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GIS & GPS for Oil Spill Management

The National Spill Control School

This course is designed to introduce specialized mapping tools for oil spill management. ArcGIS and Google Earth are used to display and query aerial imagery, ESI maps, realtime weather data and literally dozens of other layers of map information. Handheld GPS is used for shoreline characterization mapping and damage assessment exercises on the beach. Related topics include the use of ALOHA for HAZMAT plume modeling, tips on working with the Media and more. The class utilizes the NIMS organizational structure for ICS.

This class covers the use of GIS as a “Common Operational Picture” for the EOC or Incident Command Post.

Geospatial technologies are constantly evolving and this class showcases the latest emerging technologies and data sources for use in the Emergency Operations Center or Incident Command Post environment. The class is designed to accommodate both beginning and advanced users, so there is something for everyone!

Topics include:

  • Integrating various sources of Realtime Weather for GIS (both free and commercial sources)
  • HAZMAT plume modeling (ALOHA)
  • Specialized weather applications (HURREVAC, CATS, HAZUS MH)
  • Field exercises using GPS Photo Mapping for before and after damage assessment
  • Assembling a "GIS Go Kit" for taking geospatial technologies to the field
  • FEMA GIS Certification Requirements
  • Using Google Earth for data viewing and distribution.

Here is what former students are saying (unsolicited and unedited comments):

"I wanted to express how much I enjoyed your class. I came back to the office extremely motivated in utilizing the tools that you showed me. I have already met with the Nuclear plant on things that I can be helpful with and also with our emergency management team."

"I found it to be not only educational, but also very interesting and informative. I will definitely be able to use some of the tools we learned about in my daily work."

"You gave us some great sources of information and I particularly enjoyed hearing about your experiences as a GIS professional in an Emergency Management environment."

"It was a great and useful class. I really enjoyed it. I will recommend it to other GIS professionals."

"Thank you and great seminar! It was extremely informative."

"See you again for another class some time!"

2 days - $795

  • March 30-31, 2010
  • May 26-27, 2010
  • October 12-13, 2010

Includes reference text and other course materials. For special government/industry group rates, contact the National Spill Control School at (361) 825-3333.


The same course can also be delivered on-site by special request.