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GIS for Transport Applications workshop

The TGRG-sponsored ‘GIS for Transport Applications’ workshop took place in Leeds earlier this month. It was was the most popular of all workshops put on as part of the GIS Research UK (#GISRUK) conference. The aim was simple: to showcase and develop the growing expertise of Geographical Information Systems within the Transport Community.

Read below to hear about this event and see links to the free online tutorials developed for it.

Winning map from the ‘GIS4TA’ workshop

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“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

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GIS for transport workshop – applications open

In case you missed this Call for Maps (not a call for papers – this is a practical workshop!), please see below. It’s for a workshop organised by Transport Geography Research Group webmaster Robin Lovelace on GIS for Transport applications. More below and on the workshop page of the GISRUK conference.

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Transport routing during emergencies

Transport routing algorithms have a silent yet vast impact on transport behaviour. Now, with a few taps on a smartphone or clicks on a computer one can find the fastest path between A and B. With the ‘real time’ routing options of services like Google Maps, Graphhopper and the Open Source CycleStreets.net, it’s even possible to receive instructions during the journey. As I discovered during a cycle ride from Lulow to Hereford, this voice guidance can be hugely useful if one has neither a paper map nor the time to carefully plan an optimal route before the trip. Now people are talking about using crowd-sourced data to inform the suggested route, as demonstrated in this paper. See below for insight into developments that will help transport planners and geographers select the best routes in case of disruption to the network.

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Modelling energy and carbon dioxide emissions from transport

I attended the annual GIS Research UK conference (GISRUK) last week and have some very interesting work to report back to transport geographers.

Transport Geography and GIS have much in common, yet there is relatively little in terms of joint research spanning both fields. There have been efforts to overcome that, with many researchers proudly donning both GIS and Transport hats. There has, for example been a recent Special Issue on Geographic Information Systems for Transportation in the Journal of Transport Geography, as well as papers illustrating the benefits of linking transport models to GIS systems (e.g. Lektauers et al 2012). Despite this progress, there is much to do in terms of collaboration between the fields.

This article reports three papers at the intersection between Transport Studies and GIS, two of which were presented at the conference.

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