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Subject: Dive GIS 2010 early-bird enrollment closes March 31st
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Date:Mon, 15 Mar 2010 15:29:09 +0100
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Dear all,

The Dive GIS summer course will celebrate its 5th anniversary in 2010! The
5th edition of the course will be held from the 28th of July to the 7th of
August in Crotone at the Capo Rizzuto Marine Protected Area. Early bird
enrollment at a reduced price is only open until March 31st!

Dive GIS course is for you if you wish to:

1.Learn state of the art GIS and Remote Sensing methodologies used for
marine applications
2.Learn to use the ArcGIS software
3.Become a certified diver
4.Collect scientific data in the field and underwater
5.Identify marine flora and fauna
6.Be passionate about the marine environment and the conservation of its
resources
7.Network and socialize in an international environment


The course, organized by Mappamondo GIS in collaboration with the MPA,
represents a unique training initiative that offers the chance to learn
Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing methodologies while
becoming a certified SCUBA diver. Participants learn to use state of the
art technologies and to combine them with passion oriented sport and field
activities in the context of marine environment management and science.
The challenging objective of the organizer is to provide the bases for a
multi-skill career.

Participants are introduced to the underwater world through PADI Open
Water Diver and specialty courses, to the digital cartography and imaging
world through classes based on training material from ESRI, the
world-leader in the GIS field, and to real case study applications of
Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing tools for marine
scientists. The course involves computer lab and field sessions and it is
well suited for people novice to both GIS and diving, as well as for
people that have already some knowledge and skills in both fields but that
wish to gain an additional experience.

During the course, the participants work on a real case study concerning
the mapping of marine habitats using on-screen visual interpretation,
supervised and unsupervised classification of satellite images and aerial
photos.

This allows identifying and quantifying vulnerable areas with high
environmental value. Students also learn to identify marine flora and
fauna, to collect scientific data about their distribution and to use
handheld GIS and GPS units. Biodiversity and species distribution data are
entered in the GIS to study their correlation with the habitat and other
biotic and abiotic environmental parameters.

For further information about the course and online registration for the
2010 edition visit the following website:

www.mappamondogis.it/divegis.htm or write an email to [log in to unmask]

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