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地球空间信息科学与技术国际化师范学院小学期开课: Advanced Spatial Analysis


  This course covers the major analytical functionalities on the basis of Introductory GIS. Topics include location-allocation, route planning, spatial interpolation, transportation planning and GIS process modeling using model builder and Python. Through lab sessions, it enables students to foster an appreciation of GIS spatial analysis as an effective tool for solving complex geographical and transportation issues.


   Bo HUANG Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he is also the Associate Director of Institute of Space and Earth Information Science and the Director of MSc Program in GeoInformation Science. He received Changjiang Scholar Chair Professorship, the highest academic award issued to an individual in higher education by the Ministry of Education of PR China. Dr. Huang’s research interest focuses on geographical information science and he has published extensively in this field, including over 100 refereed international journal articles. He currently serves as the Asia-Pacific Editor of International Journal of Geographical Information Science (Taylor & Francis).

Learning outcomes

   At the end of the course, it is expected that the students will be able to:

  • Synthesize and integrate concepts of GIS theory, methodology and spatial analysis.
  • Develop an understanding of advanced spatial analytical functionalities, including spatial interpolation, route planning, and location-allocation.
  • Gain an understanding of GIS workflow modeling using model builder and Python.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge to solve transportation and other geographical issues using GIS.


   Grading of the students will be based on two components: (1) laboratory reports (30%) and (2) an exam (70%). 

Teaching object

   All Students



Location: Morning School building NO.1 Room 107

                 Afternoon School building NO.1 Room 608







Overview and network model

1st day

NO.1 107


Vector-based route planning


NO.1 608


Network analysis

2nd day

NO.1 107


Least-cost path


NO.1 608


Transportation planning

3rd day

NO.1 107


Multimodal network construction


NO.1 608


Spatial interpolation

4th day

NO.1 107


Spatial interpolation using global and local methods


NO.1 608


GIS workflows & analysis

5th day

NO.1 107


Model builder and Python programming


NO.1 608


Recommended Readings


   Chang, K. (2004) Introduction to geographic information systems, Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. [G70.212.C4735]

   M.Batty and P.Longley(2003). Advanced Spatial Analysis: The CASA book of GIS. ESRI Press, ISBN 1589480732.

   Paul A. Longley, Michael F. Goodchild, David J. Maguire, David W. Rhind(2011). Geographic Information Systems and Science, 3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ISBN: 978-0-470-72144-5.