Published: Sept. 15, 2016
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Date: 1:00 pm, Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Where: East Campus, SEEC C120, just north of the auditorium

Instructor: William Armstrong, Department of Geological Sciences and Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research

Description: In this workshop, we will cover scripting geospatial data processing in Python, with an aim towards remote sensing and GIS applications. After this one-hour clinic, participants will be able to manipulate and perform basic analyses on raster and vector data in a programming environment. Skills covered in this workshop are especially useful for automating GIS workflows and performing complex analyses on large geospatial datasets. Some familiarity with Python or programming is a bonus but not required.

You will need to bring your own laptop. In order to allow as much time as possible for teaching and learning, we ask that you install Anaconda on your device before the workshop. Anaconda is a free, open source platform for Python that you can download for Windows, Mac, or Linux, and it’s available here: We will be working with Python 2.7, so be sure to select that version when downloading.

Python is a general-purpose, versatile and popular programming language. It's great as a first language because it is concise and easy to read, and it is also a good language to have in any programmer's stack as it can be used for everything from web development to software development and scientific applications.

If you have any questions, or cannot bring a laptop but would still like to participate, contact Elise at