Topic outline

  • Spatial analytics -course introduces you to different analysis approaches and methods of spatio-statistical analysis, geostatistics, map algebra and geovisual analysis. After the course, you can identify appropriate analysis approaches for different geospatial tasks, and describe data needs and suitable methods for the given analysis process. You can discuss the strengths and limitations of the methods. 

    After completing this course, you should:

    • understand the typical data analysis workflow

    • understand the basics of geostatistics and the associated terminology and mathematical principles

    • understand the basic principles of map overlay and map algebra

    • understand the principles of graph theory and network analysis

    • understand the basic principles of spatio-temporal multivariate analysis

    • be able to apply the previous concepts to different geographical problems using Python programming language

    Course materials

    All the course materials (incl. lectures, tutorials, exercises) will be hosted on a dedicated website at

    NOTE: This means, that we won't be using MyCourses platform.

    Online lessons and practicals

    Teaching of the course will happen totally online in 2021. You can find the Zoom link for the lectures (Tuesdays 12:15-14:00 & Thursdays 13:15-15:00) and practical sessions (Wednesdays 12:15-14:00) below on this page (only visible to students of this course, please login with your Aalto account to see the link). 


    We will be using GitHub throughout the course for doing and returning the exercises. If you do not yet have a GitHub account, please create one before the course starts at:


    - GIS-E1030 Introduction to Spatial Methods, or similar knowledge (required)

    - Basic programming skills with Python 

    If you are new to Python, or would like to refresh your Python skills, we recommend to start with an online and open access course called Geo-Python which is available at If you need to refresh your Python GIS skills, we recommend starting with a course Automating GIS-processes available at Both of these courses include tutorials, videos and exercises. 

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      Zoom link for the lessons and practical sessions URL
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      You can access the online Zoom lessons and practicals via this link: 

      • Lectures are every Tuesday 12:15-14:00 and Thursday 13:15-15:00. 
      • Practicals are every Wednesday 12:15-14:00.