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Department of Geography


Geographical Information Science (GISc) Forum


From Michaelmas term 2013, a series of informal lunchtime research discussions has been running in the Department of Geography (Downing Site) centred around the area of GISc. GISc is the science that underpins the management, presentation and analysis of many types of spatial (geographical) data. The forum will be open to postgraduates, research staff and academic staff and will be of particular interest to those whose research involves working with quantitative spatial data and/or GIS (Geographical Information Systems).

There are up to 3 meetings per term, each lasting no more than an hour. Each meeting will begin with a brief (no more than 30 min.) introduction to a topic of interest to a speaker, followed by open discussion. Topics could be anything from an introduction to an interesting new technique, or summary of a recent paper, to descriptions of recent research results or work planned or in progress. The idea, in the first instance, is to facilitate the exchange of information between the research community working in this area, foster collaboration and help to build a supportive community across the University of Cambridge.

The emphasis is on informality and open discussion, but to help planning would those hoping to come along please email Mike Bithell indicating their interest and giving their department. He will be happy to answer any questions about the forum you might have.

Image: Model of flood water encroaching on Canvey Island in the Thames Estuary. A breach in the flood defences during a storm surge would lead to rapid encroachment of water into densely populated areas. See for example Brown, Spencer and Moeller (2007) doi:10.1029/2005WR004597

Michaelmas 2013 topics:

Lent 2014 topics:

For Easter the topics will be:

Michaelmas 2014 topics:

Lent 2015 topics:

Easter 2015 topics:

Michaelmas 2015 topics:

Lent 2016 topics:

Easter 2016 topics:

  • 27/4: Calculating supraglacial lake volumes from Landsat imagery Neil Arnold
  • 18/5: Digital adventures;exploring the new technologies in the deserts of Egypt Judith Bunbury
  • 8/6: An integrated agent-based and GIS approach to simulate residential and job location choice Ransford Acheampong

Michaelmas 2016 topics:

  • 26/10: A scalable agent based multi-modal modelling framework using real-time big-data sources for city transportation systems Gerard Casey
  • 2/11: Using GIS in the context of the water-land-energy nexus in the UK Zenaida Sobral-Mourao

Lent 2017 topics:

Easter 2017 topics:

  • 17/05: Urban Data Science: from crowdsourced data to applications Cecilia Mascolo
  • 31/05: Modelling global soil water and vegetation dynamics Andrew Friend