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This workshop introduces participants to working with planetary image data using several software tools, including JMARS, ArcGIS™ Pro, ISIS3, and structure-from-motion photogrammetry. It will also have a unit on planetary data management in the digital age. This workshop focuses on tasks and software features most relevant to planetary science research, such as mapping and image analysis. It is intended for participants with little or no prior experience with these software and, for those with experience in ArcGIS, who want to transition to ArcGIS Pro.

The Workshop will be held in the Bateman Physical Sciences Center H-Wing, on the Arizona State University Tempe campus. There is no fee to attend this workshop, but participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to ASU, lodging, and daily expenses. We are offering two, $2000 travel grants for individuals from underrepresented groups to participate in the workshop.

Most of the workshop consists of hands-on exercises, with some lectures and demonstrations, with tips on where to find imagery and data, and image analysis in JMARS and ArcGIS Pro, and basic image processing using ISIS3. We have space for ~30 participants who will use PC desktop computers with ArcGIS site licenses.

This workshop is offered through the Planetary Data Training Workshops program, which is funded by NASA’s Topical Workshops, Symposia, and Conferences (TWSC).

Presentation materials:

ArcGIS Pro: D.M. Nelson
• GIS-Seminar 1: Lecture – What Is GIS? [PDF, 11.7 MB]
GIS-Seminar 2: Exercise 1 – The Interface [PDF, 6.7 MB]
GIS-Seminar 3: Exercise 2 – Rasters [PDF, 3.6 MB]
GIS-Seminar 4: Exercise 3 – Vectors [PDF, 3.6 MB]
GIS-Seminar 5: Exercise 4 – Combined Datas [PDF, 3.6 MB]

Planetary Data Management: M. Hunter & S. Black
• Planetary Data Management in Support of Open Science [PDF, 1.8 MB]

Planetary Data System: T. Hare
• Planetary Data System Introduction [PDF, 13.6 MB]

Registration Form

Google Doc Registration

Travel Grant Application

Google Doc Travel Grant form

Top-Level Agenda


M May 22


Travel day to ASU



T May 23

W May 24

Th May 25

JMARS Training (All day)

ArcGIS Training (All day)

ISIS3 Training (Half day)
Planetary Data Management (Half day)

Scott Dickensheid

David Nelson

David Nelson
Marc Hunter (virtual)

H-wing computer lab

H-wing computer lab

H-wing computer lab

F May 26

Photogrammetry Training (Half day)
Travel home (Afternoon or evening)

Brett Carr

H-wing computer lab


Air Travel

Arizona State University’s Tempe campus is served by Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, in which most major airlines (United, Delta, American, Southwest) service Phoenix. Learn more about Sky Harbor at this link:
Sky Harbor

Sky Harbor airport is about a 15-minute taxi or Uber/Lyft drive from the Tempe campus. The Phoenix Valley Metro Light Rail has a stop at the airport, and two stops on the ASU Tempe campus. Learn more about Phoenix Light Rail at this link:
Phoenix Light Rail

Hotels Closest to ASU Tempe, AZ

1) Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix/University, 601 E 6th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281
    (This hotel is closest to Planetary Data Training Meeting venue in PSH building)
Hyatt House Tempe
Hyatt Place Tempe

2) Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown, 108 E University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281
    (This hotel is also a short walk to PSH building)
Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown

3) Graduate Hotel Tempe, 225 E Apache Boulevard, Tempe, AZ 85281
    (On the south side of campus, about a 15 minute walk to PSH building)
Graduate Hotel Tempe

4) Moxy Phoenix/Tempe ASU area, 1333 S Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85281
    (On the south side of campus, about a 15 minute walk to PSH building)
Moxy Hotel Tempe

5) Sleep Inn & Suites Tempe ASU Campus, 1031 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281
    (On the south side of campus, about a 15 minute walk to PSH building)
Sleep Inn & Suites Tempe


Contact GIS specialist: David Nelson, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration: