Home ITCAbout ITCCentres of expertiseCenter of Expertise in Big Geodata ScienceCapacity DevelopmentIntroduction to Geospatial Raster and Vector Data with Python, February 2024

Introduction to Geospatial Raster and Vector Data with Python

Become a high-skilled geospatial professional

Python is one of the most popular programming languages for data science and analytics, with a large and steadily growing community in the field of Earth and Space Sciences. In this workshop, we will help participants with a working knowledge of Python to familiarize with the world of geospatial raster and vector data. We will introduce a set of tools from the Python ecosystem and show how these can be used to carry out practical geospatial data analysis tasks. In particular, we will consider satellite images and public geo-datasets and demonstrate how these can be opened, explored, manipulated, combined, and visualized using Python.

This workshop organized by the Center of Expertise in Big Geodata Science (CRIB) will cover the following aspects of geospatial data processing:

During the workshop, the following Python packages will be covered:

Participants must have access to a computer with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (see setup instructions link below).


14 and 15 February 2024 (One and a half day training)


ITC Building, Room LA 1208
Hallenweg 8, 7522 NH Enschede


The participants do not need to have prior knowledge on the Python tools this workshop is teaching. However we expect the participant to have a working knowledge of Python, and have had exposure to the Bash shell.

Please note that to participate in this workshop, it is neccessary to prepare the required Python environment before hand. Please follow the setup instructions for the preparation.


Registration is required to attend the workshop, which is open to all UT staff and students

The capacity is limited to 25 people. In case of more registrations, the participants will be selected randomly, considering the balance between staff and students.

Please register by filling in the registration form.

Registration confirmation will be send to the participants on 12 February.


ir. J.H. Gohil MSc (Jay)
dr. R.M. Aguilar Bolivar (Rosa)
Assistant Professor
R.O. Ohuru MSc (Robert)
Supporting staff


Day 1

9:30 - 9:45

Welcome and icebreaker

9:45 - 10:00

Introduction to raster, vector, and CRS

10:00 - 11:00

Access satellite imagery using Python

11:00 - 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 - 12:30

Read and visualize raster data

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 14:30

Vector data in Python

14:30 - 14:45

Coffee break

14:45 - 15:45

Raster data preprocessing with rioxarray and geopandas

15:45 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 16:40

Raster calculations in Python

16:45 - 17:00



End of Day 1

Day 2

9:15 - 9:30

Welcome and icebreaker

9:30 - 10:45

Calculating Zonal Statistics on Rasters

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:15

Parallel raster computations using Dask

12:15 - 12:30




For more information or questions, please contact ir. Jay Gohil (j.h.gohil@utwente.nl).