USGS Water Resources and Land Change Information

The USGS Library provides reference services and instructional sessions to library users on finding print, digital, and online library materials. They are offering two webinars.

The first will focus on how to find and use information sources and products related to water use, surface water, groundwater, water quality, floods, droughts, and hurricanes (data, databases, publications, maps, and field and laboratory methods).  Click here for more info and to register.

The second will focus on how to find and use information sources and products related to long-term and short-term land changes from natural-hazard events, land-use change, and example reference inquiries related to finding current and historical land information.  Click here for more info and to register.

Both webinars will also cover education tools available from the USGS and other geoscience stakeholders.

2018 SCAG Student Poster/Story Map Challenge

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has a major opportunity for college and university students in the region. On May 3, SCAG’s annual Regional Conference & General Assembly will feature a special Student Showcase session featuring sustainability planning posters and GIS Story Maps selected through a competitive application process. This will be an opportunity for students to share their work with more than 1,000 elected officials, planners, and regional leaders.

Students whose projects are chosen will be designated as SCAG Conference Fellows, receiving complimentary event registration, hotel accommodation and admission to an exclusive “Future Leaders in Regional Planning” professional development seminar during the conference.

One project from each category will also be designated as the “best in show” by a panel of judges and receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Abstracts are due April 10 and final projects are due April 24.  For more info on the guidelines and submissions, click below.



The Masters of Science in Geographic information Science (MSGISci) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is currently accepting applications for Fall 2018. The MSGISci is a 1-year, 30-unit MS degree program; classes are offered on weeknights and weekends to accommodate working professionals.

Please visit for more details.  Review of applications begins April 1st (please note the upcoming March 2nd FAFSA application deadline for CA applicants

Next Gen 9-1-1 Workshops

The SoCal URISA Chapter is hosting two free Next Gen 9-1-1 events in Orange County on February 20th and LA County on February 21st.

Topics Covered:

  • Why Next Gen 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1)?
  • Key stakeholders: PSAP, Address, GIS
  • 9-1-1 Technology, Terminology & Standards
  • GIS and Next Generation 9-1-1
  • Getting Your GIS Ready
  • Real-World Examples and Lessons Learned

For more info on these free workshops and to register, visit their Events page.

Free Cartography Course

Learn to design beautiful maps with Dr. Kenneth Field, Senior Cartographic Product Engineer at ESRI. This 6 week cousre begins April 18th. You will learn how to use world-class GIS technology to gain the experience that employers seek. The course includes hands-on exercises, video discussions, quizzes, and demos, as well as a certificate of completion.  Sign up!