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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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