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Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS)

Learn GIS, remote sensing, sources of spatial data, mapping and cloud based big data analysis.
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INTRODUCTION TO GIS FOR BEGINNERS: Learn both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the latest GIS technologies with easy to follow video lectures and laboratory exercises.

This course provides an introduction to GIS, sources of GIS data, GIS data structure and and hands-on practical exercises to processing, downloading, and visualizing large volume of geospatial data in Google Earth Engine platform. Specifically we will cover:

  • Introduction to GIS
  • GIS data structure
  • Sources of GIS data
  • Earth observation data
  • GIS data access

No prior experience required. All are tailored such that anyone can follow them easily.

To date the ability to have skills in GIS technologies is key to various decision makings. This course will provide you the necessary skills on how to manipulate and utilize a GIS data for your own purpose.

In my course, I will give you the tools and skills through a step-by-step lecture and lab exercises. You will understand the fundamentals of GIS and gain skills on manipulating earth observation data. Students will learn the different concepts in a GIS including sources of GIS data, GIS data structure, functions of a GIS and applications to GIS. Example earth observation satellite data will be used through out the course.

Who is the target audience?
  • Current GIS users
  • Anyone with an interest in learning GIS
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What Will I Learn?
Understand sources of spatial data
Learn about spatial data structure
Understand the functions of GIS
Learn the different areas of GIS applications
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  • Some acquaintance with GIS is helpful
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 9 Lectures Collapse All 9 Lectures 43:58
1 Lecture 03:34
GIS Data Structure
1 Lecture 04:54
GIS Data Structure
Sources of GIS Data
1 Lecture 01:23
Sources of GIS Data
Sources of Raster Data
1 Lecture 02:21
Earth Observation Data
1 Lecture 02:57
Lab 1: Landsat Satellite Data in Google Earth Engine
1 Lecture 03:11
Lab 2: Explore Landmarks in Google Earth
1 Lecture 06:17
Lecture 7
Lab 3: KML in Google Earth
2 Lectures 19:21
Lecture 8

Lecture 9
About the Instructor
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Researcher, Teacher, Entrepreneur

Dr. Alemayehu Midekisa (PhD) is a research scientist at the University of California San Francisco. He has a Master of Science degree in GIS and Remote Sensing and a PhD in Geospatial Science & Engineering. Dr. Midekisa is also the recipient of the prestigious NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship and various other awards. He has over 10 years of experience applying geospatial science and technologies in various applications including public health, agriculture, and natural resources.

His research work in the application of geographic information science has been published in various scientific journals. His work is featured in The New York Times, PBS News Hour, The Berkeley Science Review and others. He has presented his research findings in various scientific meetings including the American Geophysical Union, Association of American Geographers, American Tropical and Hygiene and Medicine, and NASA Science Team Meetings. He teaches online courses in various themes including geospatial science and technology, success in life, online business, and social media marketing at Udemy. He is also the founder of Nile Geospatial.

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