Learn and Teach

QGreenland has comprehensive workshops, tutorials, and how-tos to suit everyone from the beginner who has never used GIS software before to more advanced users looking to make their own data compatible with QGreenland.


QGreenland Educator Workshop: Design Learning Activities with GIS Tools 

June 5-8, 2023 

Application Deadline Extended to April 17, 2023!

Authentic learning activities for undergraduate students can be difficult to find and time-consuming to generate. QGreenland invites educators to a dedicated workshop to co-develop learning resources using QGreenland data. The workshop will bring together instructors across disciplines to create learning resources which use Greenland-focused data that can then serve the larger community. The workshop will include training on how to use research-based pedagogical approaches. This workshop is best suited for formal undergraduate or graduate educators. Familiarity with QGIS or willingness to complete the beginner tutorial series is preferred.  


Benefits of participation: 

  • $250 stipend for successful completion of workshop 

  • Authorship of curriculum resources available to the educational community 

  • Access to the collection of GIS learning activities developed by workshop participants 

  • Build a network of educators  

For more information and to apply, visit the workshop page

QGreenland Researcher Workshop: Develop Standards-Based Geospatial Data Practices

May 23-25, 2023

Applications Now Closed

QGreenland curates Greenland-focused data ready for research and analysis. The QGreenland data package represents only a small portion of available data, much of which requires specialized skills to handle. The goal of this workshop is to equip researchers with the necessary skills to evaluate data quality, standards-compliance, and develop best practices for open-science geospatial workflows which enable use with QGreenland.  

Participants will work in small groups to engage in discussion on open-science practices and tools like JupyterLab and GitHub, work through several data-based exercises focused on gaining first-hand experience making data ready for analysis, and develop practices for collaboration.  

This workshop is aimed primarily at graduate level or higher researchers interested in answering questions about Greenland using geospatial data. Basic knowledge of QGIS and experience using QGreenland are assumed. 

Benefits of participation: 

  • $250 stipend for successful completion of workshop 

  • Gain skills to make data QGreenland-friendly and standards compliant 

  • A portfolio of Jupyter Notebooks on GitHub demonstrating skills developed during the workshop 

  • Extend your network of researchers answering questions about Greenland 

For more information and to apply, visit the workshop page


Past Workshops

Find recordings of past workshops on the QGreenland YouTube channel


Teach with QGreenland

GIS can be a powerful teaching and learning tool. Using GIS in a secondary or post-secondary classroom has been shown to increase students’ spatial thinking and higher-order learning skills. QGIS is a particularly useful GIS platform for educational use because it is free and open source; thus students anywhere can download the software onto their computer or laptop without having to pay for a license. Once downloaded, both QGIS and the QGreenland data package run offline, eliminating concerns about limited bandwidth or unstable internet connections in classrooms, at home, or in the field. 

QGreenland supports a wide variety of science learning topics, skills, and practices, including but not limited to:

  • Earth's systems and climate
  • Cryospheric and hydrologic processes
  • Arctic processes and ecosystems
  • Spatial and temporal change
  • Modeling and using model data
  • Analyzing and interpreting data

Is there a topic you'd like to learn more about either through an online tutorial video or at a QGreenland educator workshop? Email us at qgreenland.info@gmail.com.

Performing a Raster Surface Volume calculation on the Ice Sheet Thickness layer

Querying With QGreenland

Learn more about querying and analyzing QGreenland datasets using built-in QGIS tools with our new Querying With QGreenland short tutorials. Download the pdfs below to get started:

What is a good estimate of the Greenland ice sheet's volume?

Which populated regions in Greenland have more than 5000 people?

What is the total number of people in Greenland’s populated areas? What is the average size of Greenland’s populated areas?

Learn to Use QGIS

QGreenland runs on the free and open source QGIS software (www.qgis.org). The User Guide included in the QGreenland download package explains the basics of QGIS and how to use some of the built-in tools to explore and analyze QGreenland data. Here is a sneak peak of the topics covered in the QGreenland User Guide:

  • Tour the QGIS interface (toolbars, panels, map view, and more)
  • Interact with QGreenland data layers
  • Learn to use the Processing Toolbox to analyze or query QGreenland data
  • Import GPS or other GNSS data into your QGreenland project
  • Create new data layers from scratch
  • Design a map for print or publication

The QGreenland User Guide is not meant to be a comprehensive QGIS manual. For more general QGIS information and advanced tutorials, check out these resources: