BIO4110 – Ecological GIS modelling

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Course content

The course gives an introduction to use of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) in ecological modelling. The course will contain some theoretical aspects of GIS and practical analyses. GIS models for marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems will be covered. The course will also cover GIS modelling on both regional and local scales. Main subjects will be terrain analyses, spatial statistics, interpolation methods, prediction modelling, least cost path analyses and visualisation (incl. 3D).

Learning outcome

To provide knowledge and experience on how GIS is used in ecological modelling. The course will give an introduction to the most promising GIS methods in ecological research. A main focus will also be on how to operate GIS on the computer.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

PhD-students have to register to BIO9110. Please contact the Students office at the Biological institute to do this. PhD-students on other institutions have to apply for status as a visiting PhD-student, read more about how to apply here


The course consists of lectures (15 h), computing laboratory work (15 h) and a project work (30 h). All laboratory work is mandatory, but a maximum of 20% absence is accepted.
This subject uses Fronter.


To pass the course you have to:

  • get approved mandatory participation on the computer laboratory
  • pass the laboratory journals
  • pass the project work

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Information on how to complain on a grade can be found here

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Information on how to apply for special facilities can be found here


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Periodic evaluation Autumn 2009 og 2011.


Three or more students have to follow the course if it is to be lectured.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

This course has been changed. New course is BIO4115 Distribution modelling, and gives 10 credits


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)