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Introduction to Ecological Mapping with Open Source GIS

10 - 11 April 2014, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

9.30am - 5.30pm

Booking closed


The course will begin with an introduction to GIS.  Basic GIS concepts will be explained and explored.   Environmental data sources that are easily available will be introduced (e.g. GoogleEarth & Bing aerial photography, Natura 2000 site boundary layers, other National Parks and Wildlife Service datasets, river basins, bedrock geology).  The open source GIS that will be used will be QGIS 2.0.  The QGIS interface will be introduced and participants will learn how to open, explore and query data layers.  Creating ecological data layers with QGIS will be covered, including point records of species and habitat mapping.  Attribute table creation and management will also be covered.  Best practice in GIS data creation will be emphasised, including metadata.  How to prepare maps for presentation in reports using QGIS will be introduced.

Participants must bring their own laptop with internet capability over the hotel’s wi-fi.  A conventional mouse (i.e. not a tracker ball device) with left and right mouse buttons should also be brought.



Who should attend?

Ecologists who wish to learn how to incorporate GIS into their working practices, but who lack the means or institutional support to avail of the more expensive, commercial GIS packages.

No prior knowledge of the subject is required.

Learning Outcomes

1.   Display and query existing ecological data sources

2.   Create (digitise) species records and habitat maps

3.  Create and manage attribute data

4.  Prepare maps for inclusion in reports

 CIEEM Competence Themes

1. Scientific Method
Sub themes: Analysis; Implementation; Interpretation and reporting

2. Information Management
Sub themes: Data and document management; Numeracy


George Smith MCIEEM


Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath


CIEEM members £180  (£160 if booked before 16 February 2014)

Non members £360 (£320 if booked before 16 February 2014)

The course fee does not include accommodation

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Date 10 Apr 2014 - 09:30
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Telephone 01962 868626