Advice & information on using geographical information for fieldwork.
Fieldworkers use many conventional survey and recording techniques. They can also benefit from technologies, such as:
GPS (global positioning system) to record positions and to navigate
remote sensing provides environmental information
GIS (geographic information systems) to record, process and display all kinds of spatial data
The uses of GIS range from:
logistics (planning navigation, communication etc.)
to research (vegetation change, field patterns, animal distributions etc.)
and conservation applications (predicting biodiversity, park zonation, impact assessment, etc.).
The Expedition Mapping Unit exists to share expertise in these techniques.
Those involved in expeditions or fieldwork are welcome to contact us.
The emphasis is on low-cost, reliable, and relatively simple approaches, appropriate for most non-profit research and conservation endeavours.
The Unit is run by Nicholas McWilliam (Anglia Polytchnic University) and Richard Teeuw (University of Portsmouth) among others.
Expedition Field Techniques: GIS, GPS and Remote Sensing Manual (N. McWilliam, R. Teeuw, M. Whiteside & P. Zukowskyj. RGS-IBG Expedition Advisory Centre, 2005).
This manual to provide details of fieldwork techniques, from ‘traditional’ compass-based surveying, through to the use of GIS to show GPS-located sites on satellite images displayed on a laptop screen for diverse applications.
GIS training for expeditions & fieldwork
This course is run annually in March
The Unit runs a three-day hands-on workshop for those keen to get practical experience of using these technologies for fieldwork.
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