4 RA positions available at CASA
The Centre for Applied Spatial Analysis (CASA) have a number of vacancies on offer. The deadline for all the positions is the 17th December.
Applicants are invited to apply for:
- Research Associate position on the Innovative Policy Modelling and Governance Tools for Sustainable Post-Crisis Urban Development (INSIGHT) project Ref:1382074
- Three Research Assistant/Associate posts on the Morphology, Energy and Climate Change in the City (MECHANICITY) project Ref 1382108.
Both projects are funded by the European Research Council. To apply for any of these jobs, please visit the CASA page linked below or search the UCL jobs page using the codes listed above.
Closing Date: 17th December 2013 Date November 22, 2013
Hydrological Summary - for the United Kingdom
October was a stormy month, the wettest October since 2000 for England & Wales, and the wettest month of the year so far. That's the official line from The Met Office and the rainfall has had the effect of recharging some of the groundwater that has been depleted by successive dry summers.
The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology has published their Hydrological report for October and have made good use of GIS to visualise the data. I particularly like the river flow data which allows you to quickly see that while the South of the UK has been quite wet with higher flows, the far North of Scotland has seen some exceptionally low flows. The far North had a dry spring and it has stayed drier than normal throughout the summer and autumn. For more information and to read the report in full, please follow the link below.
British Library - maps online
Over 2,700 maps from the British Library's collections are now available online, and are open for georeferencing. Two collections of maps were selected for this release:
British + Irish towns: fire insurance plans (2500 maps)
The Goad fire insurance plans of British and Irish towns and cities - one of the most in-demand collections and provide unique information not found elsewhere about land use, buildings and the urban landscape in the late 19c-e 20thc
Military maps: World War I and US Civil War(225 maps)
Curator selections for two themes of military mapping: over 100 WWI-era maps include trench maps, campaign charts, and social and ethnographic mapping. Maps related to Britain's role in the American Civil War support that online exhibition
New functionality for use within social media has been implemented for this release of Klokan Technologies' Georeferencer, including greater personalisation and visualisation options. There is a short video explaining how to georeference the maps on the main maps page, linked below.
Satellite Applications Catapult UK Roadshows
The Satellite Applications Catapult is hosting a UK roadshow in December 2013 with the aim of delivering an overview of the Catapult's progress to date, providing examples of current projects, and launching our Regional Engagement Initiative.
The Regional Engagement Initiative has been designed to build relationships with knowledge-based and commercial organisations across the UK in order to align activities and collaborate to meet shared objectives. Many organisations have a considerable track record in knowledge exchange and commercialisation, and the Catapult can engage with these groups through strategic partnership arrangements. The day will include roundtable discussions giving you the opportunity to discuss emerging opportunities, potential strategic partnerships and the scope of the regional initiative, as well as to talk through any initial ideas you may have for future projects.
We have also invited a number of other Catapults to take part in these events to give you an overview of their aims and activities.
They will be hosted in the following places around the UK:
- Belfast – 2 December 2013
- Leeds – 4 December 2013
- Edinburgh – 10 December 2013
- Bristol – 11 December 2013
- London – 12 December 2013
GISRUK 2014 invitation: The University of Glasgow
In 2014, the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow will be hosting GISRUK from Wednesday 16th April to Friday 18th April 2013. As with previous years, there will be several workshops, this time on the 14th and 15th of April.
The conference will follow the usual format of plenary sessions from invited keynote speakers, and oral presentation of papers in a series of parallel themed sessions.
A full social programme will feature during the conference and will include a dinner and ceilidh not only celebrating GISRUK 2014 but also celebrating 50 years of awarding Geomatics degrees at the University of Glasgow.
Abstracts are welcome now which include the following themes:
* Open-Source GI
* Web based GIS
* Terrain Modelling
* Earth Observation
* Health and Wellbeing
* Disaster and Emergency
* Built Environment
* Natural Environment
* Marine and Coastal
Submission deadline is Friday, 21 December 2013.
Outcomes announced in early February 2014.
IJHG October-November 2013 edition available online
The following articles are now available on the International Journal of Health Geographics’ (IJHG) website. These can be accessed for free and include articles submitted to the Journal from 15 October 2013 to 17 November 2013.
Performance map of a cluster detection test using extended power. Guttmann A, Ouchchane L, Li X, Perthus I, Gaudart J, Demongeot J and Boire J.
Neighborhood differences in social capital in Ghent (Belgium): a multilevel approach. Neutens T, Vyncke V, De Winter D and Willems S.
Climate change effects on Chikungunya transmission in europe: geospatial analysis of vector's climatic suitability and virus' temperature requirements. Fischer D, Thomas SM, Suk JE, Sudre B, Hess A, Tjaden NB, Beierkuhnlein C and Semenza JC.
An evaluation framework for comparing geocoding systems. Goldberg DW, Ballard M, Boyd JH, Mullan N, Garfield C, Rosman D, Ferrante AM and Semmens JB.
Potential corridors and barriers for plague spread in central Asia. Wilschut LI, Addink EA, Heesterbeek H, Heier L, Laudisoit A, Begon M, Davis S, Dubyanskiy VM, Burdelov LA and de Jong SM.
A country bug in the city: urban infestation by the Chagas disease vector Triatoma infestans in Arequipa, Peru. Delgado S, Ernst KC, Pumahuanca M, Yool SR, Comrie AC, Sterling CR, Gilman RH, Náquira C, Levy MZ and the Chagas Disease Working Group in Arequipa, Peru.
Geospatial analyses to identify clusters of adverse antenatal factors for targeted interventions. Chong S, Nelson M, Byun R, Harris L, Eastwood J and Jalaludin B.
Urban slum structure: integrating socioeconomic and land cover data to model slum evolution in Salvador, Brazil. Hacker KP, Seto KC, Costa F, Corburn J, Reis MG, Ko AI and Diuk-Wasser MA.
CEH - Mobile Applications Developer
The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) is looking for a mobile apps developer to help them develop a range of apps that support data collection in the filed.
CEH offer a Research Associate training programme to develop skilled UK/EU scientists for the future of European environmental research. The 3-year training programme offers you the opportunity to gain practical experience of working within our active research projects whilst acquiring specialist and wider skills valuable for your future career. Each Research Associate will deliver specific, measurable objectives intended to develop their skills as a researcher and to demonstrate their suitability for a research career.
Description of specific work to be undertaken and skills to be gained:
- You will develop and implement mobile applications for the collection and dissemination of environmental data and information.
- You will also develop websites and the technical infrastructure underpinning mobile data collection.
- You’ll work with quantitative ecologists within the Biological Records Centre (BRC) and information technology specialists within BRC, the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) and CEH Applications
- Development Group, as well as with specialist collaborators.
Skills required on appointment:
- As a minimum you’ll have a 2.1 degree in computing, or another relevant discipline or have the equivalent practical experience.
- You will be effective at working in teams and you will need to demonstrate an ability to rapidly acquire new IT skills though formal courses, mentoring and well-organised self-learning.
- Some practical experience in applying IT to environmental science would be advantageous.
- Ideally you will have practical experience of mobile application development.
- An understanding of web services and GIS would be an advantage.
- An interest in the natural environment and/or have contributed to wildlife recording projects would be ideal.
Salary: £19,740 – £23,390
Closing Date: 6th December 2013 Date November 18, 2013
RA - Geoenvironmental Research Centre
Applications are invited for a Research Assistant post at the Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC), Cardiff University to develop advanced geoinformatic toolkits relevant to geoenergy applications.
The successful candidate will work with the geoinfomatic research work package as part of a major project (Seren) at the GRC which involves approximately 20 researchers and PhD students working on various geoenergy problems. The geoinfomatic work package currently develops industrially oriented IT and web-based tools for various applications such as ground source heat, carbon sequestration and coalbed methane and underground coal gasification.
The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering advanced GIS toolkits (stand-alone and web-based), applicable in geoenergy problems. The successful candidate is expected to develop a web-portal platform for dissemination of tools developed by the team.
This full time post of 35 hours per week is available immediately, and is fixed term until 30 June 2015.
Salary: £24,766 - £28,685 per annum
Closing Date: 11 December 2013
GIS specialist sought for North Sea Interactive project
Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh are looking to recruit a Geographic Information System specialist sought for North Sea Interactive project.
Dynamic and enthusiastic researcher sought to develop a new GIS-based decision support tool for the North Sea oil and gas industry. The successful candidate will have a strong track record in GIS project development combined with the ability to work in both academic and industry settings. Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, the North Sea Interactive project will integrate benthic biological data from the oil and gas industry with surficial geology and modeled oceanographic variables.
Post: 10 months
Salary: £29,541 - £36,298 or £37,382 - £44,016
Closing Date:13 December 2013
Geospatial Power Tools
A new GIS book has just been released which focuses on Open Source GDAL/OGR command line utilities. The Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL), including its subproject OGR, is the preeminent open source data access library. It is used behind most of the open source geospatial applications and also sits behind many of the leading proprietary GIS applications on the market today. Along with the programming libraries come several powerful command line utilities, intended to be run by being typed into a terminal or command prompt window.
This book is a collection of the GDAL and OGR documentation, but also includes substantial new content designed to help guide you in using the utilities to solve your current data problems.
Inside you'll find a quick reference for looking up the right syntax and example usage quickly. The book is divided into three parts:
Part I - Workflows and examples
Part II - GDAL raster utilities
Part III - OGR vector utilities
Once you get a taste of the power the GDAL/OGR suite provides, you'll wonder how you ever got along without them. This book will get you on the fast track to becoming more efficient in your GIS data processing efforts.