January 21, 2006

Opportunity - Exploring Marine GIS: An ArcGIS Field and Lab Course

I just got wind of this interesting opportunity from the folks at the Coastal Ecosystems Research Foundation (BC, Canada). An exciting opportunity is now available to attend a course titled: Exploring Marine GIS: An ArcGIS Field and Lab Course
Think of it as an immersion week in geospatial sciences and marine biology in San Ignacio Lagoon, Mexico, March 6-12, 2006. The cost,  $1,399.00 per person. This week long adventure is for both beginning and advanced GIS users, and will also be suitable for those with some experience looking to integrate GIS into their own conservation projects or professional work. The workshop will include 2 days of instructor led training covering an "Introduction to ArcGIS 9", using ESRI training materials and taught by an ESRI authorized instructor.  Participants will integrate these skills and perform exercises in an exploration of the Marine Data Model, and discover how data modeling is used in GIS.  In addition, participants will work side by side with CERF's graduate students and marine mammal biologists, collecting data on the distribution, behavior and ecology of gray whales occupying winter breeding grounds. The course will include data collection in the lagoon and the opportunity to learn how to use some of the tools used by marine mammal scientists, digital images, image processing software, CERF's 10 year photo identification catalog, GPS units and underwater sonar tracking devices will all be incorporated in the field work sessions.  Participants will contribute to CERF's ongoing research projects, study the concepts of data modeling and management, learn and integrate the skills used in photo id cataloging, participate in behavioral monitoring of gray whale mothers and calves and learn the basic requirements for creating a working geodatabase for conservation planning.  Additionally, those with ongoing projects or datasets are encouraged to bring their work with them, as we will have a Data Modeler and GIS Consultant on hand to work with these participants. For the full announcement - See also http://cerf.bc.ca/baja/whales.asp

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