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GIS & Remote Sensing course for Wildlife Managers

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park’s Conservation and Research Center at Washington D.C. is offering a course called “GIS & Remote Sensing for Wildlife Managers” from April 18-22, 2005.

Increasingly, GIS and Remote Sensing have become important tools for decision-making and applied management of natural resources. Many federal agencies and NGOs rely on GIS and satellite data for their work and are starting to produce their own spatial databases. However, there are few training opportunities for wildlife managers to learn the applications of GIS in everyday management situations. The course offers wildlife managers with hands-on experience in collection of data, GIS analysis of data, and map-making using the latest ESRI (ArcGIS) and ERDAS software.

The course participants will learn how to:
* Collect GIS data in the field using survey techniques and GPS.
* Differentially correct GPS data.
* Input GPS data into GIS.
* Input field data into GIS.
* Use GIS for management of large data sets from multiple sources.
* Design and perform analysis using GIS data and spatial analysis techniques.
* Integrate data with ancillary data, such as satellite imagery, aerial photography, and government agency databases.