To support and enhance the delivery of face-to-face GIS Training we have developed an online resource which presents a wide array of training and support resources to people involved in catchment management planning, landscape ecology, fisheries science, river restoration, ecology and conservation.

The EcoSpatial e-Learning Resources are divided into functional sections as they are in the GIS Training Course we offer – summarised below. Click “Get Started” to go to the first section or explore using the guide…

NB. You will need to log-in to access these resources.


Basic Theory & Key Concepts

An introduction to the fundamental principles and techniques of GIS. Spatial data and geographic information – What is a Geographic Information System (GIS) – Grid references and coordinate systems – Types of spatial data – Data scales & data quality – Metadata – GIS terminology – Introduction to ArcGIS Desktop – Getting started in ArcGIS   FIND OUT MORE 

Sources of Spatial Data

Exploring the various sources of spatial data for use in GIS. Spatial data sources in England & Wales – Spatial data sources in Scotland – Data licencing issues – Pre-prepared data packages – Capturing your own data – Metadata  FIND OUT MORE 

Data Navigation, Display & Annotation

How to navigate, investigate and represent the data in your GIS. Zooming and panning – Bookmarks – Identify – Find – Measure – Getting the NGR – Zooming to locations – Symbology – Labelling – Graphics  FIND OUT MORE 

Working with Spatial Data: Vector data

Processing spatial data to perform spatial queries, create data subsets, combine data together and make calculations. Basic principles of spatial analysis – Using feature selection – Select by attributes – Select by location – What to do with selected features – Attribute table manipulation – Table calculations – Joining tables FIND OUT MORE 

Working with Spatial Data: Spatial Analysis

Using the Spatial Analyst extension to perform analyses on vector and raster data. The Spatial Analyst extension – Calculating Distances – Calculating Density – Spatial Interpolation – Surface analyses – Hydrological analyses – Reclassify a raster – Raster Calculator – Suitability analysis with Spatial Analyst    FIND OUT MORE 

Spatial Data Creation & Management

How to create and manage spatial datasets in GIS. Good data management – Plotting points from a table of grid references – Creating new GIS layers – The basics of editing spatial data – Editor Tools – Digitising points, lines and polygons – Modifying features – Georeferencing Raster Data  FIND OUT MORE 

Making Maps

Using GIS to produce high quality, effective maps that are clear, easy to understand and professional in appearance. Compiling a map in Layout View – Using multiple data frames – Adding graphic elements to the map – Design considerations – Advanced mapping techniques – Printing maps – Exporting maps – GeoPDFs  FIND OUT MORE 


Interactive Guide to the resources…

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Contact & Support

You can contact the EcoSpatial Team directly by submitting a message below or emailing gis@wrt.org.uk – we will make sure that you get the GIS training you require from the most relevant expert in the field.

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