Mapping Support and Training
GIS Training Opportunities in the Basin
The SGRC/CBWN Mapping Program
The Columbia Basin Watershed Network works in partnership with Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC) to support watershed network groups and members with an interest in mapping. This work includes but is not limited to: assembling data for use in interactive mapping platforms such as the Columbia River Basin Biodiversity Atlas or GIS/Google Earth, GPS surveying, producing paper or digital map products and 3D visualizations, providing GIS or remote sensing analyses. The partnership can also provide training to CBWN members on GIS, GPS and internet map resources.
The CBWN works with the Selkirk Geospatial Research Program at Selkirk College to assist watershed groups with mapping and geospatial research. We have two main programs, the Summer Mapping Program, and the Select Research Project program.
Summer Mapping Program
The CBWN Summer Mapping Program offers 2-4 weeks of supervised coop student support between May 15 and August 10 to watershed groups to use geographic information systems (mapping) in well-defined projects that offer great potential for involvement and communication. The proposals we chose for support this year are listed below. We expect that all these projects will increase involvement in the watershed group either through improved community understanding or through participation in mapping or research. They could be accomplished in the short time frame of the awards. We are grateful to the Columbia Bastin Trust for their support of this program. Each year we are able to support four watershed groups with a watershed mapping project that engages their communities and increases understanding of the watersheds.
Past projects can be viewed at the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre website, in the Columbia Basin Watershed Network Project directory.
Select Research Project Nominations
The CBWN/SGRC Select Research Project program selects proposals to put forward for undergraduate thesis research. These proposals must offer the potential for student research development, by defining and addressing a single research question, as well as show potential for answering a research question important to a community. These project start in September and finish in February.
2017 Select Research Project Nominations
We also work with the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre to nominate projects for consideration by the GIS students as thesis projects. The best projects here are research level GIS projects, that will allow the student to engage in research relevant to geographic information services.
Columbia Lake Stewardship Society has proposed research on how to use remote sensing data to identify and potentially track changes in aquatic invasive species, using colour signatures to distinguish between native aquatics and mats of invasive species. We have recommended this project as a GIS research project.
We are in discussions with the other applicants about how best to move their projects forward.
Applications are typically due in early Spring, and our Mapping Committee meets in April to discuss how best to support our watershed groups with their geospatial needs.
Learn more about the projects supported in prior years:
Quick link to view maps produced for various watershed groups though the Mapping Program in 2014.
Learn more about projects supported in 2014, click here.
For more information contact CBWN at: email@example.com
QGIS for Beginners
Richard Johnson, SWAMP and Slocan Lake Research Centre offers QGIS for Beginners. The fee varies depending on session costs, typically 8-10 students are required to run a session.
Learn how to use the free, open source QGIS program to produce high quality maps from public databases and your own knowledge. In a hands-on environment, students will create basic maps, add lines, shapes, overlay images, create contour maps, add labels and produce maps for print or digital presentation. We will cover projections, data sources, data analysis and map creation. Full day course, cost $99. Please contact us to arrange a session.
Selkirk College Continuing Education offers an IMAP BC course in the basics of mapping, at their Grand Forks and Nakusp campuses.
The draft course catalog says:
Need a map for your next backcountry adventure? View thousands of map datasets in an interactive map environment. Combine map layers of interest, produce maps in print or mail to others.
Check the Selkirk College Continuing Education Calendar for details.
2016 Summer Mapping Program Awards
Blewett Watershed Committee: for base maps and any available data on watershed activities and aquifers, to support participation in land use planning.
Friends of Kootenay Lake Society: update existing maps with Shoreline Inventory and land ownership categories, to support land use planning.
Slocan River Streamkeepers: development of internet mapping server tool, to test on Slocan watershed group maps initially, and to improve CBWN member use of online mapping.
Wildsight Golden: Updates to Columbia Waterbird Survey, including new study sites and private land ownership.
Other Mapping Resources in the Columbia Basin