• New DigiMap videos on YouTube

    A new video on using DigiMap Roam has been uploaded to the YouTube DigiMap channel.

    DigiMap allows you to print and annotate Ordnance Survey maps and also to download OS data for use in GIS and CAD packages.

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  • New Geography titles in Ebrary

    These Geography titles are now available in Ebrary: . Links also appear in the library catalogue.

    • Geopositioning and mobility / edited by Ahmed Nait-Sidi-Moh … [et al.] ; series editor, Marcelo Dias de Amorim.
    • Tourists, signs and the city : the semiotics of culture in an urban landscape / by Michelle M. Metro-Roland.
    • Faith in heritage : displacement, development, and religious tourism in contemporary China / Robert J. Shepherd.
    • Ecotourism and biodiversity conservation / Suresh C. Rai.
    • Tourism enterprises and the sustainability agenda across Europe / edited by David Leslie.
    • Programming ArcGIS 10.1 with Python cookbook : over 75 recipes to help you automate geoprocessing tasks, create solutions, and solve problems for ArcGIS with Python / Eric Pimpler.
    • Close up at a distance : mapping, technology, and politics / Laura Kurgan.
    • Ice sheets : dynamics, formation and environmental concerns / Jonas Muller and Luka Koch, editors.
    • The role of bathymetry, wave obliquity and coastal curvature in dune erosion prediction / door Cornelis den Heijer.
    • Disaster and relief management Katastrophen und ihre Bewaltigung / edited by Angelika Berlejung.
    • Dunes : dynamics, morphology, history / Andrew Warren.
    • Watersheds : processes, management and impact / Gavyn L. Kuhn and Jason R. Emery, editors.
    • Ocean science (OS) / editor-in-chief, Kenji Satake ; volume editor-in-chief, Jianping Gan.
    • Environment disaster linkages / edited by Rajib Shaw, Phong Tran.
    • Holocene : an environmental history / Neil Roberts.
    • Geography speaks : performative aspects of geography / Rob Sullivan.
    • The human impact on the natural environment : past, present and future / Andrew S. Goudie, St Cross College, Oxford.
    • An introduction to landscape / Peter J. Howard.
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  • Mass Observation Archive

    The university has now purchased the Mass Observation Archive online.  Mass Observation was a social research organisation collecting information on British society from 1947 to 1965.  The archive covers topics such as old age, crime, shopping, dance, sport, and ethnic minorities, some of which may be of interest to those of you in human geography.

    It can be accessed at or via the Library catalogue. Your university login is needed if you are off campus.

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  • Daily Mirror Archive

    We now have a subscription to the Daily Mirror Archive from 1903 to the present. This may be useful to anyone with an interest in the views of the general public on all kinds of subjects from migration to wind farms.

    • Click on Log In near the top right of the page.
    • Click on UK Federation Log In and select Swansea University in the list of institutions.
    • Enter your usual university login details.
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  • Flooding information

    The British Library Envia project has lots of “grey literature” about flooding and other environmental issues.  Examples include the City and County of Swansea’s preliminary flood risk assessment from 2011, Adapting to climate change: guidance for flood and coastal erosion risk management authorities in Wales from the Environment Agency and a historic flood map from the Environment Agency. The database also includes theses on environmental subjects including some from Swansea.

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  • Swansea to contribute to Envia project

    The British Library has set up a project called Envia to produce environmental information for researchers and practitioners. Swansea has contributed some geography theses on the topic of flooding and rainfall runoff. Details of the project can be found at

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  • New fieldtrip app from Edina

    Edina and JISC have created a new app for fieldtrips designed for mobile mapping and data capture. It can be used on iPhone and android devices. The app contains:

    • detailed maps
    • map caching so that you don’t have to be connected to a network
    • data capture
    • forms to allow you to define the data to be captured which you can create through a web authoring tool.

    It is already available in the Google Play store and will soon be available from iTunes. You can find out more about developments from

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  • Changes to DigiMap

    MasterMap Download and Boundary Download applications are being withdrawn at the end of May 2013. The same data is now available through Data Download in Digimap’s OS Collection.

    If you have teaching materials, or course notes which are currently based on the old MasterMap Download and Boundary Download applications, please make sure you update them before these facilities are withdrawn. Edina have a blogpost with more information about the change at:

    The new interface allows you to select data from different years going back to 2009 to allow you to compare an area over a period of time.

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  • Geography Seminar Series – 21st November 4-5pm

    Growing Regenerative Communities of Food

    Alison Blay-Palmer

    Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

    Zoological Museum (Room 129), Wallace

    In this talk, food offers a lens through which to address globalization pressures faced by communities in all places.

    The complexity of problems such as climate change, food and nutrition insecurity, high rates of food related disease, and escalating rates of unemployment point to the merits of adopting a sustainable food systems perspective. At the same time, there is increasing evidence that we need to explore different community problems and place-based solutions so we can help communities define what works for them.  In keeping with the multi-disciplinary approach necessitated by these far-reaching questions, this presentation draws on the regional development and sustainable communities literatures as well as from transition and social economy theories.

    The presentation focuses on findings from a survey in Ontario, Canada of over 350 community projects, including 21 case studies. The research project has resulted in the creation of several deliverables including a toolkit that captures best practices from the region and includes recommendations about the creation of more sustainable food systems. The talk will also explore the intersection of challenges and solutions for communities in the Global North and South.

    This seminar is open to all, and we look forward to your company at this and future seminars in the series.

    Please contact Dr Kate Evans ( if you have any queries.

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  • New books in geography

    The following new books have been added since the beginning of the Summer:

    Statistical methods for geography : a student’s guide / Peter A. Rogerson.  G70.3 .R64 2010

    Introduction to remote sensing / James B. Campbell. G70.4 .C23 2007

    Remote sensing and image interpretation / Thomas M. Lillesand, Ralph W. Kiefer and Jonathan W. Chipman G70.4 .L54 2008

    Computer processing of remotely-sensed images : an introduction / Paul M. Mather and Magaly Koch. G70.4 .M38 2011

    Study skills for geography, earth and environmental science students / Pauline E. Kneale  G73 .K54 2011

    Introduction to geography / Arthur Getis … [et al.] G128 .G495 2011

    Geography : an integrated approach / David Waugh. G128 .W38 2009

    Empire of ice : Scott, Shackleton, and the heroic age of Antarctic science / Edward J. Larson. G872.B8 L37 2011

    Gough map : the earliest road map of Great Britain? / Nick Millea. G5741.S3 M55 2007

    History of the world in twelve maps / Jerry Brotton GA201 .B747 2012

    Introduction to physical geography and the environment / edited by Joseph Holden. GB54.5 .I58 2012

    Surface processes and landforms / Don J. Easterbrook. GB401.5 .E26 1999

    Glacier science and environmental change / edited by Peter G. Knight. GB2403.2 .G53 2009

    Climate change and national security : a country-level analysis / edited by Daniel Moran. GE149 .C55 2011

    Introduction to human geography / edited by Peter Daniels … [et al.]. GF41 .I574 2012

    Urban political geography : a global perspective / Ugo Rossi, Alberto Vanolo GF125 .R67 2012

    Earth : portrait of a planet / Stephen Marshak QE26.3 .M36 2012

    Sedimentology and sedimentary basins : from turbulence to tectonics / Mike Leeder. QE471 .L37 2011

    Geochemical sediments and landscapes / edited by David J. Nash and Sue J. McLaren. QE471.2 .G462 2007

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