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Marine Mapping Scientist


Marine Mapping Scientist The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) are looking for a scientist to join their Marine Evidence Team, to work primarily on the Marine Habitat Mapping Project. The main functions of the Project are:

  • to obtain and archive seabed habitat data, develop and advise on the Marine Habitat Classification System for Britain and Ireland
  • compose geo-data layers showing the most up-to-date collection of habitat data according to various classification systems
  • publish habitat data through online interactive web portals
  • work to ensure that there is a common approach to marine habitat mapping across the UK.

This work supports conservation advice for all types of UK MPA, facilitates monitoring and assessment surveys of MPAs, contributes to the JNCC Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Strategy by allowing prioritisation of monitoring resources based on risk, and forms the foundation for development of a number of Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) biodiversity indicators

The Marine Mapping Scientist will undertake a range of duties such as (but not limited to):

  • Taking a lead role in the collation, cataloguing, re-interpretation and management of existing UK seabed habitat data;
  • Maintaining and further developing dissemination of marine benthic habitat data through online interactive mapping systems and other portals, including developing the online portal for the EMODnet Seabed Habitats (EUSeaMap) project;
  • Building relationships and liaising with colleagues in the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, UK Government, Devolved Administrations and research organisations to promote and coordinate the preparation and acquisition of quality assured marine habitat maps and associated data;
  • Collaborating on an international scale to improve habitat mapping across national borders, including coordinating the collation of OSPAR threatened and/or declining habitat data for the Northeast Atlantic;
  • Providing advice on seabed habitat mapping to internal and external colleagues and the public;
  • Participating in and/or manage contracts to support the work of the JNCC Marine Habitat Mapping project.

Job Ref: 2014/22
Salary: £ 26,533 per annum
Closing Date: 0900 0n 21st July 2014

Date June 30, 2014

QGIS 2.4 Released

World GIS Open Source Free

QGIS 2.4 Released The QGIS team have just announced the release of the latest version of QGIS. Version 2.4 "Chugiak" is now available for download. From the QGIS release notes:
The emphasis on this release has been very much on polish and performance - we have added many new features, tweaks and enhancements to make the user interface more consistent and professional looking (and hopefully easier to use). The composer (used for creating print ready maps) has had a lot of work done to it to make it a more viable platform for creating great cartographic outputs.

There has been a fair amount of chatter on forums and blogs around a few new features such as:

  • colour previews in composer and map canvas
  • copy, paste, drag n' drop colours
  • Multi-threaded rendering
  • colour-blind friendly palettes

One plugin worth noting is the MetaSearch Catalogue Client Plugin which will allow users to interact with Catalogue Services for the Web.

You can find a complete listing of the improvements and features of QGIS 2.4 on their change log.

Date June 30, 2014

Research Support Officer - St Andrews

UK GIS Research

Research Support Officer - St Andrews The School of Geography and Geosciences Census and Administrative Longitudinal Hub at the University of Southampton are seeking to appoint a motivated research-support officer to undertake work as part of the ESRC-funded Census and Administrative data LongitudinaL Studies (CALLS) Hub based at the University of St Andrews, Department of Geography and Sustainable Development (DGSD).

The researcher will rate the similarity of variables between the UK’s three longitudinal studies to help establish a data dictionary. This will involve independent working skills and an ability to work consistently to produce spreadsheets for uploading to the CALLS website.

The post is fixed-term for 8 months and on a part-time basis (50%) which equates to 18.125 hours per week, and will be available from 1 September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Fixed Term: 8 Months
Salary: £20,972 per annum pro-rata
Closing date: 29th July 2014

Date June 30, 2014

Senior RA / RF - Earth Obs - Southampton

Research GIS RS UK

Senior RA / RF - Earth Obs - Southampton The University of Southampton are seeking to appoint a researcher to work on a NERC-DECC funded project on ‘The role of lakes in the contemporary Arctic carbon budget’ involving remote sensing and biogeochemistry in the Arctic. The work is part of a NERC-DECC funded project that will develop pan-arctic estimates of carbon fluxes related to lakes and will be supervised by Professor Mary Edwards and Dr Jadu Dash. The project is in collaboration with groups at Loughboro’ and University College London.

The role comprises the following tasks:

  • Up-scaling field measurements of carbon flux to lake sediments using our newly developed Arctic Lake Geodatabase (NALGD).
  • Up-scaling field measurements and estimates from the literature of CO2 and CH4 fluxes to the atmosphere from arctic lakes using the NALGD.
  • Analysis of regional patterns of atmospheric gas concentrations using measurements from the GOSAT sensor to create a spatial database of gas concentrations and their seasonal variation.

You will have an MSc in remote sensing and spatial analysis, Research interest in arctic gas flux and Experience in use of remote sensing data. You will have an academic interest in biogeochemistry, particularly the carbon cycle, and an interest in the Arctic region; experience in these areas would be advantageous.

Salary: £28,132
Closing Date: 25th July 2014

Date June 30, 2014

GIS Applications Specialist

Research GIS RS UK

GIS Applications Specialist The British Antarctic Survey are looking to appoint a GIS Applications Specialist within the BAS Mapping and Geographic Information Centre (MAGIC).

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, aims to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, and to sustain for the UK an active and influential regional presence and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs.

BAS really want is someone clever, conscientious and geospatially-minded to help us with current sea ice information services plus new projects and ideas. We are keen to help you develop skills in geospatial data handling, programming, remote sensing and maintaining operational services. Although not essential, existing skills in any of these areas is a great starting point.

So if you are:

  • enthusiastic and keen to learn about the polar regions
  • like open source software and clever geospatial data visualisation
  • want to help us develop new polar monitoring applications

Qualifications:Degree-level in Geography/GIS or a related subject with a large GIS or remote sensing component.
Duration: 3 year fixed term appointment initially.
Salary: Salary will be in the range of £19,937 to £23,640 (Band 7) or £26,715 to £30,000 (Band 6) per annum.
Closing Date:10th August 2014

Date June 30, 2014

Geospatial Developer vacancy - Environment Systems


Geospatial Developer vacancy - Environment Systems Environment Systems is seeking a highly motivated developer, with a proven technical track record in developing applications and geospatial web services, to join our team.

This permanent post will ideally be based in our Aberystwyth office, but field based working is an option for the right candidate. The post will require some UK and overseas travel. Salary package will be competitive and will be negotiated on the basis of qualifications and experience.


  • A track record of creative thinking and applying it logically to solving problems.
  • A strong interest in innovation and working at the research/operational interface.
  • A strong desire to work in an entrepreneurial, growing company; and help it grow faster.
  • Have excellent technical skills and demonstrable expertise of programming and scripting in
    Java and Python.
  • Expertise in developing OGC services built on Amazon Web Services.
  • Experience of using geospatial libraries and RDMS (PostgreSQL or equivalent).
  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with peers, senior colleagues and

Closing Date: 25th July 2014

Date June 27, 2014

Remote Sensing Lecturer - University of Southampton

Research RS UK

Remote Sensing Lecturer - University of Southampton Applications are invited for a Lecturer in Remote Sensing at the University of Southampton. You will work the Global Environmental Change and Earth Observation (GECEO) Research Group of Geography and Environment within the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences; the Faculty brings together a unique range of disciplines and is committed to tackling the world’s biggest challenges through interdisciplinary research.

You will have core expertise in remote sensing with a focus either on ecosystem process modelling or a substantive application. We would especially welcome applicants with expertise which complement our current research interests, including global environmental change, carbon cycling, vegetation phenology, biomass burning, spatial epidemiology, food and water security, climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, and sustainability.

You will have a PhD in Geography or a related field (or equivalent professional qualifications), an emerging profile of academic publications and the ability to win external research funding. You will contribute to, and help further develop, GECEO’s well established teaching portfolio in remote sensing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, undergraduate teaching experience would be advantageous.

The post is tenable from 26January 2015 (i.e., the start of the second semester of Southampton’s 2014/15 academic year).

Salary: £30,728 to £34,565
Deadline: Monday 30th June 2014

Date June 27, 2014

An Introduction to Spatial Microsimulation Using R

Cost Learning Resource GIS Programming UK

An Introduction to Spatial Microsimulation Using R The University of Leeds, as part of TALISMAN (an ESRC funded project and NCRM node aimed at enhancing research methods across the UK) are running an introduction to Spatial Microsimulation using R.

Spatial microsimulation is a statistical method by which individual-level data is generated for small areas by combining national surveys with geographically aggregated census data. Much has been written about the technique in academic journals, but there has been less work explaining the practicalities of its implementation, generally, and its customisation for specific purposes. Journal articles have tended to present key results, but not the underlying code, therefore hindering reproducibility.

This 1.5 day course fills this knowledge gap taking an explicitly practical and pragmatic approach to spatial microsimulation. Its aim is to allow attendees to harness spatial microsimulation for their own needs by providing example data and code. To this end the course uses R, a free, open source and extensible statistical language that is becoming the de facto standard for statistical analysis.

Some experience with R is highly recommended. No prior knowledge of spatial microsimulation is assumed (but would be useful). The course will begin from first principles, using simple examples to ensure understanding of every step. Content too will be directed to participants' needs.

Name of instructor: Dr Robin Lovelace
Cost: £45 for UK registered postgraduate students; £90 for academics/staff at Institutes of Higher Education, public sector staff and staff at registered charity organisations. £220 for all others.
Date: September 18th 9.30am-4.30pm and September 19th 9.30am -1.30pm

Date June 27, 2014

Esri European User Conference deadline approaching


Esri European User Conference deadline approaching There is still time to register to share your experiences and accomplishments using Esri products at the European User Conference (EUC). The deadline for submitting your presentations is the 30th June.

Presentations should be on one of the following topics:

  • Agriculture
  • Commercial/Business/Location-Based Service (LBS)
  • Education and Research
  • Environmental and Forestry Management
  • Water Resource Management
  • Local and Regional Government
  • National Security: Defense, Intelligence, and Public Safety
  • National Security: Emergency Management
  • Oil and Gas
  • SDI, Mapping and Cadastre
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Utilities, Energy, Telecom and Water/Wastewater
  • Water Resource Management

For more details on how to submit your work, please follow the link below.

Date June 26, 2014

British First World War Trench Maps, 1915-1918

Mapping Services Free GIS EU

British First World War Trench Maps, 1915-1918 The National Library of Scotland have launched a new web site that provides access to trench maps for the First World War. Specifically, these are British trench maps of the Western Front at scales of 1:20,000 (GSGS 2742), 1:10,000 (GSGS 3062) and larger.

Although the NLS trench map holdings are patchy, and far less complete than collections elsewhere, we hope that they may still be of interest and of value.

As with their other map collections, the trench maps can accessed:

  1. as individual sheets using a zoomable map index
  2. as georeferenced overlays on a modern Google or Bing map base:
  3. by map series and sheet lists
  4. using our Side by side viewer - so the maps can be compared to each other and to modern day satellite/map layers
  5. or you can pop in and visit the actual library if you are in Edinburgh.

The maps have been made available to coincide with an exhibition opening tomorrow in the National Library of Scotland (27 June to 11 November):
'Behind the lines: Personal stories of the First World War' .

Date June 26, 2014
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