Be a Spatial Analytics Pro

Every month the ESRI State & Local Connect webinar series brings you 45 minutes of content you need to know, from the people who are dedicated to helping you succeed with GIS. This month the team is introducing The GIS Professional’s Guide to Spatial Analytics webinar.

You’ve heard of spatial analytics, but are you taking full advantage of the capabilities that are already at your fingertips? This capability that helps us uncover hidden patterns, make predictions, and understand changes over time also allows you to improve government services and take meaningful action. This webinar will show you the ready-to-use ArcGIS capabilities for spatial analytics.

Join the ESRI state and local government team to

  • See how spatial analytics will allow you to respond to challenges faster and with more confidence and understanding.
  • Explore examples of organizations already taking advantage of these capabilities, including predictive analysis, pattern detection, and object detection.
  • Learn what resources are available to help you get started quickly and stand out within your organization.​

Click here to register for the webinar. It is on January 20, 10-10:45am PST.

Rio Hondo College GIS Spring 2021 Courses

Rio Hondo College GIS courses start January 30th. Classes are entirely online and our high tech GIS lab is accessible to you via remote desktop. All sessions are recorded in the event you are unable to attend class at scheduled times. More information can be found at

Spring classes include the latest class GIS 150 which prepares you for Remote Pilot (Drone) Commercial Exam and includes survey mapping workflow to generate survey grade inputs for GIS.

  • Introduction to GIS (GIS 120) 4 units  (2 offerings) CRN 30873 / 30883
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) (GIS 150) CRN 77010
  • Cartography Design and GIS (GIS 221) CRN 35497
  • GIS Applications (GIS 220) CRN 30890
  • GIS for Environmental Applications (GIS 230) CRN 36055
  • Geospatial Programming (Python) & Web Services  (GIS 280)  CRN 37120

Frequently Asked Questions 

Are classes online? 

Yes, part of what makes online courses so convenient is that you don’t have to commute to Rio Hondo Campus but can instead complete your coursework from home. For many of us today, we find ourselves at home with families and unexpected happenings and would much prefer the convenience of online with the ability to work on your own schedule.

Do I need a Computer?  

Yes, however, software install is optional given that you  will have access to the fast high tech labs with the latest GIS and related softwares via remote desktop. No software configuration required on your computer (Windows or Mac).  Computer mouse is required. 

Are the Classes Asynchronous or Synchronous (live)? 

Classes can be completed asynchronous.  However you are encouraged to join us for the first 60 minute sessions for each class.  The sessions are always recorded and made available later that evening for students with a conflicting schedule.

How to Register? 

Apply for admission and register this week and entirely online.  To register for classes, you must first apply for admission (entirely free online). Applying for admission and registering cannot be any easier and steps found here.

Are Rio Hondo courses transferable to 4 year?

Yes. Select Rio Hondo GIS courses are transferable courses to CSU and other universities.

Where can I obtain more information?

Simple, contact Prof. Warren Roberts

Aerial Photographs Tutorial

This FREE crash course (tutorial) will teach you a basic understanding of how to use and interpret historical aerial photographs (air photos). 

This tutorial is designed to be used by adults including undergraduate students.  The tutorial is a serious endeavor created to teach you something; it is not a site for pretty pictures.

The tutorial is broken into 2 parts — introductory text and quizzes.  The introductory text can be completed in approximately 30 minutes.  The quizzes are skill-building exercises and can be completed in 30 to 45 minutes.

In this tutorial you will learn: 

  • To think in a logical order when trying to find and examine aerial photographs 
  • To understand the 5 basic questions to always ask when examining aerial photographs 
  • About The Colorado Time Machine aerial photograph collection at the Arthur Lakes Library, Colorado School of Mines 
  • To understand the potential and limitations of aerial photographs 
  • Introductory techniques to interpret human activities shown on aerial photographs 

Start learning about air photos! 

Think you already know a lot about aerial photographs? 

Go directly to the quizzes! 

Library of Congress GIS Day Conference

The Library of Congress is having a conference tomorrow, and since it will be virtual for GIS Day, anyone can attend! The Geography and Map Division is bringing together a panel of experts, on Wednesday Nov 18th, who are at the forefront of using GIS to track and fight the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Mapping a Pandemic: Cases, Traces and Mutations, will take place tomorrow in honor of GIS Day 2020 and National Geography Week.

Experts from Johns Hopkins University and ESRI will be joining to discuss the geospatial and genomic data being used to understand the pandemic and examine how mapping and GIS technologies are helping public health officials, emergency rooms, epidemiologists and the public grasp the spread of the disease and decide on allocation and distribution of precious resources, like vaccines.

For epidemiologists, studying the virus and its evolution and mutations, not to mention thinking about the distribution of potential vaccines, the pandemic has inspired widespread use of GIS, and new geospatial machine and deep learning technologies. Scientists and public health officials are relying on these new mapping and computational methods to understand the viruses spread and on new visualization techniques developed by cartographers to track the geospatial dynamics of its mutations.

Speakers are:

Dr. Este Geraghty, Chief Medical Officer at ESRI
The Role of GIS in Fighting the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic

Technical Papers:
Ensheng Dong, Center for System Science & Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Historic First: Mapping the Pandemic in Real Time

Mike Schoelen, ESRI Health and Human Services
Driven by GIS: A Resilient Supply Chain for COVID-19

John Hessler, Library of Congress & Johns Hopkins University
More Than Just Cases: Mapping the Mutations of SARS-CoV-2

These presentations will premiere on Nov 18, at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST), with closed captions on both the Library’s YouTube site at and on the Library of Congress website at The presentation will be available for viewing afterwards at those sites.

For more information see the Library of Congress Events Calendar or Press Release below:

ArcGIS Notebooks Webinar

Need to automate data prep and aggregation? ArcGIS Notebooks might be your ticket! Sign up for a 60-minute webinar by ESRI’s spatial data science experts as they walk through how you can leverage the latest updates to ArcGIS Notebooks along with popular open source frameworks to automate, data prep and aggregate for a variety of workflows. The webinar is on September 30, 2020 at 9am PDT. Click here to register.

This webinar is an intermediate level session and serves as a follow up session to the previous recorded webinar, “How to use ArcGIS and Jupyter for Geospatial Data Science.” Watch the recording to learn about the fundamentals of ArcGIS Notebooks, data engineering concepts and more, prior to this session.