Hands-on GIS for Earth Scientists

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
Course Level
Advanced Bachelor

This course is a hands-on course on GIS: two weeks of practicals in the GIS Lab of the faculty of Geosciences. The following topics will be covered: Working with ArcGIS Pro and Spatial Analyst, Modelbuilder and Python, automatic DEM extraction of stereo aerial photographs using Erdas Imagine eATE and Agisoft, Mobile GIS / GPS data collection, local/global datasets and datatypes, and poster making.

This course will only be taught in a physical setting.

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 Pro, PCRaster. ERDAS/IMAGINE, Lastools, Agisoft.

  • Introduction to GIS theory, including data (types, projections), analyses (vector/raster), mapping; 
  • Modelbuilder/scripting;
  • 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;
  • Dem extraction classic aerial photos and drone images;
  • GPS data collection;
  • Site visit to maproom Utrecht University library.

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.
Course director
Drs. Maarten Zeylmans Van Emmichoven

Aim of the course

In this Hands-on training GIS you will learn the theoretical fundamentals of geospatial data analysis; practical hands-on skills for the use of GIS Mapping with ESRI ArcGIS desktop Collecting and processing of field data using mobile device and portable instruments. You also train yourself in poster making and technical skills, using the computer programmes ESRI platform, ErdasImagine. lastools, pcraster, introduction Python.


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School

Additional information

The housing costs include housing, plus a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag, for you to keep. This sleeping bag also includes an inflatable pillow and matrass cover. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please contact us, so we can give you a € 50 discount on the housing fee. Please note that you cannot buy individual bedding items.

Contact details


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
07 June 2024