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GIS for Expeditions and Fieldwork

One day and three day courses

GIS for Expeditions and Fieldwork

These practical workshops are for people using tools and techniques such as GPS, remote sensing, digital mapping and data analyses (Geographical Information Sciences) as part of a field research project or expedition.

GIS are being used increasingly for fieldwork, to benefit existing plans and to create new inventories and maps, for example:

  • Planning and navigation using maps, GPS and satellite images
  • Mapping species distributions, patterns of biodiversity, ecosystem services and conservation priority
  • Surveys of geology, water resources and soils; and use and changes over time
  • Community mapping of villages, natural resources and land use
  • Management zones for national parks

A series of mapping exercises will look at how expedition fieldwork can be accomplished rapidly and efficiently, thus achieving more with the time available in the field. The course will involve hands-on experience with GIS co-ordinates to digital maps and satellite data.

Delegates can attend the first day of training, or all three days depending on their own requirements.

One day workshop: Introduction to GIS for expeditions and field research

The workshop will cover the theory of GIS and how this can be successfully incorporated into fieldwork plans. Sessions will include topics on expedition GIS/Raster, how GIS works and how it is used, GIS/RS applications in Ecology, Conservation, Landscapes and Hazards. Practical sessions will then demonstrate a range of GIS software and equipment, including Arc GIS, open source, GPS and Remote Sensing tools, sources of imagery and use of Google Earth.

Three day workshop: Doing field GIS

Participants with a field research project in mind can continue to do a more in depth training weekend in GIS for Expeditions and Fieldwork.

Sessions will include an introduction to ArcGIS, Vector GIS in ESRI ArcMap, Raster GIS in ESRI ArcMap, collecting and bringing data into ArcGIS, Importing data to ArcGIS and analysis, using OSGEO, calculations on maps, raster analysis in OS GIS, building up a GIS dataset for your expedition site, using MAXENT for species distribution modelling, and bringing environmental data into SAGAGIS.

ArcGIS software used on this not-for-profit course has been kindly supplied by ESRI UK. All delegates will receive a copy of the GIS, GPS and Remote Sensing manual, recommended retail priced at £15.

Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London

For further information and future dates in 2015 please contact Geography Outdoors.

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