Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development
Akademin för teknik och miljö


Advanced Geospatial Data Visualization 5.0 cr

Avancerad geospatial datavisualisering 5.0 hp

Finalized by: Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, 2018-02-26

Valid from: 2018-09-03

Education Level

Second cycle




5.0 cr

Main Field Of Study

Computer Science A1F
Geospatial Information Science A1F

Subject group

Computer Technology

Disciplinary Domain

Technology 100 %


After completion of the course the student shall be able to

  1. describe and discuss specialized techniques for visualization of geospatial data

  2. explain human's perceptual capacity in context of data visualization

  3. conceptually design and implement a geovisualization in a given area

  4. evaluate and assess visualizations from in regard to useability.


• Data abstraction and fundamental visual representations, including data types, attributes, domain, semantics, as well as visual variables

• Advanced techniques for visualization of 2D map and 3D geographical models, including e.g. superimposition, juxtaposition, view partitioning, multi-view, volumetric presentation

• Visualization of networks and acyclic graphs for representation of e.g. roads, telecommunication networks, electricity networks, drainage systems, etc.

• Visualization of time and space, including e.g. time-space cube, animation and frequency encoding techniques

• Advanced displays and interaction techniques for visualization of spatial data, including e.g. stereoscopic and autostereoscopic displays and 3D input devices

• Interaction concepts in visual data exploration, including e.g. selection, zooming, brushing, linked views, focus+context, filtering, viewpoint manipulation, distortion techniques

• Perceptual factors in visualization and experimental validation of visualizations


Lectures, practicals, seminars, and supervision

Entry requirements

English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course 6/B. Completed courses of 30 credits in the Master Programme in Geospatial Information Science, including: Programming and scripting for GIS 5 credits, Methods Tool Course for Geospatial Information Science 5 credits, and GIScience seminar 5 credits, or equivalent

Examination formats

Assignments, seminars, and written examination. How the learning outcomes are examined are stated in the course's grading criteria.

Grading scale

Seven-grade scale

Other regulations

Degree criteria for final grade will be given by examiner or course responsible latest at the beginning of the course.

Environmental Class

It is possible to include content with sustainable development in this course in the future


Code Title Credits Grade
0010 Assignments 2.5 cr UG
0020 Seminars 0.5 cr UG
0030 Written examination 2.0 cr EC