BIO9110 – 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.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


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

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 BIO9115 Distribution modelling, and gives 10 credits


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)