Online Geospatial Courses

You might want to check out some of these online geospatial courses as outlined by Directions Magazine.

Selected Open Online Geospatial Courses

Course Organization Next Offering
Desktop GIS Pace University via Blackboard’s OpenEducation Currently in session
From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing  University of Minnesota via Coursera No future sessions yet scheduled
Geodesign: Change your World Penn State via Coursera No future sessions yet scheduled
Geospatial Intelligence & the Geospatial Revolution Penn State via Coursera February 2016
GIS 101, Introduction to Global Information Systems  SkillsCommons Open, self-paced
Go Places with Spatial Analysis Esri Currently in session
Introduction to Geographical Information Systems University of West Florida via Canvas Network Summer 2016
Maps and the Geospatial Revolution  Penn State via Coursera No future sessions yet scheduled
Mobile Devices for Land Management (in Spanish) UPValencia via edX No future sessions yet scheduled
Open Source GIS SkillsCommons Open, self-paced
QGIS Courses GeoAcademy Open, self-paced
Skills for the Digital Earth  Elmhurst College No future sessions yet scheduled
Spatial Analysis  SkillsCommons Open, self-paced
The Location Advantage Esri November 2015
Various geospatial courses Discover Spatial Open, self-paced

Urban Heat Islands in California

The California Environmental Protection Agency released a study that identifies areas across California experiencing hotter summer temperatures as a byproduct of urban development.

Urban areas have higher temperatures during summer compared with adjacent rural communities, a phenomenon known as the urban heat island. Heat islands are created by a combination of dark pavement and roofs that absorb heat, heat-generating activities such as engines and generators, and the absence of vegetation that provides evaporative cooling.

While the phenomenon is well-known, the study for the first time creates an Urban Heat Island Index (UHII) to quantify the extent and severity of the heat island effect for individual cities throughout the state. The study found temperature increases ranging from a few degrees in small cities and coastal areas to as much as 19 degrees on average over a day in large, inland urban areas.

Click below to read the report on how the Urban Heat Island Index was created and view the maps and data for different urban areas.


What is Your Oktoberfest Score?

Are you ready for beer? Fall means Oktoberfest celebrations around the globe, and ESRI has created the Oktoberfest Score app that ranks your community against others in the US. The app uses demographic, consumer spending, and market potential data and lets you explore beer consumption in your area and discover other communities with similar tastes.  Prost!


SoCalGIS Meeting Agenda

Here is our agenda for our next SoCalGIS Meeting on September 16th next week:

11:30 – 12:10 Lunch/Meet & Greet
12:10 – 12:20 Welcome
12:20 – 1:45 Presentations
1:45 – 2:00 Wrap Up


1) 3D Geospatial Building Modeling and New 3D Streaming Maps Services, Kevin DeVito, CyberCity 3D, Inc.
2) Using Collector for ArcGIS in the Arroyo Seco, Chandler Sterling, City of Pasadena
3) Using NASA Web World Wind to Predict Wildfire Behavior, Bruce Schubert, Emxsys

PLEASE RSVP if you plan on attending.  We need a head count for lunch!  Thanks. -mike