“GIS for sustainable transport” session at RGS2015

The RGS Transport Geography Research Group and Geographic Information Science Research Group are joining forces to convene a session on GIS for Sustainable Transport.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have a long history in Transport Geography. With recent advances in data, software and computers, we can do more with GIS for transport planning than ever before. This applies especially to sustainable transport, where carefully targeted local interventions can have huge benefits for relatively little cost and where digital community engagement opens-up new possibilities for participatory planning. This session seeks to explore the new roles that modern GIS systems – including online, open source and interactive options, as well as established techniques – can play in Transport Geography and for enabling transition towards a sustainable transport system.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 16th February, session abstract and application form available here: http://tinyurl.com/gis4st

Session conveners: Robin Lovelace and Eusebio Odiari.

Applications should be sent via email to R.Lovelace@Leeds.ac.uk

Transport policy is a field that relies on high quality geographical information, from the width of a new bicycle lane to the location of car-sharing initiatives. The storage, analysis, visualisation and modelling of roads, pathways, and vehicle flows can greatly enhance understandings of transport system and new GIS software, some of it free and open source, is empowering more people than ever to map past, current and future transport systems. Sustainable transport interventions in particular can benefit from the exciting new opportunities opened up by advances in geospatial science including new data sources, methods and online/interactive visualisations or planning tools. Papers could harness new datasets from government, corporations (e.g. Strava) and ‘the crowd’ (e.g. Open Street Map), new technologies or new conceptual insight into the role of GIS in Transport. Equally, new findings about the policies needed to transition away fossil fuels in the transport sector based on more conventional GIS will be welcome. GIS in transport is a relatively unexplored area within Transport Geography and GIS for Sustainable Mobility (Banister 2008) in particular has received little academic attention. For this reason we expect to publish a special issue on GIS for sustainable transport, including write-ups from session presentations, in a peer-reviewed academic journal.


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