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# Geography is awarded Silver Green Impact Award

Geography is awarded Silver Green Impact Award

The Department of Geography has been awarded a Silver NUS Green Impact Award.

The Geography Green Impact Team worked hard to complete a bespoke workbook of green actions, which was reviewed by external auditors. Categories that the Department was judged on included procurement, events, social media, recycling, communication and environmental awareness.

Congratulations to the team!

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# New film: What works in reducing income inequality?

New film: What works in reducing income inequality?

A new film by Department Lecturer Dr Alice Evans explores the question: What works in reducing income inequality? While political analysis of development often focuses on incentives, this film illustrates why ideas matter, and how they can change over time.

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# European Union and Disunion: film

European Union and Disunion: film

Head of Department and 1931 Professor of Geography Professor Ash Amin appears in a new film by the British Academy on the subject of 'European Union and Disunion'. The film captures a conference held at the British Academy and chaired by Prof Amin in November 2016 which explored some of the drawn-out narratives and sentiments that at different times have aided or compromised the imagining and workings of Europe. The proceedings of the conference are published in the forthcoming volume: A. Amin and P. Lewis, European Union and Disunion: Reflections on European Identity (British Academy, 2017).

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# Geography alumnus gets into a diplomatic incident... with a boar

Geography alumnus gets into a diplomatic incident... with a boar

Geography alumnus and Ambassador to Austria Leigh Turner (Downing, 1979) made headlines yesterday when he wrote about a recent narrow run-in that he'd had with a wild boar on the outskirts of Vienna.

You can read more about Leigh Turner's ambassadorial escapades on his blog.

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# Scientia: Using nature to protect us from... nature

Scientia: Using nature to protect us from... nature

The work of Department Lecturer Dr Iris Moeller and Cambridge Coastal Research Unit on the role of salt marshes in protecting coastlines from storm surges appears in a new profile in Scientia.

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# ERC RUN at the AAG 2017

ERC RUN at the AAG 2017

PhD student Marcus Nyman, who is working on the Rethinking Urban Nature project, has recently returned from AAG- the American Association of Geographers' Annual Meeting in Boston. In a new blog post, he reflects on the experience of attending the conference, and on the urban wastelands he found while exploring the city.

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# Votes for Water: Nepal Elections

Votes for Water: Nepal Elections

Department Research Associate Eszter Kovàcs and photographer Toby Smith are in Nepal, documenting the first local government elections held in 20 years. They've produced this photo essay that explores the elections, and the increasing role played by water in Nepalese politics.

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# This Cambridge Life: Bhaskar Vira

Department Reader Dr Bhaskar Vira is profiled in 'This Cambridge Life' where he talks about boarding school in the Himalayas, conservation and never having studied Geography...

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# SPRI Library catalogue search now online

SPRI Library catalogue search now online

We are proud to announce that the Library catalogue of the Scott Polar Research Institute is now available to be searched online. This has been the culmination of many years of data improvements and technical conversion work. The collection will also be added to the main University Library catalogue in 2018.

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# New Cambridge research tracks changes to supraglacial lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet

New Cambridge research tracks changes to supraglacial lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet

A new paper by a team at the Scott Polar Research Institute presents a novel method for tracking changes to individual supraglacial lakes in West Greenland using MODIS satellite imagery. The method developed is a Fully Automated Supraglacial lake Tracking ("FAST") algorithm that tracks changes to individual lake areas and volumes over successive images. This builds on previous research by calculating supraglacial lake volumes as well as areas, and can be applied to large areas of the Greenland Ice Sheet. The FAST algorithm is being used in ongoing research into Greenland Ice Sheet hydrology. The team comprises PhD student Andrew Williamson, University Senior Lecturer Dr Neil Arnold, Leverhulme/Newton Trust Research Fellow Dr Alison Banwell, and University Senior Lecturer Dr Ian Willis.

Andrew G. Williamson, Neil S. Arnold, Alison F. Banwell, Ian C. Willis, A Fully Automated Supraglacial lake area and volume Tracking ("FAST") algorithm: Development and application using MODIS imagery of West Greenland, Remote Sensing of Environment, Volume 196, July 2017, Pages 113-133.

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