School of GeoSciences

EEO-AGI(S) Series Programme

A Seminar Series in GIS, Remote Sensing, and GeoInformatics organised by the Edinburgh Earth Observatory in conjunction with the AGI-Scotland

Space is the Place: Past, Future, Blue, Green, Near, Deep

Old Library, Geography, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP

Unless otherwise indicated, all talks are to be held in the Old Library at the Institute of Geography , University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh.

Note: In order to better-accommodate professionals attending talks, seminars are now held at 4.30pm in the Old Library, Geography, University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP, except where otherwise stated.

These are then followed by AGI Geo-Drinks in Teviot Library Bar, EH8 9AJ at 5.45 allowing plenty room for informal professional networking.

Friday 29th Sep 2017, 4.30pm

Dr. Vanessa Lawrence, CB

Location International

Title: Location: Its role in solving issues facing you, our nation and our World

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Dr. Vanessa Lawrence CB, HonFREng, FRGS, FRICS, FCInstCES, FRSGS, CCMI, CGeog is working internationally as a senior advisor to governments, inter-governmental organisations including the World Bank and large private sector organisations.

In addition, she is a Director of Location International Ltd which provides strategic advice and full operational capacity globally, to the public and private sector, as to how to gain from improving their own use of location information to enhance their decision-making and to meet the ever changing needs of their customers and stakeholders.  

Vanessa is a Non-Executive Director of the Satellite Applications Catapult whose focus is fostering innovation in the use of satellite data, the Honorary Colonel of 135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers, on the Advisory Group of the Urban Big Data Centre, a Trustee of the Winchester Science Centre and the Royal Geographical Society, Honorary Vice-President of the Geographical Association, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southampton and Visiting Professor at Kingston University and a Patron of the Cure Parkinson’s Trust and MapAction.

Friday 17th Nov 2017, *4 for 4.30pm*

Joint EEO-AGI(S)/Hutton Club Seminar

Dr. Lauren Biermann

Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)

Title: Building Bridges to Satellites: how the UK Government is encouraging uptake of remotely sensed data

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Satellite Remote Sensing (RS) is not in its infancy, however, the UK Government has been cautious in integrating these data into policy and monitoring strategies. To address this, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) formally launched an Earth Observation Centre of Excellence (EOCoE) in October 2015, bringing RS scientists together to drive uptake of satellite data and deliver satellite-enabled solutions. In two years, the centre has delivered a number of key projects that have started to sustainably transform the way Defra operates. My talk will largely focus on three key marine examples, including development of near-shore water quality products using Sentinel-3 data, operational vessel detection and identification using Sentinel-1 radar imagery, and tracking of pelagic fish species in UK waters using a range of remotely-sensed earth observation data. My talk will also cover how improved communication through the EOCoE has allowed for rapid sharing of cross-cutting data, and introduce UK-GEOS, a new cross-departmental government EO service.

Friday 1st Dec 2017, 4.30pm

Ed Parsons

Geospatial Technologist, Google

Title: Googling the Future of Spatial

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Friday 26th Jan 2018, 4.30pm *Change of Date*

David Henderson

Managing Director

Ordnance Survey Great Britain

Title: Changing the face of the master map of Great Britain

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As a new generation of demands and expectations are placed upon our planet, national mapping agencies are looking far beyond their traditional borders. For Ordnance Survey this has been a catalyst to shape new collaborations across the globe and opened a range of opportunities for geospatial data to connect and enable otherwise disparate applications that will be part of our near term future. This presentation will explore some of those themes and provide a number of case studies through which Ordnance Survey is looking to the future.

Friday 16th Feb 2018, 4.30pm

Julie Procter

Chief Executive

Greenspace Scotland

Title: Using OS Greenspace to transform urban places into people places

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When Scotland launched its Greenspace Map back in 2011, it was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. Now an innovative partnership with Ordnance Survey (OS) has extended greenspace mapping to England and Wales and introduced a new generation of greenspace data to Scotland. At the click of a mouse or swipe of a screen, it’s now easy to find a park or greenspace nearby.  The launch of OS Greenspace largely focused on the general public’s use for recreation and leisure but the map is also a powerful resource for GI professionals, planners, researchers and developers. This talk will cover the development of the new OS Greenspace products - OS MasterMap Greenspace, OS Open Greenspace [open data] and OS Greenspace [app] – and showcase how they are being used at local, regional and national levels to support policy, practice, research and innovation to turn urban places in people places.

Julie Procter is Chief Executive of greenspace scotland. With over 20 years’ experience working in the environmental sector, Julie is passionate about the importance of greenspace close to where people live and the many benefits it delivers for people, places and nature. greenspace scotland is Scotland’s parks and greenspace charity working towards the goal that everyone living and working in urban Scotland should have easy access to quality greenspace which meets local needs and improves their quality of life. Current greenspace scotland programmes include: Young Placechangers, Climate Change Parks, Tesco Bags of Help community grants, ParkPower, food growing strategies, MyParkScotland – Scotland’s only crowdfunding platform specifically for parks and greenspaces, and Scotland’s Greenspace Map.

In 2011, greenspace scotland and partners published the world’s first national greenspace map Following work with Ordnance Survey, the next generation of Greenspace Map was published in July 2017.The new OS Greenspace products include a detailed Greenspace MasterMap Layer for public sectors users (and academics) and an open data version that is freely available to the general public and app developers. The Map provides accurate and up-to-date information to support greenspace and green network development and management, policy-making, investment and research in relation to air quality, biodiversity, regeneration, flood resilience, health and wellbeing.

More info | @greenspacescot

Friday 27th Apr 2017, 4.30pm

Prof. Jamie Pearce

CRESH Research Group, University of Edinburgh

Title: Complexity and uncertainty in geography of health research: incorporating a 'life course of place' perspective

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Many studies show that individual circumstances throughout life influence subsequent health and well-being outcomes. The life-course perspective emphasises that health is affected by the accumulation of social and economic (dis)advantages over an individual’s life but, importantly, also that there can also be critical periods where the effects of exposure can be greater. Yet few researchers have applied a life-course perspective to the study of health and place, which has resulted in a partial understanding of the dynamics of person-health-place relations. This presentation will introduce a new longitudinal approach for incorporating aspects of place into a life course framework. Using historical and contemporary environmental information integrated in GIS alongside cohort data from a cohort of individuals born in 1936 (the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936), I will consider the influence of environmental factors over the life course on mental health outcomes and cognitive ageing later in life.

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Friday 25th May 2018, 4.30pm

Prof. Leif Isaksen FSA

Professor in Digital Humanities, Project Director: Pelagios Commons; Cluny Hill Dig

Digital Humanities Lab/Classics & Ancient History, University of Exeter

Title: Pelagios: Linking Past and Future Spaces

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