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Alliance Co-Hosts ArcGIS Training for 32 Participants

On January 27th, the Climate Science Alliance and San Diego State University co-hosted the “Tools to Share Your Story” ArcGIS Online training for 32 participants with a 24-person waitlist! We look forward to offering more trainings on web-based mapping tools as part of the Stewardship Pathways program. Check out today’s blog for a recap of this training and how to stay informed of future ones.

A group of people smile together inside a classroom.

The Climate Science Alliance (Alliance) and San Diego State University (SDSU) brought together 32 partners and participants for an ArcGIS Online training titled “Tools to Share Your Story” as part of the Stewardship Pathways program on Saturday, January 27, 2024, on Kumeyaay land at the SDSU campus. This web-based mapping course was developed to support the interests and needs identified in multiple discussions with the Alliance’s Tribal Working Group, who advise the Stewardship Pathways program. 

The day opened up with a blessing from Dr. Stan Rodriguez and a welcome from Jacob Alvarado Waipuk, SDSU Tribal Liaison. Throughout the day, participants engaged with course presenters and fellow attendees to get first-hand experience with robust mapping tools that can help inform drought management, climate change modeling, and native plant management. 

A person sits at a computer using ArcGIS software.

Some of the topics that were covered include: 

  • Setting up an AGOL account

  • Searching for and downloading data

  • Creating data layers manually and with other tools such as Survey123

  • Making maps with that data

  • Sharing data and maps, and especially how to protect data from unauthorized access

We thank the presenters and participants for spending the day with us and contributing to a space of learning and important discussion. In response to the overwhelming interest in this course, planning has begun for future trainings on web-based mapping tools. Thank you to those who signed up for the waiting list—we will be in touch with future opportunities to take this course.

This training is part of the Stewardship Pathways program, which invites people from across Southern California interested in creating or expanding a career focused on advancing Indigenous climate stewardship. This training was made possible with support from NOAA and NIDIS as part of the Ecological Drought project, NASA as part of the Spatial Decision Support for Fire Management project, and SGC as part of the Resilient Restoration project. 

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As part of the Collaborative of Native Nations for Climate Transformation and Stewardship (CNNCTS), co-led by the Climate Science Alliance and SDSU, the Stewardship Pathways program supports capacity-building for individuals across southern California and beyond.

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