Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
The Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program in partnership with the Center for Integrated Spatial Research (CISR) offers a professional training program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Through a set of well defined learning outcomes, this program provides opportunities to individuals seeking to obtain or update their knowledge and skills in the current and emerging geospatial tools and methods.
Individuals attending our workshops will gain broad exposure to the principles and applications of GIS through hands-on application and practical training. Trainings are designed to emphasize skills needed to become effective GIS practitioners, but also offer more focused work tailored to specific career objectives or directions. An individual who has successfully completed our series of workshops will be well-versed in GIS theory and will have knowledge and practical exposure to the following:
- Principles of geospatial technologies including GIS, global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing (satellite and aerial photography), and other related spatial technology.
- Hardware and software used in GIS (with hands-on experience).
- Fundamentals of GIS including spatial modeling, analyses, and statistics.
- Visualization and cartographic representation of data, i.e. the art and science of map-making.
The program offers a suite of workshops designed to provide in-depth instruction on geospatial technology and advanced techniques related to GIS. All workshops are hosted by CISR at UCSC and designed as intense 2-3 day trainings scheduled for eight hours (8:30am-5:30pm) each day. Trainings are held in CISR’s state-of-the-art training facility, a smart classroom specializing in spatial technology, software applications, and data and designed for individual computer access. Workshops are offered on weekends (Fri-Sun) to facilitate attendance of full-time professionals, who often have schedule restrictions. There are no formal assessments (tests, quizzes, or papers): course completion is based on attendance each day and finishing the assigned work during the class.
- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems: basic principles of GIS including spatial data structures and sources, spatial tools, spatial data display and query, map generation, and basic spatial analysis using ArcGIS software.
- Data Acquisition in GIS: acquisition, management, conversion, analysis, and creation of spatial data
- Geodatabase Design and Modeling: covers the essential concepts of the geodatabase, the native data storage format for ArcGIS, and explores its advanced functionality that allows for more realistic representation of spatial data
- Cartographic Design for GIS I: focuses on the fundamentals of cartographic design including map design, production, and visualization.
- Introduction to Remote Sensing: basic principles, techniques and applications of remote sensing including basic air photo interpretation, image display, image transformations, image classification and data acquisition
- Advanced Remote Sensing: a continuation of the introduction to remote sensing focused on advanced topics on remotely sensed data and image classification.
- Introduction to Spatial Analysis and Modeling: covers the analysis and modeling of spatial data using geoprocessing tools and the geoprocessing framework.
ELECTIVE WORKSHOPS (in development)
- Cartographic Design for GIS II: a continuation of the introduction to cartographic design workshop covering more advanced topics and cartographic techniques.
- Intermediate Spatial Analysis and Modeling: a continuation of the introduction to spatial analysis workshop covering more advanced topics and tools, including building geoprocessing models
- Statistical Modeling in GIS: basic application of statistical models to spatial data with emphasis on statistics that incoporate or quantify space directly.
- Global Positioning Systems (GPS): basic principles and application of global positioning systems and its use in GIS
- Programming and Scripting in GIS: basic application of programming and scripting to leverage and extend the ArcGIS geoprocessing framework using Python
- GIS in Wetland Science: covers the application of GIS to wetland science and management.
- GIS in Ecology and Conservation: covers the application of GIS to ecological and conservation quetions.
|Center for Integrated Spatial Research
|Nov 09 10|