Cal-Adapt is California’s official go-to source for downscaled climate data. Most people interact with Cal-Adapt through the website, but Cal-Adapt also features an API which can be used to query and download data through programming languages.

The workshop included hands-on exercises using R Notebooks, which require some very basic experience with R. Participants (especially beginners) were encouraged to use RStudio Cloud (free account is fine), which runs RStudio in a browser. A RStudio Cloud project with everything you need was shared before the workshop. Alternately, participants had the option to complete the exercises using RStudio Desktop (setup instructions to be provided). Familiarity with climate data and Cal-Adapt is helpful but not required.

The goal of this workshop was to introduce Python and Jupyter Notebooks within ArcGIS Pro software application and to get a start on basic scripting in GIS.

To complete the hands-on exercises, participants needed a licensed copy of ArcGIS Pro. All UC students and faculty should have access to ArcGIS Pro through their campus. For others, information was shared on how to obtain a temporary ArcGIS Pro license.

Part. 1. Tuesday October 11, 2022. 3:30 – 5:00p • online • free

Part. 2. Wednesday October 12, 2022. 3:30 – 5:00p • online • free

Part. 3. Friday October 14, 2022. 10:30 – 12:00p • online • free


R is an enormously popular open-source platform for statistics, programming, and data science. The command line interface however is very different from Excel, and can take some getting used to. This introductory 3-part workshop series will start from the beginning. Through slides and hands-on exercises, participants will learn the fundamentals of working with data in R, including importing data, cleaning and manipulating tabular data for analysis, and running simple statistical tests.

Requirements: No experience necessary. Participants with some experience are welcome to start with Part 2, but are expected to know the basics. To complete the hands-on exercises, you’ll need a RStudio Cloud account (free), or have RStudio Desktop installed (also free). 

Details and Registration.

Friday September 30, 2022 • 1:00 – 4:00pm • online • free

ArcGIS Online is the online component of the ESRI geospatial ecosystem, and the foundation for web mapping, story maps, and mobile data collection. This workshop will provide an overview of ArcGIS Online and teach participants how to create a web map. This workshop is a prerequisite for the Story Maps and Field Maps workshops, and recommended for ArcGIS Pro.

Requirements: No experience required. Participants must have an ArcGIS Online account set up prior to the workshop (free for all UCANR employees, temporary accounts available for others). 

Details and registration.

Friday October 21, 2022 • 1:00 – 4:00pm • online • free

ArcGIS Pro is ESRI’s powerhouse desktop application for all things GIS. It can do anything from basic cartography to advanced geospatial modeling. This introduction will get you started creating maps with local and online GIS data.

Requirements: Participants must have ArcGIS Pro installed on their personal computer prior to the workshop. ArcGIS Pro is for Windows only. Licenses are free for all UCANR employees, and temporary accounts available for others. No experience needed, but the ArcGIS Online workshop (Sept 30) or equivalent experience is strongly encouraged.

Details and registration.

Friday Dec. 9, 2022 • 1:00 – 4:00pm • online • free

Story Maps for ArcGIS is a powerful and popular platform for creating websites that convey compelling narratives through text, media, and maps. Story Maps are increasingly used for online extension, program reporting, and presentations. This workshop will get you started and give you the tools to create your own Story Maps.

Requirements: Participants must have an ArcGIS Online account set up prior to the workshop (free for all UCANR employees, temporary accounts available for others). The Intro to AGOL workshop, or equivalent background, is a prerequisite for this workshop.

Details and registration.

Introduction to Cartography in ArcGIS Pro | Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

Introduction to Jupyter Notebooks in ArcGIS | Friday, Nov. 19, 2021

Introduction ArcGIS Field Maps | Friday, Nov. 5, 2021

Introduction to ArcGIS Pro | Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

DroneCamp 2021 In-person Flight Instruction | Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021

Introduction to ArcGIS Story Maps | Friday, Oct. 8, 2021

Introduction to ArcGIS Online | Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Working with Cal-Adapt Climate Data in R | Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Drone Camp 2021 (Online Short Course) | July 26-30, 2021

Introduction to Google Earth Engine (Zoom Workshop) | Friday, May 7, 2021

Introduction to ArcGIS Pro (Zoom Workshop) | Friday, June 4, 2021