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Geo-technology for expeditions and fieldwork

Geo-technologies for field research workshops

Are you looking to use geo-technologies such as GIS, GPS and remote sensing as a part of a field research project or expedition? These  practical workshops will cover how different technologies can be used for field research, with a particular focus on open-source and accessible GIS, GPS and hardware for environmental monitoring and hazard mapping. The emphasis throughout will be on inexpensive, research-grade hardware and software with a do-it-yourself element.

This year the Society will be running two separate workshops. Both are relevant to those new to GIS, GPS, technology and electronics.

Delegates can attend either or both days depending on their own requirements.

Tuesday 28 March 2017: Open source GIS and field monitoring with Arduino - CANCELLED

Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London, SW7 2AR
9.30am – 5.30pm. Doors open 9.00am.

This workshop will help delegates to get to grips with the basics of open source GIS software. The focus will be on environment and conservation fieldwork however the techniques used will be applicable to any kind of geographical field research. Elements to be covered will include: what it is, how it works, how to find and convert data into GIS, how to display different types of data and how to carry out a basic GIS analysis of your field site before venturing in to the field.

In the afternoon the focus will be on building monitoring hardware and sensors using the open-source Arduino platform. Using Arduino technology you will build and programme your own basic weather station to take home with you. Computing and power in the field and the use of will also be addressed.  

Standard £120; Student £75
Prices include lunch, refreshments, and your own Arduino based data logger and meteorological sensors to take home.

Further information: Please see the information sheet (PDF).

To enquire about future courses:  contact Geography Outdoors E: go@rgs.org

Monday 3 April 2017: Open source remote sensing and GPS for fieldwork - CANCELLED

Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London, SW7 2AR
9.30am – 4.30pm. Doors open 9.00am.

If you are planning or are recently returned from a field research project this workshop will cover how to build datasets, and how to use and process freely available satellite data.

Practical sessions will demonstrate a range of open source GIS (e.g. QGIS, SAGA), GPS and GIS datasets. There will be accompanied with the practical use of open source GIS and remote sensing packages to manage data for your field site.

You will learn how to use free software to process free satellite Earth Observation data (e.g. visible, infra-red and radar data) for mapping resources, hazards and disaster risk reduction. Through practical exercises in Hyde Park delegates you will also learn how to tie GPS co-ordinates to digital maps and satellite images in order to build datasets for your field research or expedition. Practical aspects such as how to power digital equipment and protect data in remote and inhospitable settings will also be covered.

Standard £95; Student £50
Prices incl. VAT, lunch, refreshments.

Further information: Please see the information sheet (PDF).

To enquire about future courses:  contact Geography Outdoors E: go@rgs.org

Chapters from the RGS-IBG FIeld Research techniques Manual: GIS, GPS and Remote sensing can be downloaded free-of-charge from the right hand tool bar.


RGS-IBG links
· Expedition Mapping Unit
· GIS, GPS and Remote Sensing Manual
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· Getting started with GIS
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