[MARMAM] GIS Field Course in Scotland

Dr Kevin Robinson kev.robinson at crru.org.uk
Tue Mar 4 01:23:58 PST 2014


Teaming up with GIS In Ecology once again in 2014, the Cetacean Research &
Rescue Unit (CRRU) is offering a further 11 day residential cetacean field
course at their field base in Gardenstown in northeast Scotland, from 6 to
16 October.

 

The course will incorporate a custom-designed 3-4 day GIS module (including
course manuals and materials) from GIS In Ecology (www.GISinEcology.com)
taught by Dr. Colin MacLeod/Dr. Michael Tetley, both renowned experts in
using GIS in ecological research. It will consist of a series of background
and practical sessions covering the use of GIS in cetacean and marine
research. Practical elements will include learning how to collect field data
at sea and how to import this data into a Geographic Information System to
investigate the spatial and temporal distribution of identified species and
analyse the home ranges of known individual animals. A combination of ESRI's
ArcGIS 10.1 software and an open-source (and licence free) alternative will
be used in this regard, and a uniquely numbered and verifiable certificate
of completion for this GIS module of the course will be provided.

 

Additional aspects of this course will include basic instruction in power
boat handling, safety at sea and competent crew ability; cetacean
identification, taxonomy and nomenclature; photo-identification procedures
and mark capture-recapture analyses for bottlenose dolphins and minke
whales; an introduction to relational databases and computer-assisted
matching software; assessment, first aid administration and methods used in
the care, transport and rescue of stranded cetaceans; and practical methods
for the re-floatation of live stranded whales and dolphins

 

In short, you will have the opportunity to learn about these mammals and
their dynamic marine environment first hand, working closely alongside a
dedicated and knowledgeable research team. As you participate in the CRRU's
ongoing field studies, you will learn and apply the principles of field
research design, data collection and analyses, undertake training in marine
mammal rescue techniques, and gain a personal understanding of the
conservation issues which drive current research, rescue and conservation
activities by cetacean biologists. 

 

The cost for this internship course is £1,250 [ <http://www.xe.com> for a
currency converter, click here], which includes full board (i.e. all
accommodation and food costs), your full equipment needs (immersion suits,
wet boots etc for boat trips), associated course materials and hand-outs,
and all associated field costs during your stay with the CRRU team. You will
simply need to arrange your own travel itinerary to Banff in northeast
Scotland (nearest airport Dyce, Aberdeen, approx. 1½ hours from the field
base by coach) plus any personal spending money.

 

For further details and conditions, please visit
<http://www.crru.org.uk/join_the_team.asp>
http://www.crru.org.uk/join_the_team.asp. Just 10 places are available for
each of these exclusive GIS field teams, so immediate booking is advised. To
request a booking form etc, email  <mailto:kev.robinson at crru.org.uk>
kev.robinson at crru.org.uk.

 

Additional dates for standard CRRU courses (without the GIS element) are
also available and are listed at  <http://www.crru.org.uk/join_the_team.asp>
http://www.crru.org.uk/join_the_team.asp at a lower rate of £895. 

Founded in 1997, the CRRU boasts over 70 scientific publications to date (
<http://www.crru.org.uk/publications.asp>
http://www.crru.org.uk/publications.asp). In cooperation with universities,
research institutions and other environmental organisations, current studies
focus on the key coastal cetacean species frequenting the outer Moray Firth
in NE Scotland - namely the bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and the
minke whale -providing robust scientific data for the adoption of management
measures and effective conservation strategies for their future protection.

Dr. Kevin Robinson 

Director, CRRU 

 <mailto:kev.robinson at crru.org.uk> kev.robinson at crru.org.uk 

 

Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit, PO Box 11307, Banff, AB45 3WB, Scotland, UK
| ( +44 (0)1261 851696 |  <http://www.crru.org.uk/> www.crru.org.uk

Whale and  Dolphin Research | Environmental Educational Outreach | Marine
Wildlife Rescue | Consultancy | MMO Services

 

Recognised Scottish Charity No. SC 035473

 

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