#maptimeDavis: Introduction to Spatial Statistics in R

May 4, 2021, 10 a.m. - May 4, 2021, noon

Organizer -

DataLab: Data Science and Informatics

Contact -

DataLab datalab-training@ucdavis.edu

Location -

Zoom links will be sent to the learner's email address as listed on their registration.


We often see that values observed in closer spatial proximity are more alike than those from distant locations, and thus the data may not be independent. This can cause problems, and opportunities, for our analyses. In this workshop, we will discuss how spatial data can break the assumptions of common statistical methods, and work towards identifying and implementing appropriate methods in R. Specifically, this workshop will focus on the uncertainty of spatial interpolation and regression.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

– Identify primary spatial data types (lattice, geostatistical, and point data)
– Describe some popular R packages for spatial data analysis
– Run code to execute common tasks in interpolation and regression.


Participants should have a basic understanding of R (for example, understand how to create variables and load common data formats like a CSV) and a basic understanding of GIS data formats (e.g., raster and vector data).


All participants will need a computer on which they have administrative rights and are able to install software, and have the latest versions of Zoom, R and RStudio installed.


Wesley Brooks

Instructor Bio

Dr. Brooks is a data scientist at DataLab. He has a Ph.D. in statistics, where his research was on methods in spatial statistics.

Registration is closed for this event