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« February 2017 »

GEOSTAT 2013 Quebec City


Faculty of Forestry, Geomatics and Geography, Pavillon Gene-H.-Kruger,
2425 Rue de la Terrasse, Université Laval GHK-2320-2330 (Kruger Room) / Secondary lecture room: ABP-1111
Quebec City, QC G1V 0A6
46° 46' 47.6616" N, 71° 16' 51.2652" W

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The GEOSTAT Quebec city 2013 summer school is 8th in a series of summer schools organized by R and OS GIS developers and enthusiasts. GEOSTAT aims at PhD students and R-sig-geo enthusiasts in a range of environmental and GIS sciences, with a special focus on analyzing spatio-temporal gridded data in R and connected OS GIS software.

The participants will learn how to import and organize space-time data i.e. time series of rasters and how to program statistical and geographical analysis using a combination of R and OS GIS functionality.

The school will be hosted at the Faculty of Forestry, Geomatics and Geography, on the campus of Laval University, a few kilometers from the heart of Quebec City, Canada.


Period: 26 May (Sunday) - 2 June (Sunday) 2013; week before the SpatialStatistics

Registrations for this summer school are closed!

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J. (John) E. LewisE.(Edzer) PebesmaA. (Alex) BrenningT. (Tom) Hengl

Topics: Space-time data in R, remote sensing images in R, working with time series of images (bricks and stacks), spatial databases, spatial statistics for modelling environmental data. The general topic of this Summer School is analysis and visualization of spatio-temporal rasters with R + OS GIS.

R packages / OS GIS of interest: raster, spacetime, RSAGA, rgdal, maptools, gstatplotKML, GSIFSAGA GIS, FWTools, QGIS and similar.

Read more: software installation instructions

Who is invited:

PhD students, environmental sciences, soil scientists


Faculty of Forestry, Geomatics and Geography, on the campus of Laval University, a few kilometers from the heart of Quebec City. The Centre for forest research (CEF) will provide, free of charge, two classrooms and one seminar room with a capacity of up to 60 people. A free, fast and unrestricted access to the internet will be provided through the University's wireless network.

This map shows directions to get from the student accommodations on University Laval campus (Pavillon Alphonse-Marie-Parent, A) to the course venue (Pavillon Gene-H. Kruger, B). This represents a 10 minute walk.

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Main lecture room: GHK-2320-2330 (Kruger Room)
Secondary lecture room: ABP-1111 

Closest Airport: YQB
Distance from airport to the University: about 18 min (12.2 km). Transportation from airport to hotel best by taxi.

The programme: 

The provisional working program (this programme will be continuously updated):

DAY 0 - Sunday 26th of May: informal meeting / ice-breaker

On Sunday May 26 in the afternoon, starting at 16:00 we will have an icebraker BBQ dinner with beers and burgers for those who want to chill and meet some people and get an early feel of the place. This will take place in front of the Gene-H. Kruger building (inside if it rains).

The Gene-H. Kruger building is located on the Université Laval campus. It is about 10 minutes walking distance from the Pavillon Aphonse-Marie-Parent (student accommodation) and from the closest bus terminal (Pavillon Desjardins bus stop).


DAY 1 - Monday, 27th of May: introduction / linking R and OS GIS

9.00-9.15Opening speech from CEF director L. Bernier


Welcome note and course overview (introduction to GEOSTAT)lectureT. Hengl
J.D. Sylvain
G. Drolet
10.30-11.00Coffee break  
11.00-11.45Spatial and spatio-temporal data classes and methods in RlectureT. Hengl
11:45-12:30Introduction to Time SerieslectureJ. Lewis
13.30-15.00Importing and analyzing remote sensing data in R (raster, sp, spacetime and plotKML packages)demoT. Hengl
15.00-15.30Coffee break  
15.30-17.00Linking R with external GIS packagesdemoT. Hengl
17:00-18:00Web-inar #1: Raster data processing in RvideoR. Hijmans
18:00-20:00Crash course in R (a catch-up session) /
Crash course in Geostatistics
computer practical

J. Lewis /
T. Hengl


DAY 2 - Tuesday, 28th of May: programming spatial data analysis with R

9.00 - 10.30Introduction to spatial data modellinglectureJ. Lewis
10.30 - 11.00Coffee break  
11.00 - 12.30Import, reformatting, overlay, aggregation and export of spatial data (packages: raster, sp, spacetime)computer practicalJ. Lewis
12.30 - 13.30Lunch  
13.30 - 15.00Spatial interpolationlectureJ. Lewis
15.00 - 15.30Coffee break  
15.30 - 17.30Spatial interpolationcomputer practicalJ. Lewis
19:00-??Gala dinner (logistics will follow)  


DAY 3 - Wednesday, 29th of May: combining R and SAGA GIS

9.00 - 10.30Statistical geocomputing combining R and SAGA GISlectureA. Brenning 
10.30 - 11.00Coffee break  
11.00 - 12.30Statistical geocomputing combining R and SAGA GIS: Land cover classification case studycomputer practicalA. Brenning 
12.30 - 13.30Lunch  
13.30 - 15.00Statistical and machine-learning classification methods for spatial modeling and remote sensinglectureA. Brenning 
15.00 - 15.30Coffee break  
15.30 - 17.00Classification and predictive performance assessment with Rcomputer practicalA. Brenning
17:00 - 18.00Seminar #2 : Compositionnal data in RlectureS.-É. Parent


DAY 4 - Thursday, 30th of May: Open day

9.00 - 10.30Geostatistical theory for Kriging revisited (dealing with missing data / change of support)lectureA. Brenning
10.30 - 11.00Coffee break  
11.00 - 12.30Computing with big rasters in RlectureT. Hengl,
A. Brenning
12.30 - 13.30Lunch  
13.30 - 15.00Bayesian geostatistics in RlectureJ. Lewis
15.00 - 15.30Coffee break  
15.30 - 17.003D soil mapping using Quebec data (with visualization in plotKML)lectureT. Hengl
17.00 - 19.00 5-7 social CEF meetingsocial activity 


DAY 5 - Friday, 31th of May: automated geostatistics using time-series of covariates

9.00 - 10.30Automated geostatistics using multisource data (GLM-kriging)lectureT. Hengl
10.30 - 11.00Coffee break  
11.00 - 12.30Automated geostatistics (packages: gstat, GSIF, plotKML)computer practicalT. Hengl
12.30 - 13.30Lunch  
13.30 - 15.30Spatial prediction (2D+T)lectureT. Hengl
15.30 - 16.00Coffee break  
16.00 - 17.00Seminar #3: "Raster/vector analysis with PostGIS and R"webinarD. Golicher


DAY 6 - Saturday, 1st of June: analyzing spatio-temporal data

9.00 - 10.30Analyzing spatio-temporal data (spacetime package)elected topiclectureE. Pebesma
10.30 - 11.00Coffee break  
11.00 - 12.30Analyzing spatio-temporal data (spacetime package)elected topiccomputer practicalE. Pebesma
12.30 - 13.30Lunch  
13.30 - 15.00selected topiclectureE. Pebesma


DAY 7 - Sunday, 2nd of June: excursion



On-campus summer accommodation available for visitors from May to August. To book a room at the on the web site of the housing of Laval University click here. When booking a room refer to: Geostats Quebec 2013 - Event 213177. Prices: regular rooms - shared bathroom - 43$+taxes single occupancy - 60$+taxes double occupancy.


Important dates:

  • Registration deadline: 1 February 2013
  • Published rankings: 15th of March 2013
  • Deadline registration fees: 1 April 2013 (no extensions possible)


Organizing committee:




Sponsors / hosting institution:

This event is sponsored by the Faculty of Forestry, Geomatics and Geography, Laval University, the Centre for forest research (CEF), Synergie Direction évènementielle and Boréalis.



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