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Online Workshops

Register now for the 2024 Online Workshops!

These workshops are available to everyone, regardless of conference attendance.

Online Workshop fees: $40 for members, $25 for student members, and $50 for non-members

Day, time (EDT) Workshop


5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

How to Use and Analyze Geospatial Data for Climate Research and Teaching

Instructor: Joseph Kerski (Esri)

Date: 8/16/24 (2.5h; 5:00pm - 7:30pm Eastern)

Experience level of participants:Intermediate level of GIS expertise would be preferred; however, the course will be structured so that even those with no experience in GIS will benefit.

Description: What are the key ways in which GIS and geospatial workflows can be used to identify and analyze climate data for research and teaching?  These workflows, data, and tools will be examined with a focus on extreme urban heat. Where does extreme heat occur, how does tree cover affect heat, and how do we determine the vulnerable populations affected? After describing the topics, workflows will be demonstrated, case studies shown, and data sources discussed. This workshop will feature hands-on components using ArcGIS Online. Woven through the course are discussions and short activities touching on scale, data quality, ethics, and greater societal implications.


5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Spatial and Imagery Analysis in ArcGIS Pro

Instructor: Miriam Schmidts (Esri)

Date: 8/23/24 (2.5h; 5:00pm - 7:30pm Eastern)

Experience level of participants: No requirements.

Description: In this workshop, we will explore different raster and imagery analysis workflows, starting with cost distance analysis, building a model to connect mountain lion habitats. We will then look into raster suitability analysis to prioritize conservation areas, perform change detection and finish with an image classification workflow using deep learning. The format will consist of presentations and live demonstrations. Hands-on tutorials for ArcGIS Pro will be provided for all of the workflows, but may need to be completed after the workshop has ended.


2:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Python Basics for Environmental Specialists, Part 1 and Part 2

Instructor: Aleksandr Zudkin (SCGIS Ru)

Date: 8/31/24 (4.5h; 2:00pm - 6:30pm Eastern)

Experience level of participants: No requirements. Note that participants should install Python and any IDE (Jupyter Notebook, VSC, PyCharm etc.) on their computers prior to the training. Participants must have Windows 10 or higher to support Python requirements for this training.

Description: This workshop will help users become acquainted with Python and feel more confident in Python programming. The main objectives of the workshop are: 1) Cover basic constructions and objects - variables, functions, loops, basic data types (int, float, str, list, tuple, dict) and operations; 2) Solve several practical cases to develop basic skills and make small module in GIS case; 3) A few notebooks with homework will be provided to consolidate your skills.

This workshop is best suited for beginner level.