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Department of Geography


Computing, Automated Cartography and Remote Sensing

Computing, Automated Cartography and Remote Sensing

The current provision of computing in the department of geography consists of over 250 computers spread over four sites in central Cambridge. In addition there are more than 60 printers, 16 scanners, and a number of specialized pieces of equipment, such as an A0 printer, digitizing tablets, projectors and electronic whiteboards for giving presentations, and field equipment including a set of laptops available for loan. A number of image processing and geographic information system (GIS) packages including ESRI's ARCGIS, ERDAS Imagine and ENVI/IDL are available, together with statistical packages such as Minitab and GeoDa.

Computing teaching laboratory

Computing resources play an important part in courses at undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. levels. Formal teaching covers basic information technology, Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing. The main teaching laboratory consists of 40 PCs with printer and projector. There are also two separate smaller teaching laboratories for GIS and Research student use located in the Sir William Hardy Building. These facilities provide opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students alike to develop 'hands on' skills in geographical information technology. In addition the computing facilities provide the framework in which the Department carries out many of its research activities. To this end most staff members have PCs in their offices, which may be used for anything from computational modelling of ice flows to textual analysis or statistical processing of census data.

The system is managed by the Assistant Director of Research in Computing, assisted by two Computer Officers, who are responsible for day-to-day running of the facilities, a web developer who develops web applications for the Department's Intranet and public webpages and a Geomatics Support Officer who provides technical assistance for those with computational mapping requirements.

Further computing facilities and software packages are available from the University Computing Service.