UNIGIS Workshop: Utilizing GIS for Ecological Modelling

ISEM 2019, Salzburg, Austria
Facilitators: Christoph Traun, Gudrun Wallentin, Josef Strobl

Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things. Integrating spatial aspects like neighbourhood, distance, visibility, solar radiation etc. in ecological models requires spatial data and – since spatial is special – basic GIS-skills to adequately handle them.

Date: October 1, 2019Venue: Salzburg Congress Centre
11:00-12:30Data sources and preprocessing
12:30-13:30Lunch
13:30-15:30GIS data analysis
15:30-17:00Creating (online) maps

Layout of Course:

  1. Data preparation
    1. Sources for spatial data
      • Where to find data for climate, vegetation, species observation data, etc.
      • Making use of web-services, spatial file formats and geo-databases
    2. Harmonise spatial data from different sources / coordinate systems
      • Coordinate systems and selecting an adequate spatial reference system
      • Harmonising data from multiple sources
    3. GIS data analyses for ecological problems
      1. Explorative analysis: select, buffer, filter, join and aggregate
      2. Kernel density and hotspot analysis
      3. Landscape analysis
  2. Creating publishable maps of analysis results
    1. Design criteria, adequate colour schemes, and map elements
    2. Making use of powerful online GIS to explore, analyse and geovisualise data

Course participants are not required to have prior experience with GIS software. However, with a basic working knowledge, you will get most out of this workshop. There will be hands-on assistance during the practical parts of the course.

This course is delivered by lecturers of the UNIGIS distance-learning programs for geoinformatics: https://unigis.net/salzburg.