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

SHARP Training Google Earth Engine Boot Camp - geospatial dataThe most recent live-stream Google Earth Engine Boot Camp was June 21-22, 2021. Sign up below to hear about the next training!

The Google Earth Engine Boot 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 2021 dates: Live-stream, online training June 21-22, 2021; 10:00am - ~5:00pm EDT

The Google Earth Engine (https://earthengine.google.com/) combines a multi-petabyte catalog of satellite imagery and geospatial datasets with planetary-scale analysis capabilities. To-date, this resource has yet to be fully applied to environmental exposure science and health research. This boot camp will introduce participants to the many opportunities available to apply the Google Earth Engine to estimate environmental exposures, such as air pollution, heat, green space, and built environment measures, as well as applications to planetary and human 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. 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.  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.

PREREQUISITES AND REQUIREMENTS

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: https://signup.earthengine.google.com/#!/
  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.

INSTRUCTORS

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS

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

LOCATIONS

COVID-19 Update: 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 21-22, 2021 from 10am EDT - ~5pm EDT. Please note this training is not a self-paced, pre-recorded online training. 

REGISTRATION FEES

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

  Early-Bird Rate (through 4/15/21) Regular Rate (4/16/21 - 6/14/21) Columbia/OSU Discount*
Student/Postdoc/Trainee  $875 $975 10% off
Faculty/Academic Staff/Non-Profit Organizations $975 $1,175 10% off
Corporate/For-Profit Organizations $1,175 $1,375 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 ColumbiaSHARP.GEE@gmail.com for instructions and specify if you are paying by credit card, or internal transfer within Columbia.

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 ColumbiaSHARP.GEE@gmail.com with details.

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 ColumbiaSHARP.GEE@gmail.comDue 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 ColumbiaSHARP.GEE@gmail.com. In the event Columbia must cancel the event, your registration fee will be fully refunded. 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Want updates on new Google Earth Engine Boot Camp details or registration deadlines? Subscribe here.

Questions? Email the Google Earth Engine team here.

The Google Earth Engine Boot Camp is hosted by 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.