BRIGHTE Workshop Series

GSI tutorial participants discuss scientific posters.

Copyright University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

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. 


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Jennifer Boehnert

GIS Coordinator



Olga Wilhelmi

GIS Program Head and Project Scientist