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Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group

Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group

The Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group supports GIS training, capacity building and increased awareness of marine spatial data sets among the broader GIS science community in Monterey Bay. Started in January 2012, the group aims to foster collaboration among academic, private, state and federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations in the Monterey Bay marine GIS science community.

Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group Meeting

Embassy Suites Monterey Bay – Seaside, CA
Monday, April 14, 2014
(8 AM – 12 PM)

*registration required by March 25


The fourth Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group meeting will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014 (8:00 AM-12:00 PM) at the Embassy Suites (1441 Canyon Del Rey, Seaside, CA). Registration is required for this free event and must be completed online by March 25th. We have a great line-up of presentations and demos:

Please refer to the online Seaside Embassy Suites map for venue location and parking details.

We hope you will join us for the fourth Monterey Bay Marine GIS User Group meeting and training event. Thank you for your interest and support!


We are excited to sponsor an Environmental Data Connector (EDC) workshop to support GIS training for our members on the afternoon of Monday, April 14, 2014 (1:30 PM-4 PM). Seating is limited and registration is required and must be completed through the online registration form by March 25th. The workshop is free for students and offered for a $10 fee to our members.

Environmental Data Connector (EDC) Workshop
Monday, April 14, 2014, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

The Environmental Data Connector (EDC) is a free tool for easier importation of satellite data in ArcGIS. Traditionally, importing satellite data into ArcGIS had been challenging, since importing multiple HDF files into ArcGIS can be quite cumbersome. There are two steps needed to alleviate this issue:

  1. Make the files available through a service that creates a “virtual file” that is aggregated through time and allows for temporal and spatial subsetting:
  2. Develop software that enables these services directly in ArcGIS or other applications.

The NOAA/SWFSC Environmental Research Division has developed data services and tools that do this, and this workshop will give a brief overview of them, with a specific focus on the Environmental Data Connector (EDC). The EDC is a Java-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) that allows for easy access to distributed data using web services from directly within ArcGIS. Since its initial development the EDC has been expanded to work from within ArcGIS, Matlab, R and Excel. There is also a standalone version, and a javascript version that runs from within a browser, which is important for facilities at which the user is unable to install software on their computer. At present, the EDC can access data served by OPeNDAP and THREDDS, ERDDAP, IOOS SOS and also local files.


8:00 – 9:00 Registration, coffee, and networking
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Introductions
9:15 – 9:35 Rob Bochenek (Axiom Consulting & Design)
9:40 – 10:00 Chris Besently (OPC)
10:00 – 10:15 Josh Mode (CARIS)
10:15 – 10:30 Corey Garza (CSUMB)
10:30 – 11:00 BREAK
11:00 – 11:25 Ellen Hines (SFSU)
11:25 – 11:40 Caitlyn Raines & Drew Stevens (ESRI)
11:40 – 11:50 Cara Wilson (NOAA)
11:50 – 12:00p Concluding Remarks
12:00 – 1:30p LUNCH (on your own)
1:30 – 4:00p EDC Workshop

Photo of the user group in a meeting.Organizers

Nadine Golden, Geographer
U.S. Geological Survey
Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center
400 Natural Bridges Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Lisa Wedding, Ph.D.
Early Career Science Fellow Center for Ocean Solutions Stanford University
99 Pacific Street, Suite 555E
Monterey, CA 93940

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