BRIGHTE Workshop Series

BRoadening Participation in the Interdisciplinary Geosciences: Hands-on Training and Education

GIS education at the science-society interface is an important component of the GIS program.  Our society is facing many challenges related to weather, climate and climate change. Extreme weather events, such as droughts, floods, hurricanes, and extreme heat events affect communities across the world.  Addressing these complex and challenging problems requires an integrated, interdisciplinary research as well as broad participation of researchers, educators and decision-makers, especially from traditionally underrepresented populations and communities. 

BRIGHTE workshop series provide an opportunity for participants to embrace an interdisciplinary approach to these scientific and societal challenges. Workshop training materials typically focus on integration of atmospheric science and data with traditional GIS data and spatial analysis to facilitate interdisciplinary research and decision making. Workshop themes range from human health and weather disasters to food security and climate adaptation. 

Through presentations, hands-on GIS training, and group projects the workshop participants learn about interdisciplinary science of global environmental change, acquire GIS skills, and gain experience with social science methods and science communication approaches. 

Our hands-on GIS exercises use a number of different GIS applications, from commercial GIS tools, such as Esri software, to open source tools such as Quantum GIS, GRASS GIS, and MultiSpec. 


Upcoming Events


Past Events

Exploring Coastal Flood Risk Through Geospatial Storytelling - Aug. 9th - Aug 11th, 2021 - 10am - 1pm Mountain Time (Virtual Workshop)

Envisioning risk of hurricane storm surge and sea level rise, July 16th - July 18th, 2019

Envisioning risk of hurricane storm surge and sea level rise, July 31st - Aug. 3rd, 2018

Integrating GIS and atmospheric sciences, June 5-7, 2017 

Incorporating weather and climate into GIS curricula - July 6th-8th 2016, Boulder, Colorado

Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the US Food System - July 12th - July 15th, 2016 - Boulder, Colorado

Incorporating GIS into the atmospheric science curriculum - June 24-26 2015, Boulder, Colorado

Agriculture in a changing climate across scales: Broadening participation in research and decision-making (2014)

Enhancing diversity in climate change science and applications: From models to adaptation (2012)

Kiksapa Summer REU at Haskell Indian Nations University (2010-2014)