Geo-Computation and Environmental Analysis Workshop

The Course

The Geo-Computation and Environmental Analysis Workshop is a 5-day immersion workshop focused on developing key skills required for advanced spatial data processing. 

The course will be led by Giuseppe Amatulli Ph.D., Geospatial researcher in the School of Forestry, and Stephen Weston, HPC support specialist in the YCRC.

Students will be guided through the use of a command line interface using advanced open source data processing routines for geo-computation in Linux environment. 

Aimed at researchers and professionals with a keen interest in spatio-temporal data analysis and modeling, this course sets the basis for follow up courses in how to use of High Performance Computing in the area of geo-spatial science. 

Required Materials

Attendees should have:

  • Solid basic computer skills
  • A strong interest on geographical data analyses
  • Laptops, with a minimum of 4GB RAM and 30GB free disk space, will be required. 
  • Previous experience and understanding in Geographic Information Systems and light scripting is helpful although not necessary.

Agenda by Day


Day 1:

Introduction / OSGeo-live operating system (GA)

Linux bash programming (GA)

Day 2:

R basic and intermediate (JB, BP)

Introduction to python (SW)

Day 3:

Introduction to GDAL/OGR - PKTOOLS. (GA)

Explore and work with your geographic data using GDAL/OGR - PKTOOLS (GA,BP,JB)

Day 4:

Introduction to GRASS (GA)

Using Python for GIS and Remote Sensing operations (SW)

Day 5:

Working on students personal data (GA, BP, JB, SW)

Batch processing data using GRASS (GA) TBD (optional)

GIS and RS with R (BP) TBD (optional)

Parallel processing in R (BP) (optional)


Lunch breaks at 12:30 - 1:30pm

Course Material

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