GIS for Climate Action, the latest addition to Esri’s collection of massive open online course (MOOC) offerings, opens on October 25, 2023. MOOCs are free online courses designed for anyone who wants to acquire new skills, explore additional aspects of GIS, or grow professionally. They are self-paced, range from four to six weeks in length, provide hands-on practice with the latest ArcGIS software, and furnish a certificate upon completion.
GIS for Climate Action is hosted by Dr. Dawn Wright, Esri’s chief scientist and a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University. The course is enriched by contributions from Esri staff members and partner organizations such as Project Drawdown, Katherine Hayhoe, The Nature Conservancy, the University of Redlands, and state and local agencies.
In this MOOC, you will discover how GIS is being used to understand and prepare for a future that requires more resilient communities, systems, and infrastructure. You’ll explore the latest ArcGIS capabilities and learn how to create insight that drives positive action. Through course exercises, you will
- Assess climate change indicators and risks and evaluate options for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.
- Identify the potential risks of flooding and other climate-related hazards over time.
- Evaluate climate change impacts on vulnerable populations and plan adaptive strategies.
- Create a dashboard to monitor climate data.
- Use engaging stories to inspire action.
Esri provides enrolled students with free access to ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Network Analyst, ArcGIS Instant Apps, ArcGIS Survey123, ArcGIS Dashboards, and ArcGIS StoryMaps software to complete course exercises. However, you must have access to a machine that meets the requirements for running ArcGIS Pro, a broadband internet connection, and a web browser that allows access to embedded video files such as Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge. Familiarity with GIS concepts and ArcGIS Pro is helpful but not a prerequisite. Course exercises will require two to three hours of study per week.
Register for this course today.