Course open to: All years
Course Organiser: Dr Mark O’Connell
Course fee for students not funded through the DTP: £280
December registration: https://nercdtp.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/gis-december-2016
Registration deadline: 24 October 2016
February registration: https://nercdtp.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/gis-february-2017
Registration deadline: 16 January 2017
Objective: The course focuses on two key themes: (1) Operation: you will learn the basic structure, operations and functionality of a GIS; (2) Use: though worked examples, you will understand how to use GIS within a research process. The course is aimed at students across all the NERC disciplines.
Composition: Theoretical and practical course with a workshop focussing on how to work with data that the student’s bring in from their own disciplines.
Day 1 – making maps and GIS overview; GIS underlying components and structures; map coordinate systems, projections and datum; satellite and remote sensed data; GIS analytical capabilities.
Day 2 – Working with more advanced functions and tools and QGIS spatial analysis (a series of exercises using different data types and analyses (plus some new tools and functions).
Day 3 – QGIS spatial analysis continued and an overview of more advanced GIS analyses and techniques including species distribution models and landscape change modelling.
Day 4 -Workshop covering the potential for analysing your own data (collected or proposed) and enhancing your research: methods, data requirements, data sources, outputs, etc.