Google Earth Engine Boot Camp: Methods for Using Satellite and Geospatial Data for Environmental Exposure Science

SHARP Training Google Earth Engine Boot Camp - geospatial dataRegistration is open! Join us for the next live-stream Google Earth Engine Boot Camp on June 6-7, 2022. 

The Google Earth Engine Booth Camp is a two-day intensive training workshop that includes seminars and hands-on case studies to provide an overview of concepts, techniques, applications, and data analysis methods for using the Google Earth Engine to estimate environmental exposures for health research.

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Google Earth Engine Boot Camp OVERVIEW

Summer 2022 dates: Live-stream, online training June 6-7, 2022; 10:00am - ~5:00pm EDT

The Google Earth Engine ( combines a multi-petabyte catalog of satellite imagery and geospatial datasets with planetary-scale analysis capabilities to estimate environmental measures at fine spatial and temporal resolutions. To-date, this resource has yet to be fully applied to environmental exposure science and health research. This two-day intensive boot camp provides an overview of concepts, techniques, applications, and data analysis methods for applying the Google Earth Engine to estimate environmental exposures for health research. Lectures will introduce participants to cutting-edge geospatial exposure assessment methods and example case studies will use the Google Earth Engine to estimate air pollution, green space, built environment, temperature, climate, and natural system-related exposures (e.g. drought, flooding, forest change, etc.).  This boot camp is led by experts in the field of environmental exposure science and epidemiology, data science, and geography.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be familiar with the following topics:

  • Capabilities of the Google Earth Engine

  • Datasets available for environmental exposure science

  • Data analysis methods within the Google Earth Engine

  • Applications for air pollution, green space, built environment, temperature, and climate exposure research

  • Applications for planetary and human health research

  • Emerging satellite data and exposure science opportunities

Investigators at all career stages are welcome to attend, and we particularly encourage trainees and early-stage investigators to participate.


There are three prerequisites and requirements to attend this training:

  1. Basic familiarity with coding and GIS is highly recommended (but not required) to get the most out of the Boot Camp. While there are several APIs to access the Google Earth Engine, we will be using the JavaScript Earth Engine Code Editor.

  2. Each participant is required to sign up for a Google Earth Engine account prior to the boot camp.  It is recommended that you sign up during registration so you can work through the pre-boot camp materials that will be provided. Sign up here:!/

  3. Each participant must have a laptop with Zoom installed.  To get the most out of breakout groups, we also recommend a working microphone and webcam.  Participants may also wish to share their screen with instructors during one-on-one questions.


Perry Hystad, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University.

Andrew Larkin, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University.


Training scholarships are available for the Google Earth Engine Boot Camp.


The Google Earth Engine Boot Camp will not take place in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The training will instead be a live-stream, remote training that takes place over live, online video on June 6-7, 2022 from 10am EDT - ~5pm EDT. Please note this training is not a self-paced, pre-recorded online training. 


"If you're a novice like me, you come away from the training excited and more confident." - Government scientist, US EPA, 2021

"The Google Earth Engine Bootcamp far exceeded my expectations - can't wait to try some of these new methods in my own work!" - Mary S., Postdoc at University of Pittsburgh, Dept of Epidemiology, 2021

"This was a wonderful course! I enjoyed the variety of lecture versus labs, having multiple instructors and activities to keep attendees engaged. The instructors obviously knew this subject well and were excited to pass on their experience and knowledge." - Postdoc at Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane, 2021

"This boot camp was a fun and interesting crash course on using GEE for public health applications. The labs and instruction were very useful and I now feel comfortable about knowing where to start if I wanted to use GEE in my research." - Anonymous Postdoc, 2021

"I found the presentations super interesting/engaging and they perfectly set up/made me excited for the labs. The labs were very helpful. I feel so much more prepared to further take on the steep learning curve that is GEE." - Nina F., Student at Columbia University, 2021


COVID-19 Update: With the training being offered virtually, we are passing along any and all costs saved to attendees.

  Early-Bird Rate (through 4/15/22) Regular Rate (4/16/22 - 6/14/22) Columbia/OSU Discount*
Student/Postdoc/Trainee  $925 $1,025 10% off
Faculty/Academic Staff/Non-Profit Organizations/Government Agencies $1,025 $1,225 10% off
Corporate/For-Profit Organizations $1,225 $1,425 NA


*Columbia/OSU Discount: This discount is valid for any active student, postdoc, staff, or faculty at Columbia University and Oregon State University. To access the Columbia discount, email for instructions and specify the following: 1) your registration category from the table above, 2) if you are paying by credit card, or internal transfer within Columbia, and 3) if an internal transfer, indicate the registration category from the table above, and if grant funds are being used.

Invoice Payment and Group Registrations: If you would prefer to pay by invoice/check, or would like to pay for a group of registrants, please email with the following details: 1) full attendee name(s) and applicable registration category from the table above, and 2) payment method (credit card, invoice, wire).

Registration Fee: This fee includes course material, which will be made available to all participants both during and after the conclusion of the training.  

Cancellations: Cancellation notices must be received via email at least 30 days prior to the training start date in order to receive a full refund, minus a $75 administrative fee. Cancellation notices received via email 14-29 days prior to the training will receive a 75% refund, minus a $75 administrative fee. Please email your cancellation notice to Due to workshop capacity and preparation, we regret that we are unable to refund registration fees for cancellations <14days prior to the training. 

If you are unable to attend the training, we encourage you to send a substitute within the same registration category. Please inform us of the substitute via email at least one week prior to the training to include them on attendee communications, updated registration forms, and materials. Should the substitute fall within a different registration category your credit card will be credited/charged respectively. Please email substitute inquiries to In the event Columbia must cancel the event, your registration fee will be fully refunded. 





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Questions? Email the Google Earth Engine team here.

The Google Earth Engine Boot Camp is hosted by Columbia University's SHARP Program in the Mailman School of Public Health and Oregon State University's College of Public Health and Human Services