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Map of Devastating 2003 Heat Wave in the Netherlands Observed from MODIS Satellite. Mehdi Aminipouri (PhD Candidate in Geography at SFU)

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Using mapping/GIS for community-based research, participatory projects, and equity/diversity/social justice [New]
If you don't identify yourself as a "GIS researcher", but interested in using GIS/mapping for community-based research, participatory projects, and equity/diversity topics, this guide is a good resource to get you started. 

Geospatial data for Ecological Restoration
A guide on various geospatial data resources for Ecological Restoration. 

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2021 Esri Canada GIS Scholarship for SFU
Esri is offering a one-time award to one undergraduate and/or graduate student pursuing advanced GIS studies/courses at Simon Fraser University.  This award is related to the SFU Esri Canada Center of Excellence (SFU ECCE) within Geography that aims to bring together SFU researchers and students using GIS, and to make connections with the larger GIS community across Canada. Apply by March 8, 2021. For more details, please refer to this post

ISI and Esri Spatial Thinking Student Competition 2020-2021
Sponsored by the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and Esri. Submissions around the topics of International Year of Women in Statistics and Data Science, urban planning, sustainable development, health, and disasters of all kinds are especially encouraged.  Apply by March 1, 2021. All participants will have until May 30, 2021 to submit materials for judging.

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Map image: Devastating 2003 heat wave in the Netherlands mapped using MODIS satellite data, by Mehdi Aminipouri, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, SFU