Google Earth Engine (GEE) is a powerful free, online platform for analysis and visualization of geospatial data. GEE has revolutionized the way that the scientific community – including conservationists, environmental scientists and wildlife biologists – use geospatial data. This platform has made petabytes of earth observation data readily available to researchers in an environment that also provides the computing capabilities necessary to conduct complex analyses on these massive data sets. GEE can be used to conduct traditional GIS analyses, process and manipulate remote sensing imagery, and even build web applications that showcase a user?s results or let the public run complex analyses. The goal of this introductory session is to familiarize wildlife professionals with the capabilities and functionality of the GEE platform. By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to access and display publicly available datasets, import their own data into the platform, manipulate, visualize, and export imagery data. Specifically, this workshop will provide: 1) An overview of GEE and its capabilities 2) Tools for searching, finding, and displaying available data 3) Procedures for researchers to bring in their own data sets 4) Basic data manipulation and analytical methods 5) Data sampling and export processesThis morning workshop is the pre-cursor to a more advanced GEE workshop to be held in the afternoon. If you would like to attend both, please register for both this workshop and Advanced Google Earth Engine for Wildlife Biologists.
Organizers: Michael Evans, Defenders of Wildlife, Washington, DC; Kathy Zeller, Massachusetts Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, Amherst, MA
Supported by: Spatial Ecology and Telemetry Working Group