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COAST Marine Geospatial Workshop at CSUMB January 17-19 2013

The COAST Geospatial Network will host a workshop on geospatial techniques and data analysis in the marine environment at CSU Monterey Bay January 17-19 2013. The workshop will focus on marine geospatial data collection techniques and analysis and their application to biological and ecological research questions. Training in the use of advanced geospatial technologies (e.g. LIDAR, multibeam bathymetry, 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 Drs. Corey Garza and Rikk Kvitek of CSU Monterey Bay and Dr. Scott Shaffer 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 (see Draft Schedule below). 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.

Elkhorn Slough map

To sign up for the workshop, contact:

Beth Pardieck
Phone: (831) 582-4209

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

Academic faculty members from any higher learning institution, their 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, but will be limited to two participants from any single organization or school. Students should only attend with their faculty advisor. The workshop will be limited to approximately 25 individuals. Participants will be reimbursed for travel expenses following the workshop (up to $350 on average).

Draft Schedule

Jan. 17 6:00-9:00 pm Workshop Participant Mixer (Location TBD)
Jan. 18 8:30 am-12:30 pm Field Collection Sessions, Station Spatial Station Laser Scanner, Corey Garza CSUMB (Point Lobos or Elkhorn Slough)
12:30-1:30 pm Boxed lunches in the field
2:00-5:30 pm Data Processing (CSUMB Computer Lab)
6:00-9:00 pm Group Dinner (Monterey)
Jan. 19 9:00 am–12:00 pm Analysis of animal movement data, Scott Shaffer SJSU (CSUMB GIS Lab)
12:00-1:00 pm Boxed lunches (CSUMB)
1:00-4:00 pm Visualization and analysis of shallow subtidal data, Rikk Kvitek CSUMB (CSUMB GIS Lab)
4:00 pm Workshop concludes

Funding for this workshop is provided by