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EEO-AGI(S) Seminar: “Spectroscopic remote sensing of vegetation”, Prof. Phil Townsend, of Forest & Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin, USA

October 29, 2014 Leave a comment

EOO1415“Spectroscopic remote sensing of vegetation reveals much about plant chemistry, physiology, and ecosystems… and even more about what we don’t know!”

This week’s special extra EEO-AGI(S) seminar will be given by Prof. Phil Townsend, of Forest & Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin, USA.

The seminar will take place THIS Friday 31st Oct at 4.30pm in the Old Library, Geography Building, Univ. of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP.

Also a reminder that following all EEO-AGI(S) Seminars are AGI Geo-Drinks for informal professional networking held from 5.45 in Teviot Library Bar, Bristo Sq, EH8 9AJ. All welcome – please do come along and meet colleagues and fellow AGI members.

Categories: AGI Scotland, Events

EEO/AGI Seminar: Dr. Anne Kemp – Intelligent decisions, intelligent infrastructure……the contribution of Geospatial and BIM

October 9, 2014 Leave a comment

EOO1415This week’s EEO-AGI(S) seminar will be given by Dr. Anne Kemp, Atkins Fellow and Director of BIM Strategy and Development, and also Chair, AGI UK.

The seminar will take place TOMORROW, 10th Oct, at 4.30pm in the Old Library, Geography Building, Univ. of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP.

Also a reminder that following all EEO-AGI(S) Seminars are AGI Geo-Drinks for informal professional networking held from 5.45 in Teviot Library Bar, Bristo Sq, EH8 9AJ. All welcome – please do come along and meet colleagues and fellow AGI members.

See you all at 4.30.

Categories: AGI Scotland, Events

Mobile Data Capture – AGI Focus Event

October 7, 2014 Leave a comment

GPS SatelliteThe first in a new event series from the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) will be held in Edinburgh on 23 October. Mobile Data Capture Focus will be held on 23 October in Edinburgh, sponsored by EDINA and Sigma Seven.

The event will include speakers from SEPA, ERM and Forestry Commission Scotland – sharing experience and best practice techniques in mobile data capture with an environmental slant.

1630 – Introduction
1645 – Challenges of Mobile GIS workflows in the rural environment – Tony Farndon (Forestry Commission)
1705 – Theme Mobile Mapping (Title tbc) – Gail Burgess (ERM)
1725 – Small steps in overhauling field data collection within the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) – Dr. Jonathan Bowes (SEPA)
1740  – A Quick Summary
1800 – GeoDrinks

It will be a friendly session and is open to all, whatever your interest or level of knowledge. Attendance is free for AGI members, with a £10 cost for non-members which will contribute to the work of the AGI. Advance booking is essential and is now open online.

Following the event, there will be time for networking and discussion over a drink nearby – a perfect opportunity to share your ideas and meet others interested in the topic area.

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EEO-AGI Scotland Seminar Review : Prof. Iain Woodhouse

October 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Professor Iain H. Woodhouse has made mapping the world’s forest one of his primary goals, in both research and practice. He co-founded Carbomap Ltd. in 2013 in order to apply his knowledge of mapping carbon from forests, and contributes to Ecometrica, helping businesses to become more environmentally conscious. He works in Malawi with REDD Horizon to help keep the forests sustainable for both the environment and the people who rely on them. And of course, as a professor he teaches and works with students, passing his knowledge along to the next set of environmentally conscious individuals.

His talk on Friday 26th September, entitled “Mapping the world’s forests, long ways and short ways” highlighted the issues centric to mapping the carbon in the world’s forests. Deforestation is not the problem of a single country even though it may take place in one, but a global issue, as changes in one area can affect not only that region, but people around the world. Forests are a key factor in the carbon cycle, and because they cover approximately 30% of all land area on earth, any change in the amount of land area covered can have drastic effects. The problem, however, is how to tackle the problem, and Professor Woodhouse has narrowed it down to three main criteria: global, timely, and detail.

Economies and personal use drive deforestation at an individual and global scale, making it an issue that spans country and political boundaries, and yet there is a disconnect between science and policy: Malawi’s carbon loss is negligible on a global scale, but small changes in the amount could be disastrous for individuals relying on the forests within the country. What works for one country may not work for another, or even for the global problem as a whole.

Timeliness of data collection can influence political decisions either too late or not enough—such as getting to illegal loggers fast enough—due to the number of satellites and regular coverage of an area. The data is difficult to process even when the clouds and canopy height are not affecting the quality of the data collected. Data quality is also affected by the detail of the data, and while the saying is “the Devil’s in the details,” in the case of global deforestation, too much data can be a hindrance rather than help. Detail at a local or national level is ideal, but too much on a dataset covering large sections of the Earth does not work well.

Perhaps the biggest issue in regards to deforestation, and one that covers all three main criteria in one, is that of control. Who has control of the data? Is it researchers in the United States, for example, giving the data to countries that need it, or is it people on the ground who then have to deliver the data elsewhere? How much lag time is there between data gathering and processing to the delivery of the data to the people who need it? Are the people who requested the data capable of processing or using it once they can get it?

Besides these questions, there is a matter of what system to use. Since no one way or method can solve all the problems involved with gathering and using data related to deforestation, there is no single software or data type that will give all the answers. Optical satellites and UAV LiDAR both work well, but cannot be used for the same thing. In the end, a multi-scale system—one that allows each country to decide cost and runtime, as well as control their data—is the only definite answer, but even that is not very specific, because every country is unique in their data needs.

While vampires are slain with a stake to the heart, faeries are kept away with iron, and are werewolves taken down with a silver bullet, deforestation is not an easy or simple thing to fix, and so researchers like Professor Iain H. Woodhouse continue their quest to find the best way (or ways) to slay their dragon.

Annika Lewis
(MSc in GIS at the University of Edinburgh)

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EEO/AGI Seminar: ‘Mapping the World’s forests, long ways and short ways’

September 25, 2014 Leave a comment

EOO1415This week’s 2014-15 opening EEO-AGI(S) seminar will be given by Edinburgh’s own Prof. Iain Woodhouse.

The seminar will take place THIS Friday 26th Sep at 4.30pm in the Old Library, Geography Building, Univ. of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP.

Also a reminder that following all EEO-AGI(S) Seminars are AGI Geo-Drinks for informal professional networking held from 5.45 in Teviot Library Bar, Bristo Sq, EH8 9AJ. All welcome – please do come along and meet colleagues and fellow AGI members.

See you all at 4.30.

Categories: AGI Scotland, Events

AGI-EEO Seminar Series 2014-2015 – get the dates in your diary!

September 19, 2014 Leave a comment

EOO1415Once again, AGI Scotland are sponsoring the Edinburgh Earth Observatory (EEO) team for another programme of exciting talks; titles and dates listed at the end of this post – further details will be passed on as we receive them.

The first talk is a week today – Fri 26th Sept – with Edinburgh University’s very own Prof. Ian Woodhouse.

This year we continue to look at the ever-changing, diverse, Geospatial landscape. We look at relatively new initiatives such as BIM and the use of GIS and EO across new domains, industries and areas of research activity, both in historical and future contexts.

Something of interest to everyone we hope!

Seminars are held at 4.30pm in the usual venue – Old Library, Geography, University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP.

Refreshments and nibbles will be available.  Any changes will be advertised on the website nearer the time and also in the posts sent during the week of the relevant seminar.

All talks are followed by AGI Geo-Drinks from 5.45, open to all and held in the Teviot Library Bar, Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ.

See the EEO website for updates, abstracts, Google calendar, and further information:

Do make a note of these in your diary and we look forward to seeing you there!

Talks, in date order, are:

Opening Seminar

Friday 26th September 2014, 4.30pm

Prof. Iain Woodhouse

University of Edinburgh

Title: Mapping the World’s forests, long ways and short ways


Friday 10th October 2014, 4.30pm

Dr. Anne C. Kemp

Director, BIM Strategy and Development, Atkins Global Chair, Assocation for Geographic Information (AGI) UK

Title: Intelligent decisions, intelligent infrastructure …… The contribution of Geospatial and BIM.


Friday 14th November 2014, 4.30pm

Prof. Clive Sabel

Chair in Quantitative Geography, University of Bristol

Title: To follow – Quantitative Social & Health Geography


Friday 5th December 2014, 4.30pm

Prof. Mike Worboys

Honorary Professor, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh and Professor of Spatial Informatics, School of Mathematical and Computing Sciences, University of Greenwich

Title: A fresh look at the object-field dichotomy


Friday 16th January 2015, 4.30pm

Prof. Muki Haklay

University College London

Title: VGI and Citizen Science: what we know and what next?


Friday 27th February 2015, 4.30pm

Prof. Chris Dibben

Chair in Geography, University of Edinburgh

Title: Death certificates, historic IQ measures, birth certificates – mapping our pasts and reconstructing our lifecourses


Friday 13th March 2015, 4.30pm

Dr. Ioannis Gitas

University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Title: Remote Sensing of forest fires (focus on Mediterranean ecosystems)


Categories: AGI Scotland, Events

AGI GeoCom Conference – Scottish Preview

August 10, 2014 Leave a comment
Chesford Grange Hotel

Chesford Grange Hotel

The programme for this year’s AGI Annual GeoCom Conference will announced shortly – in the meantime, we’re able to give you an exclusive preview of Scottish content that will be included.

The conference will be held from 11-13 November, at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Warwickshire. It’s within easy reach of Birmingham, for those travelling by train or air from Scotland and also has good road transport links. There is more information about the event as a whole from Rollo Home in the August Edition of GIS Professional.

This year, the conference will pull together Geo:The Big 5 (a series which kicked off in Glasgow in February), looking at the links between these and the opportunities for members. The themes across 2014 have been: Future Cities; Open Geospatial; BIM & Asset Management; Big Data; Policy.

Sir Mark Walport (UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor) has already been announced as a keynote speaker and will be a highlight of what is going to be an incredibly strong line-up for AGI’s Flagship event as part of 25th Anniversary Celebrations.

More invited speakers are still to be announced, as is the programme generated through the call for papers.The process for having a presentation selected for GeoCom is competitive (many more abstracts were received than there is space for in the programme) and it’s great to see Scottish content on the programme. Specifically:

  • Mixing it Up on the East Side – Ross McDonald, Angus Council
  • Embedding GIS in the delivery of a digitally connected Scotland – Colin Morrison, Scottish Government
  • Approach to INSPIRE and Spatial Data Infrastructure by Scottish Local Government – Iain McKay, Improvement Service
  • Mapping the subjective: getting Scotland’s wild land areas into planning policy – Duncan Blake, Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Using CAP Reform to Realise the Data Vision for Scotland – Abigail Page, CGI

AGI Scotland will also run a session in the AGI Group stream – outlining our work over the past 12 months and providing a round up of what is happening in Scotland. If you are at the conference and are interested in getting more involved in AGI Scotland, make sure to attend and catch up with some of the AGI-S Committee.

Of course, the rest of the event content is highly relevant to anyone with an interest in geospatial or the Geo:The Big 5 topics. Keep an eye out for the full programme line-up that will be published shortly at

Booking is open now with a range of packages available.

If you can’t wait until November, there are two further Geo: The Big 5 one day events on 30 September (Big Data, London) and 9 October (Policy, Cardiff) also with great programmes that are worth checking out.

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