January 30, 2023 to February 3, 2023
Europe/Paris timezone

Info for participants

Incremental update - 24/01/2023


The webinar will be open 15 minutes before the nominal start each day (9:00 a.m. CET, i.e. open to attendeees at 8:45 CET), in order to try and start sharp at 9:00.


Materials eventually shared (links, presentations, etc.) by speakers will be, after the school, available from the respective contributions on the timetable (see example). What is not going to be there will only be available as asynchronous video.


General update - 20/01/2023


NOTE: this information is also available (mirrored) on the following pages. Please bookmark them and refer to them for the latest minor incremental updates. Major updates will also come via email: 

The school runs for five days. 

Its synchronous live real-time parts start at 9:00 and end for most days at 17:30 (CET time zone). Activities are divided in four blocks of 1.5h each. Typically the first one is lecture-like, the second two (1.5h x 2) are hands-on, the last one includes seminar talks related to the theme of the day. A special seminar event is also planned for Wednesday at 17:30-18:30. 

The focus of this year is on geologic mapping from orbit at the scale of landing sites. The targets will be Mars and the Moon. Seminars will complement the core content.


For those who are not able to follow activities live, the school will also be asynchronous.

The recorded lessons will be available shortly after the end of live activities.


Upon completion of the School, there will be two types of certificates: One for standard participation, and one additional advanced certificate based on the map production linked to hands-on. 


The basic certificate will require basic quizzes covering very surficially the content of each class, i.e. only attendance needed to answer those, no extra dedicated study time.


The creation of a map is not mandatory for the basic certificate level. 


The mapping tasks for the advanced certificate will be individual, not group-based.







Zoom links

We will distribute the  Zoom link for the first day (Jan 30th) a few days before the start of the Winter School. The links for each school day will be shared the day before. In case of technical issues or zoom bombing, we will communicate links via email or Discord. Please check your email in case, and also the spam folder.


Discord server for support & interaction

We will provide support during the school via Discord (using the existing GMAP Discord server).


Interaction and Q&A: 

Please note that the number of participants is quite high. This means that real-time Q&A or interaction via audio or discord might be challenging. Please be patient with instructors and fellow participants.

Also, lectures and hands-on are tightly packed, therefore questions cannot be answered during those sessions (unless there is any unused time at the end), but during dedicated Q&A slots (see program). 


We will maximise the time for questions and discussions, but it might be tight. Please make use of the Q&A feature of Zoom, and Discord channels to ask eventual follow-up questions.


Relevant unanswered questions during the Q&A time will be anyways collected and addressed asynchronously, and possibly bundled.

Long-term follow-ups matters/questions will be subject of dedicated monthly GMAP community telecons, announced via Discord channel.


Please note that the level of treatment (see previous schools) is ideal for late undergraduate / graduate /PhD students with some familiarity with geologic concepts and basic ideas of remote sensing. We will try to point to resources and suitable literature for the participants, with their diverse backgrounds (see further below). 


Please consider this school as an entry point for participants to dig deeper. Resources and suggested readings are provided.


Required software

Please install latest versions (3.28 or 3.22 LTR) of QGIS for your platform: 



Prior versions will not work properly with our plugins or mapping projects.


MacOS users:

QGIS works fine both in Intel-based and M1-M2 Macs (with the emulation layer, but performance is not affected). 


The SIP (System Integrity Protection) on MacOS does not automatically allow you to install downloaded applications from the web. To solve this issue:

  1. double click on the QGIS installer
  2. drag and drop the QGIS.app icon in the Applications icon to install
  3. click "Cancel" on the popup "this software cannot be opened"
  4. go to System Preferences -> Security and Privacy
  5. Click "Open anyway"

For Mac OS Ventura: 

(Alternatively, after the first attempt to open Qgis and MacOS not allowing it, right-click on the Qgis.app icon and pressing “Open” should do)

Data and software download

GIS data packages are provided as zipped files. The size indicated below is relative to the zip version. Uncompressed files occupy a larger space (typically double).


Main data download:

The Moon (2.5 Gb)



Mars (5 Gb)



Optional data download:


CRS (500 Mb)


Mappy + Trafficability (2.5 Gb)


Repository with relevant information

Information and relevant references, and resources for the winter school are provided on the public GitHub repository: 



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A FAQ page is available and will be updated until the school start: 


See https://indico.obspm.fr/event/1713/page/35-faq 


Still have questions?

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to info@planetarymapping.eu


See you virtually at the end of January.


The organisers