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Working with geospatial raster data in R

Virtual workshop on Zoom

February 28, 2023  -  from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm


Dr. Tim Elrick is the Director of the Geographic Information Centre (GIC) at McGill University


This workshop will introduce participants to functions and packages that allow them to import, process and display geospatial raster data. Mainly based on the raster package, the participants will learn to apply introductory Geographic Information Science (GIScience) methods in R. They will learn how to import raster files and prepare them for analysis. Participants will then enabled to apply local, focal, zonal and global operations on these raster images as well as standard techniques like clipping, masking and merging raster images. They will learn how to display raster images and how to create a hillshade and 3D digital elevation model.

This workshop will allow participants to answer quantitative questions about geographic areas for which data in defined boundaries does not exist.

Registration fees

  50$  -  Student and postdoctoral fellow
100$  -  Staff from a QICSS member university*
150$  -  Any other category

Registration fees must be paid by credit card. Federal and Provincial taxes are not included.


A minimum of 10 participants is required to run the workshop (maximum 15). Registered participants will be refunded if the minimum enrolment is not met.


* QICSS’ member institutions: Université de Montréal, McGill University, Concordia University, UQAM, INRS-UCS, Université de Sherbrooke, Université Laval, Université du Québec and HEC Montréal.

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