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Remote Sensing Lecturer - University of Southampton

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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

OpenGeo Suite 4.1 released

Programming GIS Open Source Free

OpenGeo Suite 4.1 released Boundless is proud to announce the release of OpenGeo Suite 4.1! Each new version of OpenGeo Suite includes numerous fixes and component upgrades as well as bringing many new features and improvements to the platform, including:

  • Improved enterprise packages. Whether developing applications on OSX or deploying a Windows production system, our packages are designed to help you use our software more effectively. Now enterprise customers benefit from other typical IT deployment options like supported deployments for Amazon Web Services and VMware.
  • Automated clustering. We’re continually improving our clustering features for those needing high availability or better scaling under load. These improvements make spinning up clusters even easier for systems administrators by providing new automation options.
  • New data sources. OpenGeo Suite can now publish from MongoDB and GeoPackage
  • New Boundless SDK templates that use a production-ready version of OpenLayers 3. These free templates make it easier and faster to deploy enterprise applications built using OpenGeo Suite.
  • QGIS installer. Dramatically increase the ease and affordability of desktop analysis and editing tools with our bundled QGIS that includes the OpenGeo Explorer plugin to publish maps and data directly to OpenGeo Suite.

For more information, and to download OpenGeo Suite 4.1, please visit the Boundless website.

Date June 26, 2014

Intro to visualising spatial data in R

Learning Resource GIS Programming

Intro to visualising spatial data in R Fancy learning about visualising spatial data in R but don't know where to start? Well you do now. As part of the successful Talisman project, the University of Leeds and University College London have added the course notes that support their Introduction to visualising spatial data in R course online for everyone to use.

The course will lead you through loading data, plotting it, dealing with projections and making maps in ggplot2. This is a great resource for anyone who is looking to use R to visualise data. Thanks to Robin Lovelace and James Cheshire for making the resources available to the wider community.

Date June 25, 2014

EDINA - Geographic Information Technician

UK Programming GIS

EDINA - Geographic Information Technician EDINA is a national data centre, designated by JISC, and forms part of the ‘virtual library’ for staff and students in UK higher and further education. A key strategic objective is to improve access to spatial data, via the Internet/Mobile networks, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related technologies.

We seek a full time Geographic Information Technician to support, maintain and develop our online services and projects for delivering geographic information. The work is primarily focused on the data and database aspects of our services, providing operational cover and undertaking aspects of service development.

Ideally you will have a degree in a geo-spatial science or related discipline, expertise with using a range of GIS applications, database skills and practical experience of handling and processing a range of different geo-spatial data types and data.

We will be looking for individuals who can demonstrate flexibility, initiative, the ability to work with time pressures and who have good problem solving skills. The ability to work as part of a dynamic team is essential.

Main Responsibilities

  1. Performing a range of data investigation, preparation, loading and processing tasks. Including determining data loading requirements, creating scripts for loading data into databases both geo-spatial and statistical, undertaking the load. Quality controlling both the process and loaded data. Conduct data processing tasks for new and existing services, including data conversion between different formats and updating service data. (Approx 50% of time)
  2. Undertaking a range of data management tasks including metadata creation, quality control, assist in writing technical documentation covering data and data processing and quality assurance. (Approx 25% of time)
  3. Creating new derived datasets from existing source data, including creating appropriate documentation and quality assurance. (Approx 10% of time)
  4. Investigating new methods of data delivery and data visualisation. (Approx 10% of time)
  5. Supporting the work of EDINA by providing GIS skills and knowledge in both desktop and server environments. Production of sample maps and data for presentations and promotion and assisting User Support in investigating reported data issues from the online national services. (Approx 5% of time)


  • Experience with a range of GIS applications.
  • Spatial database and SQL skills.
  • Knowledge of spatial data conversion and practical experience with a range of different data (types and formats).
  • Experience with Ordnance Survey data (for example OS MasterMap, OS VectorMap, Strategi, or Boundary-Line).
  • Scripting languages such as Python

This post is full-time, open-ended and is based in Central Edinburgh. For more details and to apply, please click the link below.

Salary: £25,759 - £29,837 per annum
Closing Date: 9th July 2014
Vacancy Ref: 030640

Date June 25, 2014

ArcGIS spatial analysis MOOC

Free GIS

ArcGIS spatial analysis MOOC ESRI have announced that they will offer a free online course in spatial analysis though their new MOOC platform. This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is for people who know something about data analysis and want to learn about the special capabilities of spatial data analysis. Spatial analysis focuses on location to gain a deeper understanding of data. Spatial analysis skills are in high demand by organizations around the world. You'll get free access to the full analytical capabilities of ArcGIS Online, Esri's cloud-based GIS platform. Previous experience with GIS software is helpful, but not necessary for tech-savvy problem solvers. Could you and your career go places with spatial analysis?

The course will take 6 weeks and requires about 2-3 hours of study each week. No specific dates have been announced as yet, however if you are interested then you can sign up and you will be mailed when the dates are confirmed.

Date June 24, 2014

ESA seeks new Director General


ESA seeks new Director General Fancy heading up one of the leading players in Remote Sensing? The European Space Agency (ESA) are looking to recruit a new Director General.

The Director General guides and oversees the evolution of ESA’s role and programmes in support of Europe’s governments and the needs of European society with respect to space. They are accountable for the implementation of Agency policies and the execution of its programmes in a manner that is both supportive of European industrial competitiveness and consistent with the highest standards of effectiveness and efficiency.

The Director General exercises strong leadership over ESA activities, provides clear internal directions to its workforce and ensures their continued motivation. They conduct ESA activities with the aim of achieving the full potential of European space capability for the benefit of all participants.

The Director General will have international experience in one or, preferably, more of the following areas: political, technical, scientific, economic, administrative. He/she will have occupied top-level posts in public, semi-public or private organisations. Experience in space-related matters would be highly desirable.

For more information on the role and to apply, please click the link below.

Closing date: 18th August 2014

Date June 24, 2014

Cartographica 49 2 Summer 2014 is now available online

Research World

Cartographica 49 2 Summer 2014 is now available online The latest edition of Cartographica is available at Project MUSE. This issue (Volume 49, Number 2, Summer 2014 ) contains:

Implications of Web Mercator and Its Use in Online Mapping
Sarah E. Battersby, Michael P. Finn, E. Lynn Usery and Kristina H. Yamamoto

Mapping Mental Representations of Industrial Risk: Illustrated with the Populations of the Estuary of the Seine River, France
Emmanuel Bonnet, Marion Amalric, Morgane Chevé

Testing Subjective Preference and Map Use Performance: Use of Web Maps for Decision Making in the Public Health Sector
André Mendonça, Luciene Delazari

A New Qualitative GIS Method for Investigating Neighbourhood Characteristics Using a Tablet
Isabelle Schoepfer, Stephanie R. Rogers

Date June 24, 2014
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