GIS & Spatial Analysis

Professor Lindsay Ross heads a group working on Geotechnology; GIS, RS and spatial applications for resource management for aquaculture. Collaborating IoA staff are Dr Trevor Telfer. Remote sensing and GPS are superb data collection methods but it is GIS which gives us an excellent modelling tool for linking between biology, physiology, environment, production systems and socio-economics. These pages showcase some of the current work of the group.

Our programmes address the Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture Development and have taken two directions: the strategic evaluation of large regions for aquaculture exploitation and development, and the use of GIS in detailed facility location within a site. GIS-based environmental impact modelling is also being developed, with special emphasis on Coastal Zone Management. We have strong linkages with Latin America, involving partnerships with research institutions in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, where we have conducted training and capacity-building activities. Geotechnology is incorporated into our M.Sc. programmes and GIS training has been provided for a range of overseas institutions. Two of our GIS investigations feature as case studies in an FAO publication on RS and GIS in aquaculture (FAO Fish Tech Rep, 318). Many of our projects are also available through the FAO GISFISH website.

We are currently focusing on environmental and socio-economic interactions of aquaculture, the relationship with biodiversity, and impacts of climate change. We adopt a holistic view on aquatic resource management and aquatic production and are working to integrate a range of GIS decision making tools for multi-site assessment and management, including exploration of dynamic 3 dimensional plus time (4D) modelling tools.

To discuss potential projects, or collaborations, please get in touch through our contact form

Sincere thanks to our sponsors:

DFIDBritish CouncilCommonwealth Scholarships Commission
CONACyT, MexicoDarwin InitiativeInstitute of Aquaculture


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