Intermediate QGIS for Ecologists and Environmental Practitioners

Summary

This intermediate level event focuses on using QGIS as a tool for data analysis and producing more complex maps accurately and efficiently. The course offers ideal progression from our entry level QGIS training and includes some pre-event work to help ensure all delegates have a similar level of QGIS knowledge prior to attendance.

Description

Sessions will explore how to quickly and efficiently digitise complex maps and how to correct digitising errors using a range of QGIS tools and plugins. Users will be learn how to geo-reference scanned maps so they can use their own maps to create backdrops for their QGIS project and how to download and use Open Street Map data.

Much of the event focuses on using QGIS as a tool for data analysis including querying data to create subsets of features from layers and analysing spatial relationships between features. For example we show how buffering and nearest neighbour analysis can be used to establish how far a bat roost is from key features in the landscape.

The event is suitable for anyone who is proficient at basic map production (e.g. habitat maps) and wishes to use QGIS for more advanced tasks such as producing complex maps and for analysing environmental data. The training consolidates and builds on many of the topics introduced in our entry level QGIS training. Ideally delegates will have attended an introductory course and should be familiar with all basic functions including loading vector and raster data, basic symbology including categorizing data, basic point, line and polygon digitizing and using the Print Composer to create maps.

The event will combine demonstration with exercises to consolidate learning after every session. There will be some pre-event work to help to ensure all delegates have a similar level of QGIS knowledge prior to attendance.

Delegates should bring their own laptop pre-loaded with QGIS and relevant plug ins. Further details will be provided prior to the training.

Who Should Attend?

Ecological Consultants, Wildlife Trusts, Land Managers, Rangers, Statutory Agency staff, conservation practitioners, students.

Knowledge Level

Intermediate

Prior Knowledge

Attendees should have attended the Introduction to QGIS training and / or hold a good basic working knowledge of QGIS including the ability to carry out the following operations: create projects from existing vector and raster data, symbolise layers, digitise points, lines and polygons, create vector data from GPS/Excel files, use Print Composer to create maps.

Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate data from and export data to other GIS systems, AutoCAD and GPS and use table Joins to link existing shapefiles with spreadsheets
  • Analyse ecological data by using geoprocessing tools including buffering around features and carrying out nearest neighbour analysis
  • Interrogate ecological data by carrying out queries using a combination of Spatial Query, Select by expression & Field Calculator
  • Reduce and resolve vector topology problems such as polygon gaps, overlaps and slivers using Snapping, Validity Checker and the QGIS GRASS plugin
  • Georeference scanned maps and other raster data for use in QGIS
  • Improve speed and accuracy of digitising polygons using Advanced Digitising Tools
  • Download and use data from free Web Mapping and Feature Services (WMS/WFS) including Open Street Map

Refreshments

Refreshments will be provided throughout each day of training. Lunch is not provided.

How to Apply

To book your place:

  • Visit our website
  • Email enquiries@cieem.net
  • Call us on 01962 868626

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Key Information

Start date:

26th October 2017 at 10:00am

Cost:

CIEEM Member: £220 | Non-Member: £360

Organisation:

CIEEM

Type:

Short

Sectors:

Biodiversity, Ecology, Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Policy & Legislation, Sustainability

Location:

Middlesex, United Kingdom

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