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One Day GIS Skills Training Courses


As well as providing longer introductory GIS training courses, GIS In Ecology can also be provide one day GIS intensive courses aimed at developing specific GIS skills that ecologists may need to know.  These are aimed at ecologists that already have some GIS knowledge and who know the basics of how to set up a GIS project, but want to advance their skills in a specific area.  Depending on the exact skill set being covered, the courses will either be entirely desk-based, or contain a mix of desk-based and field components. 

The courses will have a maximum number of attendees of 12 and are generally hosted by an institution, research group or organisation, either for their own staff, students and researchers, or others which they have invited along. If you would be interested in hosting a One Day GIS Skills Training Course, please contact to find out more. The courses which are currently available are listed below. However, we can also create custom one day courses to cover specific GIS skills on request.

At the end of each course, all attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and completion. Each certificate is embossed with the GIS In Ecology official stamp to prevent its fraudulent reproduction. In addition, each certificate has its own unique identification number that we will record, along with your name, meaning that we can verify the authenticity of the certificates we issue (and the courses you have completed) on request.

NOTE: One Day GIS Skills Training Courses are currently only available in the UK and Europe.


Currently Available One Day GIS Skills Training Courses

1. Collecting And Analysing Data On Species Home Ranges: This course covers collecting data in the field in a manner to allow it to be entered into a GIS, creating a GIS for your data and using a GIS to analyse home ranges in a number of ways, such as minimum convex polygons and using kernel analysis.  This course will be based around ArcGIS 10.2 software.

2. Using Ordinance Survey OS OpenData To Enhance Your GIS Project: For those who are creating GIS projects based on the UK, the Ordinance Survey OS OpenData offers an extremely useful resource than allows you to integrate much of the information available from traditional OS maps into a GIS without having to go through the fiddly business of digitising them yourself.  This course provides an introduction to accessing and using these data in a GIS project.  This includes information about making new data layers from it, and also dealing with the projection and coordinate systems so that it will integrate seamlessly with data from other sources such as a GPS. This course will be based around ArcGIS 10.2 software.

3. Using A GPS In Ecological Research And Integrating GPS Data Into Your GIS Projects:  Global positioning system (GPS) receivers allow you to collect a lot of spatial information very rapidly.  However, if you wish to be able to integrate this information into a GIS database, you need to ensure that your GPS is set up correctly and that you collect the data in the correct manner.  This course takes you through the basics of using a GPS in ecological research and how to ensure that any data you collect with it is suitable for use in a GIS project. This course will be based around ArcGIS 10.2 software.  You will also need to have the DNR Garmin application loaded onto your computer.  Ideally you should your own GPS, but GPSs will be provided as required.

4. Using Google Earth And Remote Sensing Data In Your GIS Project: Google Earth and other remote sensing data sets can provide information about the environment which ecologists could often not obtain in any other way.  This course will show you where to obtain such information (including sources which are free to access) and how to integrate it into your GIS project and use it in your research. This course will be based around ArcGIS 10.2 software. 

5. Open Source Software Solutions For GIS: The cost of licences for GIS software can be a major limiting factor for ecologists when in comes to using GIS in their research. Open source GIS software offers a potential alternative to having to pay for software licences and allows ecologists to start using GIS at little or no cost.  This course introduces ecologists with some GIS knowledge to a number of open source solutions for GIS and how best to use them to to develop GIS projects in ecological research.  This course will be based around Quantum GIS With GRASS and MapWindow open source GIS software.

6. An Introduction To Model Builder:  Model builder is a component of ArcGIS software that allows the user to create their own customised tools for doing specific GIS tasks.  This is particularly useful if you have to repeatedly do the same task, or if you need a tool to allow less experienced GIS users to be a specific task on their own.  This course will provide an introduction to using Model Builder to construct such tools. This course will be based around ArcGIS 10.2 software.

7. An Introduction To 3D Analyst:  3D Analyst is an extension for  ArcGIS software that allows the user to create three dimensional models from their GIS, and also to create videos that take the viewer on a fly through of these three dimensional models.  This allows the ecological GIS user to see patterns and aspects of their GIS data that would not be as visible using a traditional two dimensional view.  This course provides and introduction to using 3D Analyst in ecological GIS projects. This course will be based around ArcGIS 10.2 software.  You will also need to have a licence for the 3D Analyst extension.

8. Planning And Conducting Transect Surveys For GIS Projects:  Transects are one of the key tools for ecological research, and can provide valuable information for GIS projects.  However, many people find that it is not as easy to incorporate their transect data into a GIS project as it should be.  This is usually because they did not think about how their transect data would be integrated into their GIS from the start.  In addition, taking a GIS project as the starting point for planning your transect surveys (rather than just the end point) will help to ensure that they have a sufficient coverage and placing in order to achieve you aims, and allows you to identify any spatial gaps within your data before you go into the field.  This course provides information about how to plan and conduct transect surveys so that the data collected on them can be integrated into GIS projects with the minimum about of effort. This course will be based around ArcGIS 10.2 software.

9. Making Maps For Reports And Presentations: One of the most common uses of GIS is to create maps for reports and presentations. This course provides training in how to make the most of such maps, including making template maps so that all your maps look identical, making insert maps and multi-part maps, an making custom legends for your data layers. This course will be based around ArcGIS 10.2 software.

If you have a suggestion for a new one day GIS skills course, we would be happy to consider it.  Whether we actually develop a course based on your suggestion will depend on the time we have available and on whether we think that there is sufficient interest to make it a viable course for us to run.  If you wish submit a suggestion, email us at




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