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COAST Marine Geospatial Workshop at CSUMB March 19-21, 2015

The COAST Geospatial Network will host a workshop on geospatial techniques and data analysis in the marine environment at CSU Monterey Bay March 19-21, 2015. The workshop will focus on marine geospatial data collection and statistical analysis and application to biological and ecological research questions. Training in the use of advanced geospatial technologies (e.g. LIDAR, survey grade GPS) that can be used in the management and conservation of California’s coastal resources will be provided.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Corey Garza and Mr. Dan Orr of CSU Monterey Bay and Dr. Shannon Bros-Seemann of SJSU. The workshop will follow a field-to-finish format where participants will spend one day in the field learning geospatial data acquisition techniques followed by one day in the lab processing and analyzing the data. Participants in the workshop must have entry-level GIS experience. Those without GIS experience will be provided with access to an online ESRI training module that must be completed prior to the start of the workshop.

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To register for the workshop, contact:
Winn McEnery
Phone: (707) 832-2091

For workshop information, contact:
Dr. Corey Garza
Division of Science and Environmental Policy
California State University, Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA, 93955
Phone: (831) 582-3024

Draft Schedule

March 19 6:00 - 9:00 pm Workshop participant mixer (Location TBD)
March 20 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Field data acquisition
12:00 - 1:00 pm Boxed lunches in the field
2:00 - 5:00 pm GIS modeling
6:00 - 9:00 pm Group dinner (Monterey)
March 21 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Data analysis in R
12:00 - 1:00 pm Boxed lunches (CSUMB)
1:00 - 4:00 pm Data analysis in MGET
4:00 pm Workshop concludes

Academic faculty members from any higher learning institution, graduate students, and staff of state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations with a presence in California are invited to participate. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to two participants from any single organization or school. Students may not attend without their faculty advisor.

The workshop will be limited to approximately 25 individuals. Funds will be available to CSU participants to help defray travel costs.

To register for the workshop, contact Winn McEnery at Registrants will be contacted by March 3 to re-confirm their participation. On March 5, any unfilled or unconfirmed slots will be given to those on the waiting list.

Support for this workshop is provided by

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