SCGIS Offers Preconference Workshops on GIS for Conservation

Register for both the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) Conference and a training workshop specifically designed for conservationists. The following workshops will be held prior to the conference, on Monday, July 15, 2013.

  • Using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst and ModelBuilder for Habitat Analysis — Learn about raster GIS. Analyze cost distance, viewshed and proximity grids, and site suitability. Learn to use digital elevation model (DEM) elevation files, map algebra, and the raster calculator.
  • Tools, Concepts, and Case Studies in Marine Spatial Planning — Get an overview of marine spatial planning (MSP) processes, relevant GIS-based tools, techniques, and modeling and assessment.
  • SeaSketch — Learn how to build an end-to-end, web-based mapping solution for MSP using SeaSketch and ArcGIS Online services.

Register for workshops when you register for the conference. Preconference workshops are limited to 20 seats per class, so register early.

Register Today

Spatial Analysis to Support Geographic Targeting of Genotypes to Environments

Frontiers in Plant Physiology 4:40, 2013

Glenn Hyman1, Dave Hodson, and Peter Jones

“Crop improvement efforts have benefited greatly from advances in available data, computing technology and methods for targeting genotypes to environments. These advances support the analysis of genotype by environment interactions to understand how well a genotype adapts to environmental conditions. This paper reviews the use of spatial analysis to support crop improvement research aimed at matching genotypes to their most appropriate environmental niches. Better data sets are now available on soils, weather and climate, elevation, vegetation, crop distribution and local conditions where genotypes are tested in experimental trial sites. The improved data are now combined with spatial analysis methods to compare environmental conditions across sites, create agro-ecological region maps and assess environment change. Climate, elevation and vegetation data sets are now widely available, supporting analyses that were much more difficult even five or ten years ago. While detailed soil data for many parts of the world remains difficult to acquire for crop improvement studies, new advances in digital soil mapping are likely to improve our capacity. Site analysis and matching and regional targeting methods have advanced in parallel to data and technology improvements. All these developments have increased our capacity to link genotype to phenotype and point to a vast potential to improve crop adaptation efforts.”