GIS Intermediate


Target Audience:

Biologists, ecologists, and planners.

Summary and Objectives:

This course is the next logical progression after mastering the fundamentals of ArcMap. During this 4.5-day course, participants develop essential geographic information system skill sets and methodologies that will help conservation practitioners manage spatial data, perform spatial analyses, and automate tasks. Concise presentations are followed by real-world lab exercises with data from the field. Participants will be introduced to data management best practices, data preparation, and geoprocessing tools and will learn how to acquire the appropriate raster data for their project. Participants will also learn how to automate complex processing steps using Model Builder and how to share their data and maps with other cooperating programs and partners online.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and repair spatial reference issues commonly associated with geospatial data sets.
  • Manage spatial and tabular data with geodatabases.
  • Import data from other programs, such as R and MS Access.
  • Explore and use ArcToolbox to locate specific geoprocessing tools.
  • Employ basic geoprocessing overlay and extraction techniques.
  • Explore and use the Model Builder interface to build simple to complex models.
  • Identify and acquire raster data sets used for land cover classification and habitat analysis.
  • Share geospatial data and maps using Google Earth and ArcGIS Online.
  • Build expressions in Raster Calculator to create new raster layers.
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