2 PhD posts at Loughborough

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2 PhD posts at Loughborough The Department of Geography currently has two PhD studentships available to cover fees and a stipend of c.£13300 per year.

The department currently has three members of staff in the Centre for Alpine and Polar Research who are able to supervise glacial PhD projects. Dr Richard Hodgkins is a glacial hydrologist working in Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland. Dr Jeff Evans is a marine sedimentologist and geophysicist. Dr David Graham is a glacial geomorphologist and sedimentologist working in Svalbard, Iceland and Sweden.

Some indicative PhD projects are listed on our website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departme[...] but we are happy to supervise projects based on students' own ideas.

The studentships are available to start on 1 December (or as soon as possible thereafter), so please register your interest as soon as possible by contacting one of us.

Dr David Graham (D.J.Graham@lboro.ac.uk)
Dr Jeff Evans (J.Evans2@lboro.ac.uk)
Dr Richard Hodgkins (R.Hodgkins@lboro.ac.uk)

Edinburgh GeoSciences talks - Autumn 2009

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Edinburgh GeoSciences talks - Autumn 2009 Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh run a number of seminar sessions including the Hutton Club, which looks at all aspects of physical geography, and the Edinburgh Earth Observation (EEO) series which is run in conjunction with the AGI.

Both have packed schedules for Autumn 2009 and operate on alternate Fridays to prevent any clashes that would prevent you attending. Generally it is 4pm on Friday with a post talk beer at a local pub.

Hutton Club
30th October 2009 - Dr. Simon Mudd

13th November 2009 - Dr. Hugh Sinclair
'Did Plio-Pleistocene climate change drive increases in erosion and sedimentation across Europe?'

20th November 2009 - Dr. Nick Kamenos

11th December 2009 - Dr. Jason Barnes
'The geomorphic response to active folding of the Siwalik Hills, northwest India'

Friday 9th October 2009, 4pm
Iain Woodhouse
Title: Time to get REDDy : the experiences of the REDD Horizon Project

Friday 16th October 2009, 4pm
Jo Walsh - Edina
Title: The Long Road to Open Geodata

Friday 6th November 2009, 4pm
Prof. Peter Atkinson
Title: Look-up Based Approaches to Downscaling Remotely Sensed Imagery

Friday 27th November 2009, 4pm
Robin McLaren
Title: The Role of Urban Sensing in Managing Megacities

19th February 2010, 4pm
Prof. Richard Lucas
Title: Advances in active remote sensing of regional ecosystems in Queensland, Australia

Friday 5th March 2010, 4pm
Dr. Chris Dunn
Title: Exploring participatory approaches to GIS

Friday 19th March 2010, 4pm
Prof. David Martin
Title: Modelling Populations in GIS: Rethinking Representation and Analysis

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Belgium review security and satellite images


Spotted on Ogle Earth the Belgium government are to assess the threat of high resolution satellite and aerial imagery to their countries national security. A number of countries have already had sensitive sites removed or altered in Google Earth.

The recent upgrade from satellite to aerial images seems to have triggered this latest response. The problem with the Belgium case is that the images are now in the Public domain. Other countries such as the USA and Holland managed to get Google to edit the images prior to their release. So it looks like Belgium has been somewhat slow off the mark, or missed the boat completely. Add to this the possibility of there being no law that allows the government to censor aerial images before they are released to the public and they might have a bit more of a problem on their hands.

Cartographica 44:3, 2009 Just released!

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Cartographica Volume 44, Number 3 /2009 is now available

This issue contains:

* Introduction: Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization - Sara Irina Fabrikant, Amy Lobben
* Applications of Signal Detection Theory to Geographic Information Science - Amy L. Griffin, Scott Bell
*fMRI and Human Subjects Research in Cartography - Amy Lobben, Megan Lawrence, Judy M. Olson
* Naïve Cartography: How Intuitions about Display Configuration Can Hurt Performance - Mary Hegarty, Harvey S. Smallman, Andrew T. Stull, et al.
* Navigation Tasks with Small-Display Maps: The Sum of the Parts Does Not Equal the Whole - Julie A. Dillemuth
* Issues of Change Detection in Animated Choropleth Maps - Kirk Goldsberry, Sarah Battersby
* Colour-Enhanced Star Plot Glyphs: Can Salient Shape Characteristics Be Overcome? - Alexander Klippel, Frank Hardisty, Rui Li, et al

No ArcGIS VBA support in version 9.5

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No ArcGIS VBA support in version 9.5 ArcGIS 9.4 will be the last release to support VBA. This is in line with the move made by Microsoft to end support for VBA in an attempt to move users to the .NET platform, see HERE for details.

There is a lot of discussion about this move, if you want to read more about then have a look at James Fee Blog. Jame's sticks up for VBA but points out that ESRI seem to be releasing ArcGIS versions at the rate of 1 every 18-24 months. So, expect 9.4 in summer 2010 and 9.5 late 2011 or early 2012. This timescale should give users and organisations plenty of time to migrate to the .NET platform where they can continue to use VB.net.

Lets just hope that ESRI spends the next 18 months beefing up their Python API.

UN Chief deems IT vital in Climate Change action

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UN Chief deems IT vital in Climate Change action UN Chief Ban Ki-moon has stated that IT has a vital role to play in tackling climate change. The statement was made during his opening address at the ITU Telecom World Fair.

While GIS is not explicitly mentioned it would be reasonable to assume that GIS will have a pivotal role in many systems that aim to look at the issue of climate change. The ability to rationalise data and relationships spatially will help to unravel some of the unknowns. Further, GIS is well placed to disseminating data and information to the wider community, helped in no small part by the Google Earth phenomena.

So, it seems that Ban Ki-moon is setting out a challenge for all strands of IT, including the GIS community.

Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography 2009-2010


The full programme for the Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography 2009-2010 has just been released. These seminars will be held at 5.30pm in Emmanuel College, St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, England CB2 3AP, in either the Harrods Room or the Gardner Room.

Tuesday 24 November 2009
Frances Willmoth (Jesus College)
'Fens Maps and Moore's Mapp'
VENUE: Harrods Room, Emmanuel College

Tuesday 23 February 2010
Lawrence Worms (Ash Rare Books)
'Seller, Pepys and the Seventeenth-Century London Map Trade'
VENUE: Harrods Room, Emmanuel College

Tuesday 4 May 2010
Rachel Hewitt (Queen Mary, University of London)
'Map of a Nation: The Early Ordnance Survey and the Politics of British
VENUE: Gardner Room, Emmanuel College

Country Maps - a different perspective

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Country Maps - a different perspective The University of Sheffield has released a series of maps depicting some well know countries but with the area distributed according to the population density. So, the country outline becomes warped but it is interesting to look at the new shapes produced by dominant population centres.

The research has been produced by Prof. Danny Dorling and Ben Hennig. More information can be found on worldmapper.

AGI Environmental SIG Annual Conference


AGI Environmental SIG Annual Conference The AGI Environmental SIG annual conference is taking place on Tuesday 13th October 2009.

The call for papers is now closed and the programme will be announced shortly. In the meantime why not register to attend the conference and be in with a chance of being invited to visit to the BGS' 3D visualisation suite.

For more information on the Environmental SIG please go to the SIG's web pages on the AGI website.

0930 Registration, coffee and exhibition
1000 Welcome/Introduction
1015 Geography: The key to effective flood management - Keith Wishart, ESRI (UK)
1045 Meeting European Public Sector Information Environmental Reporting Requirements - Bob Chell, 1Spatial
1115 Coffee and exhibition
1145 Geospatial Geoenvironmental Data Visualisation: Google Earth and Beyond - Roger Chandler, Keynetix Ltd
1215 Break out session
1235 Lunch and exhibition
1400 Mapping our Environment: UKMap - Alun Jones, The GeoInformation Group
1430 Keynote presentation - Ian Jackson, BGS
1515 Panel discussion and feedback from break out sessions
1545 Closing remarks
1600 Close

AGI Member: £50.00+VAT = £57.50
Non Member: £130.00+VAT = £149.50
Student: £15+VAT = £17.25

ISARA 9th International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences

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ISARA 9th International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences The Ninth International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences will be hosted by the University of Leicester, UK July 20 - 23 2010 on behalf of the International Spatial Accuracy Research Association (ISARA).

The International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences is held every two years and is concerned with all aspects of spatial accuracy in natural resources and environmental sciences. Following on from successful meetings held in Lisbon (2006) and Shanghai (2008), the symposium returns to Europe and comes to the UK for the first time, to be held at the University of Leicester in the heart of England.

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