Final Call For GIS Courses For Marine Biologists In January 2017

21 Dec

This is the final call for the GIS courses we will be running in January 2017. These courses are ‘An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology’ and ‘An Introduction To Species Distribution Modelling In The Marine Environment’, and will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, between the 16th and 20th of January 2017. They will be taught by Dr Colin D. MacLeod, who has more than 15 years experience in using GIS for a wide variety of biological purposes and is the author of the ‘An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology’ series of books.

1. An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology, 16th – 18th January 2017, Glasgow, Scotland: This three day course covers the basics of how to use GIS in marine biological research and is aimed at those who have little or no experience in using GIS, but who wish to learn. It consists of a series of background and practical sessions (using the freely available open source GIS software package QGIS or the commercially available ArcGIS software package) which will provide all the information needed to start successfully using GIS in marine biology, and it is taught in the type of language marine biologists will be familiar with. Cost: £395 (£300 for students, unwaged and those working for NGOs). For more information and to complete the online booking form, visit: http://www.GISinEcology.com/Training_Course_Glasgow_January_2017.htm. Alternatively, you can email info@GISinEcology.com.

2. An Introduction To Species Distribution Modelling In The Marine Environment, 19th – 20th January 2017, Glasgow, Scotland: This two day course follows on from the introductory GIS course and provides all the information required to start using Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) in the marine environment in a practical and biologically meaningful way. In a series of background sessions, case studies and practical exercises, it covers how to create data layers of species distribution, how to select and create raster data layers of environmental variables, such as water depth, how to join information on species distribution to environmental information, how to export data from a GIS project for analysis in a statistical package, such as R, how to create spatial visualisations based on a statistical model and how to validate the spatial predictions of a model. The practical sessions work through a species distribution modelling project based on real marine survey data from start to finish. Cost: £295 (£200 for students, unwaged and those working for NGOs). This course can be done with either the freely available open source GIS software package QGIS or the commercially available ArcGIS software package. For more information and to complete the online booking form, visit: http://www.GISinEcology.com/Training_Course_SDM_January_2017.htm. Alternatively, you can email info@GISinEcology.com. Note: This course requires a basic knowledge of GIS (as covered in the above introductory GIS course) and how to use ArcGIS or QGIS GIS software.

Attendance on each course will be limited to a maximum of 16 people. To attend either course, you must bring your own laptop computer and with the appropriate GIS software pre-installed on it. At the end of the course, all attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and completion.

The courses will be held in central Glasgow at the IET Glasgow Teacher Building (14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB, UK). Glasgow has great transport links and is within half a days travel by car or by fast train links from most cities in the UK. For example, it can be reached in as little as 4h 30mins from London by train. It can also be reached by direct flights from many European cities and the flight time is generally under four hours.Attendees will be responsible for their own accommodation. However, Glasgow provides a wide range of accommodation options to fit most budgets.

For more information on other upcoming courses from GIS In Ecology, visit: http://www.GISinEcology.com/training_courses.htm.

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