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

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Lecturers:

J. (John) E. Lewis E.(Edzer) Pebesma A. (Alex) Brenning T. (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

Location: 

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





time topic format lecturer
9.00-9.15 Opening speech from CEF director   L. Bernier

9.15-10.30

Welcome note and course overview (introduction to GEOSTAT) lecture T. Hengl
J.D. Sylvain
G. Drolet
10.30-11.00 Coffee break    
11.00-11.45 Spatial and spatio-temporal data classes and methods in R lecture T. Hengl
11:45-12:30 Introduction to Time Series lecture J. Lewis
12.30-13.30 Lunch    
13.30-15.00 Importing and analyzing remote sensing data in R (raster, sp, spacetime and plotKML packages) demo T. Hengl
15.00-15.30 Coffee break    
15.30-17.00 Linking R with external GIS packages demo T. Hengl
17:00-18:00 Web-inar #1: Raster data processing in R video R. Hijmans
18:00-20:00 Crash 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





time topic format lecturer
9.00 - 10.30 Introduction to spatial data modelling lecture J. Lewis
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.30 Import, reformatting, overlay, aggregation and export of spatial data (packages: raster, sp, spacetime) computer practical J. Lewis
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 15.00 Spatial interpolation lecture J. Lewis
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break    
15.30 - 17.30 Spatial interpolation computer practical J. Lewis
19:00-?? Gala dinner (logistics will follow)    

 

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





time topic format lecturer
9.00 - 10.30 Statistical geocomputing combining R and SAGA GIS lecture A. Brenning 
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.30 Statistical geocomputing combining R and SAGA GIS: Land cover classification case study computer practical A. Brenning 
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 15.00 Statistical and machine-learning classification methods for spatial modeling and remote sensing lecture A. Brenning 
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break    
15.30 - 17.00 Classification and predictive performance assessment with R computer practical A. Brenning
17:00 - 18.00 Seminar #2 : Compositionnal data in R lecture S.-É. Parent

 

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





time topic format lecturer
9.00 - 10.30 Geostatistical theory for Kriging revisited (dealing with missing data / change of support) lecture A. Brenning
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.30 Computing with big rasters in R lecture T. Hengl,
A. Brenning
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 15.00 Bayesian geostatistics in R lecture J. Lewis
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee break    
15.30 - 17.00 3D soil mapping using Quebec data (with visualization in plotKML) lecture T. Hengl
17.00 - 19.00  5-7 social CEF meeting social activity  

 

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





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

 

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





time topic format lecturer
9.00 - 10.30 Analyzing spatio-temporal data (spacetime package)elected topic lecture E. Pebesma
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break    
11.00 - 12.30 Analyzing spatio-temporal data (spacetime package)elected topic computer practical E. Pebesma
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch    
13.30 - 15.00 selected topic lecture E. Pebesma

 

DAY 7 - Sunday, 2nd of June: excursion

 

Accommodation: 

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:

 

Jean-Daniel Guillaume

 

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.


     

Location

Quebec city
Canada
CA
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