2017 SCGIS 20th Annual Conference

Jul 16, 2017 to Jul 19, 2017, Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey CA

Pre-Conference workshops: Sunday July 16, 2017

Workshops

Laptops with ArcGIS software will be provided

An Introduction to Predictive Land-use Change Modeling using Open-source Software

July 16, 2017 9:00am

Venue: Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey CA

Lead(s): Max Wright (Visit Website)

Fees: Student $70   Member $80  Non-Member $120

In the training participants will learn the basic concepts of predictive spatial modeling, why spatial modeling is important, and how models can be applied. The training will utilize open source software (QGIS) and freely available plug-ins. The goal by the end of the training is that participants understand how spatial modeling works and would be able to run a basic model.

Introduction to ArcGIS Pro

July 16, 2017 9:00am

Venue: Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey CA

Lead(s): Miriam Schmidts  (Visit Website)

Fees: Student $70   Member $80  Non-Member $120

ArcGIS Pro is designed to simplify desktop GIS workflows while providing new and exciting capabilities. This workshop introduces fundamental ArcGIS Pro concepts and prepares you to be productive right away. You will learn about the major components of ArcGIS Pro and new features related to mapping and visualization, editing, and analysis.

An Introduction to Species Distribution Modeling in The Marine Environment

July 16, 2017 9:00am

Venue: Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey CA

Lead(s): Michelle Kinzel

Fees: Student $70   Member $80  Non-Member $120

Species distribution modelling (also known as habitat modelling, predictive habitat modelling, ecological niche modelling, habitat suitability modelling and essential habitat modelling) is becoming increasingly widely used in marine biology. This course aims to provide an introduction to the concept and application of species distribution modelling (SDM) in the marine environment, and how to integrate species distribution modelling with GIS. This includes selection of environmental variables, the creation of raster data layers of environmental variables in a GIS-based environment, processing survey data in GIS, creating spatial visualizations and predictions from SDMs and validating the predictive ability of SDMs. The practical sessions will involve working through a complete SDM project from start to finish, including the creation of an SDM using generalized additive modelling (GAM). The course assumes that you have at least a basic knowledge of GIS, and is not aimed at complete beginners. NOTE: When you attend this course you will receive a free copy of An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology: Supplementary Workbook Three - Integrating GIS And Species Distribution Modelling as the practical exercises in that course are based on the ones contained in that book.

Introduction to QGIS

July 16, 2017 9:00am

Venue: Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey CA

Lead(s): Kurt Menke, GISP

Fees: Student $70   Member $80  Non-Member $120

This workshop will introduce you to QGIS, an alternative open source desktop GIS software for viewing, editing, and managing spatial data. QGIS is a rapidly evolving software that can be installed on Windows, Mac and Linux. Attendees will learn: A) What is open source and how do I get help, B) The basic layout of QGIS, C) How to work with common file formats, including Esri File Geodatabases and SpatiaLite geodatabases, D) How to style data, including some techniques only available in QGIS, E) How to compose maps, F) How to work with plugins and G) How to do some basic geoprocessing including using the Graphical Modeler.

It will be assumed that the audience has some familiarity with ArcGIS, so there will be a focus on, “How do I do that in QGIS?” By the end of the workshop you will have an understanding of how well suited QGIS is to be a primary GIS software. Students will need to bring a laptop with QGIS loaded. Instructions for installing QGIS will be sent prior to the workshop and workshop data will be provided on site.