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Georeferencing Maps and Aerial Photos in ArcGIS

Map of Devastating 2003 Heat Wave in the Netherlands Observed from MODIS Satellite. Mehdi Aminipouri (PhD Candidate in Geography at SFU)

Georeferencing is the process of connecting images (e.g. aerial photographs, scanned historical maps, satellite images) with their geographic locations in a coordinate system so that the images can be used as spatial layers in GIS software. This workshop will teach you the skills needed to georeference images in ArcGIS so that you can view, make queries, and analyze your image-based data with other geographic data.


  • ArcGIS Desktop 10.6 (participants will not need their own computer)

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • choose an appropriate projection for georeferencing;
  • georeference an image without coordinates;
  • create vector data on the image for further analysis.

Core competencies

  • georeferencing, projections, vector digitizing

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