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GPS Basics: Ecological Conservation


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12 Hours




Start Dates

August 1, 2023

Registration Deadlines

March 15, 2024

About this microcredential

This microcredential is one of six training opportunities to prepare participants to work as an Ecological Conservationist and can be taken in any order or on their own.

Conservation of Canada’s resources is essential in the green economy. A modern conservationist is multidisciplined and provides a balanced program which includes using sustainable wildlife management techniques that will lead to a future where aquatic and wildlife ecology remain healthy and abundant. Knowing Global Positioning basics is integral. The GPS Basic microcredential will introduce participants to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for resource managers. Participants will gain hands-on experience navigating using handheld GPS receivers. Studies will include entering GPS data into various Geographic Information Systems (GIS) file formats. Using handheld and survey-grade receivers, participants will practice advanced data collection techniques. This microcredential is the second of a suite of six training opportunities to prepare participants to work as an Ecological Conservationist.

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What will you learn?

Upon completion of this microcredential, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the theory of global positioning systems.
  2. Prepare a GPS mission plan for data collection with the use of a GPS receiver.
  3. Demonstrate data import to export from GPS.

How does this prepare you for the low carbon economy?

Water and wildlife are two of Canada’s most precious resources. Businesses such as environmental tourism on an abundant supply of clean water and well-managed wildlife. Businesses such as mining and manufacturing must understand wildlife techniques that support a healthy aquatic and wildlife ecology. All Canadians and businesses need to be cognizant of how to maintain the health and well-being of this resource. Understanding how lowering the carbon footprint to have the least impact on the environment is essential.