Hands-on GIS for Earth Scientists

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Geosciences
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 560.00
Advanced Bachelor

This course is a hands-on course on GIS: 2 weeks of practical’s in the GIS Lab of the faculty of Geosciences. The following topics will be covered: Working with ArcGIS Desktop (ArcInfo) and Spatial Analyst, Modelbuilder and Python, automatic DEM extraction of stereo aerial photographs using Erdas Imagine eAte, Mobile GIS / GPS data collection, local and global datasets, and poster making.

In this “hands on” course the emphasis lays on working with GIS and existing spatial datasets (national and global) together with a theoretical embedding. The software used is ESRI ArcGIS desktop, pcraster. ERDAS/IMAGINE, Lastools.

Introduction to GIS theory, including data (types, projections), analyses (vector/raster), mapping.

General software training using parts of the ESRI virtual campus courses and more specific instructions on software and data.

Mapping exercises with existing data. Study areas will include fieldwork study areas

GPS data collection.

At the end of the course participants will present a poster with all the data of a topic of their choice.

Development of Transferable Skills

Hands-on training GIS.

Poster making: A0 poster
Technical skills: using the computer programmes ESRI platform, ErdasImagine. lastools, pcraster, introduction python.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Drs. Maarten Zeylmans Van Emmichoven

Course aim

Learning the theoretical fundamentals of geospatial data analysis
Learning practical hands-on skill for the use of GIS
Mapping with ESRI ArcGIS desktop
Collecting and processing of field data using mobile device and portable instruments


Course fee
€ 560.00
Housing fee
€ 350.00

Housing through Utrecht Summer School


There are no scholarships available for this course

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Application deadline: 01 June 2019