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Introduction to Spatial Thinking and ArcGIS Online [Online]

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

  • What is the travel route of the Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna)? Does it pass close to areas where predators are present, specifically those which prey on eggs?

  • Are neighbourhoods with low socioeconomic status spatially correlated to high morbidity rates?

  • Or, a more pressing question, to what extent has mobility changed due to social distancing interventions against COVID-19?

Many of these questions ask about the spatial relationship between two or more phenomena. This workshop is an introduction to spatial thinking and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This workshop assumes attendees have no previous experience with GIS.


ArcGIS Online. You do not need to install any software but need to send email to to request an ArcGIS online account if you wish to participate the hands-on part.

Learning outcomes

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

  • think spatially about their research;
  • understand the elements of GIS;
  • use a web-based GIS environment (ArcGIS Online)
  • create simple maps using geospatial data;
  • look for and find geospatial data and resources.  

Core competencies
finding and using spatial data, projections, spatial thinking, map essentials


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