, the digitalization of cartographic data and the creation of layouts through QGIS. Practical applications of using a GIS are performed along the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
1) Coordinates of a point, construction of a topographic profile and delimitation of a river basin from a topographic map
2) Execution of a verification exercise of the knowledge acquired in the data management and operation of QGIS.