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Introduction to QGIS

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

GIS software doesn’t have to be expensive! QGIS is a free, open source GIS platform with powerful tools and wide variety of plugins. Learn how to use the basic tools in QGIS for your spatial projects. 

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Import data to and export data from QGIS
  • Edit data within QGIS
  • Do basic vector analysis in QGIS
  • Do basic raster analysis in QGIS
  • Export simple maps using the layout manager

Software: Please bring your own laptop with QGIS installed. QGIS runs on Linux, Windows and Macs. To download QGIS, please visit

Core Competencies: vector analysis, raster analysis, data management

Pre-Requisite: Basic knowledge of GIS and/or some familiarity with ArcGIS. Otherwise, we suggest taking Intro to Spatial Thinking and ArcGIS workshop.

Workshop page (SFU Canvas): GIS workshops page includes workshop descriptions and suggested streams for different disciplines, handouts, slides, and example datasets


Week of Workshops is sponsored by SFU’s Big Data Initiative



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