Global positioning systems (GPS) are an important tool for natural resource managers.

  • Wildlife biologists use GPS to document the location of nests and other critical habitat.

  • Foresters use GPS to delineate treatment areas and to develop standard geographic information systems (GIS) databases for roads and other management-related infrastructure.

  • Fisheries biologists and hydrologists use GPS to map stream systems, water bodies, and fish habitat.

  • Recreation resource managers use GPS to map trail systems and recreation areas.

  • This course was designed to provide an introduction to the following topics:

  • The U.S. Global Positioning System

  • Other satellite-base navigation system

  • GPS Terminology

  • Sources of Error, GPS accuracy in forested conditions

  • Post-process differential correction


  • Mission Planning

  • Who should take the course and what are the learning objectives:

    This course is designed for an audience seeking to broaden thei knowledge and gain a basic background in global positioning systems. Specifically, the course is geared toward:

  • Foresters

  • Natural resource professionals

  • Extension professionals

  • Planning professionals

  • Course pre-requisites


    There are no pre-requisites for this course.

    What do successful graduates earn?

    This course will take approximately 1 hour to complete. The course is free and open to anyone who want to learn about GPS. If upon completing the course you wish to receive Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits, you must pass the final quiz. To pass the online quiz you must compete it wil a score of 70% or higher. The quiz will be graded within 3 to 5 business dasy of completion.

    If you pass, a certificate will be sent to the email address given prior to completing the quiz. If you do not pass, you will be able to retake the quiz again.

    With a passing grade, you will earn 1.0 Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits.


    Pete Bettinger, Professor
    Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
    University of Georgia

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