[MARMAM] New Online Training Course - An Introduction To Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) In The Marine Environment, 24th - 27th August 2020

cdmacleod at gisinecology.com cdmacleod at gisinecology.com
Tue Jul 21 14:36:22 PDT 2020

New Online Training Course - An Introduction To Species Distribution
Modelling (SDM) In The Marine Environment, 24th - 27th August 2020 

Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) can be used to predict a species
distribution across a wide area from more limited set of survey data. As
a result, it has become an integral part of many marine mammal
conservation and management strategies. However, implementing an SDM
project in a biological meaningful way is not always as easy as it at
first seems. 

_GIS In Ecology_ will be holding a new online training course on Species
Distribution Modelling in the Marine Environment between the 24th and
27th of August 2020. It will be held using the Zoom video-conferencing
platform, and will consist of four three-hour sessions. One session will
need to be completed each day. However, you will have a choice of
completing it between 10:00 and 13:00 British Summer (primarily for
those living in Europe, Asia and Africa) or 18:00 to 21:00 British
Summer Time (primarily for those living in North and South America).
This choice of time slots for each session allows participants from as
wide a range of time zones to participate in the course.

Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 20 people. The fees for this
course are GBP 250 per person (with a discounted rate of GBP 195 for
students, the unwaged and those working for registered charities). To
book a place on it, or for more information, visit  the course's
dedicated webpage at
 Alternatively, you can email info at GISinEcology.com with the subject
line Introductory Online SDM Course August 2020.

This course will be taught by Dr Colin D. MacLeod, the author of _An
Introduction To Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) Using QGIS and R_
[1] and a renowned expert in using species distribution modelling in the
marine environment. It is aimed at those who want to learn how to
integrate GIS into their species distribution modelling projects. The
course assumes that you have at least a basic knowledge of GIS, and is
not aimed at complete beginners (if you are a complete beginner, you can
attend our introductory online GIS course which will be held between the
17th and 20th of August 2020 [2]). 

Each three-hour session will consist of a background talk covering a
specific topic, followed by practical exercises based on instructions
from one of our workbooks. While you are encouraged to remain online
during the practical sessions, you can choose to go off-line as you work
though the exercises (or if you need to take a break). However, if you
have any questions, the course instructor will be available for you to
ask any questions you wish at any point. 

Species distribution modelling (also known as habitat modelling,
predictive habitat modelling, ecological niche modelling, habitat
suitability modelling and essential habitat modelling) is becoming
increasingly widely used in marine biology. This course aims to provide
an introduction to the concept and practical application of species
distribution modelling (SDM) in the marine environment, and how to
integrate species distribution modelling with GIS. This includes
selection of environmental variables, the creation of raster data layers
of environmental variables in a GIS-based environment, processing survey
data in GIS, creating spatial visualisations and predictions from SDMs,
and validating the predictive ability of SDMs. The practical sessions
will involve working through a complete SDM project using an existing
data set from start to finish, including creating an SDM using
Generalised Additive Modelling (GAM). This means you do not need have
your own data to attend. The practical sessions will be conducted in
QGIS (our recommended option) or ArcGIS, and R (but no prior experience
with R is required). 

When you attend this course you will receive a free copy of _An
Introduction To Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) Using QGIS And R
(GIS For Biologists Workbooks) _ [1]as the practical exercises in that
course are based on the ones contained in that book. NOTE: If you wish
to use ArcGIS software for this course, the older ArcGIS version of this
workbook (_An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology -
Supplementary Workbook Three_) will be provided instead. 

At the end of the course, all attendees will receive a certificate of
attendance and completion. Each certificate is embossed with the GIS In
Ecology official stamp to prevent its fraudulent reproduction. In
addition, each certificate has its own unique identification number that
we will record, along with your name, meaning that we can verify the
authenticity of the certificates we issue (and the course you have
completed) on request. 

To attend this course, you must have your own laptop computer with an
appropriate GIS software package installed on it. Our recommended GIS
software for this course is the freely available QGIS software. For
those wishing to use QGIS, you will need to download and install QGIS
2.8.3 (for those using Windows computers) or 2.8.4 (for those using
Macs) rather than the latest version. The best way to download the
correct version of QGIS for this course is to use the links on our GIS
For Biologists webpage, which can be found here [3]. If you would prefer
to use ESRI's ArcGIS software instead of GIS, this can be accommodated,
but please let us know at the time of booking that this is the option
you would like to use. 

In addition, you will also need to have spreadsheet software, such as
Excel, on your computer. Finally, you will also need a working copy of
the free statistical software package called R. This can be downloaded
from here. 
GIS IN ECOLOGY - Providing Training, Advice And Consultancy On The Use
Of GIS In Ecology

Web: www.GISinEcology.com [4] Email: info at GISinEcology.com

Need to ask a question about using GIS? Try the GIS In Ecology Forum:
www.GISinEcology.com/GIS_in_Ecology_forum.htm [5]

Books From GIS In Ecology Staff:

GIS For Biologists: A Practical Introduction For Undergraduates; RRP:
An Introduction To Integrating QGIS And R For Spatial Analysis; RRP:
An Introduction To Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) Using QGIS And
R; RRP: £19:99 

If you wish to purchase these books, visit:

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[3] http://gisinecology.com/gis-for-biologists/
[4] http://www.GISinEcology.com
[5] http://www.GISinEcology.com/GIS_in_Ecology_forum.htm
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