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The rapid growth in the acquisition and use of geospatial data now applies to many disciplines and this unit offers expertise in GIS, map/illustration design, GPS, terrain modelling, air photo interpretation and other areas.


The GeoMapping Unit is based within and funded by SoGEES (School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences).
It primarily, but not exclusively, serves staff and students in these areas.

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Map/illustration design and production for staff
The unit provides this service for staff research, publications and teaching. Deadlines reflect the complexity of the task, our current workload and the required publication/conference date.


Supporting and teaching students
All staff in the GeoMapping Unit work with students providing advice on map production and design for coursework and projects. Make an appointment with the appropriate team member.
Between us we also teach different aspects of digital cartography and GIS, map interpretation, field mapping and aerial photo interpretation.


Spatial data collection and analysis
Advice and help is available on field data capture (eg GPS receivers) and the possibilities for analysis (eg ESRI ArcGIS), again through timetabled lectures and practicals but also at an individual level.  


Paper maps and air photographs
Collections of paper maps covering topography, soils and many other themes are based in the Davy Building, 708. Loan conditions will vary depending upon the collection involved. We have full UK coverage of the UK at 1:50,000 (Landranger) and 1:25,000 (Explorer). These maps are available for loan.

Geology maps, memoirs reports and other publications are held in the Geology Map Room, 005, Fitzroy Building. You will also find here a large collection of aerial photography is used in practical classes and for independent field mapping.


Geography and Environmental Science undergraduate dissertations
Past dissertations from recent Geography Graduates are available to browse in Davy 708. A selection of Environmental Science Dissertations are also available. Please enquire for more details.










Tim Absalom

Location: 708 Davy Building
T: +44(0)1752 585533

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Shaun Lewin

Location: 708 Davy Building
T: +44(0)1752 585538

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Jamie Quinn

Location: 708 Davy Building
T: +44(0)1752 585537

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Who to contact


If you are not sure which of us to contact we have a generic email address – - which will go to us all and the most appropriate person will respond.