BES Parasites and Pathogens SIG: An Introduction to Spatial Statistics

This workshop is intended as an introduction to spatial statistics, from how you can access spatial data through to providing a skeleton work flow for analysing data, exploring spatial patterns and statistical analysis that incorporates spatial and temporal autocorrelation.

This 1.5 day workshop will be held after the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases 2018 in Glasgow and is organised by the British Ecological Society Parasites and Pathogens Special Interest Group. The workshop is aimed at post graduate students and early career researchers who are interested in using spatial statistical approaches, particularly in the analysis of epidemiological data. Often, such data is collected over space and time, resulting in spatial and temporal dependencies that need to be accounted for in any statistical analysis of the dataset. Furthermore, the growth of remote sensing and big data means that there are now many, freely available satellite based products, but how to access, process and use this data can be challenging.

We will begin with exploring the Google EarthEngine – a platform for accessing, processing and analysing spatial data using both a code driven and a GUI approach. We will use an example dataset and explore a couple of available and useful resources such as Landsat 8 and global forest change products.

After accessing the data, we will go on to using R packages such as SpatStat and R-INLA to explore spatial patterns, undertake an analysis of our example dataset and discuss some of the important assumptions, pitfalls and solutions for analysing spatial data.

We will also feature a session from the British Ecological Society and Royal Society Publishing on how to get published.

Registration for BES members is £70.00
Registration for non – BES members is £80.00

Please register for the event here