Our trainings aim to enable ecologists and conservationists to apply Remote Sensing and GIS within their daily work. All trainings are focused on applied science and using OpenSource software. EcoSens trainings are either stretched across a whole year with regular 1-2 day trainings (usually embedded into a study program) or condensed to 1-2 weeks such as summer/science-schools.

A variety of courses or summer schools are taught on a regular basis. Our regular EcoSens activities are embedded within training or study programs such as SMCS or GCE. Beside these courses do we also try to offer Summer or Science School in different locations. All our activities are “real world” courses not online courses. We believe in the benefit of direct interaction with the attendees and participant-participant networking advantages of in person encountersI

If you are interested to have a general EcoSens training  or a more specific Remote Sensing and GIS course using OpenSource software at your organisation please approach us and we see what we can do.

topics of our courses are:

  • theory and practice of remote sensing and GIS
    • data overview (raster, vector)
    • data import and export
    • reprojection
    • vector-raster intersection
    • spatial statistics
    • vegetation indices
    • land cover classification
    • fractional cover analysis
    • remote sensing data (different sensors, spatial resolution, time-series)
  • GIS analysis (data formats, spatial data handling, vector manipulation)
  • species distribution models (SDMs: GLM, RF, MaxEnt, GAM etc.)

using only OpenSource software such as R and GRASS:

  • introduction to R
  • introduction to GRASS
  • spatial data handling in R
  • remote sensing and GIS with GRASS and QGIS
  • landcover classification, fCover, landcover change with R
  • spatial statistics and modelling with R

if you like to link it furthermore with the complex analysis of animal movement analysis, please see