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Canterbury students win spatial excellence award

1/12/14 University of Canterbury students Nick Brunsdon and Jayden MacRae are the winners of the inaugural New Zealand student spatial excellence awards...more

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The Department of Geography has regular seminars that are open to all. Please click here to see details of upcoming seminars.

GEOG309 research project in the news

GEOG309 students find St Albans residents have a low level of attachement to their suburb... more

Canterbury students win spatial excellence award

University of Canterbury students Nick Brunsdon and Jayden MacRae are the winners of the inaugural New Zealand student spatial excellence awards...more

Job Available - Assistant Research Analyst/Research Analyst

The Transport & Research Unit at the Christchurch City Council is looking for 2 post grads. Click here for more details.

Postdoc Opportunity

Great Postdoc job opportunity at the University of Canterbury's GeoHealth Laboratory @GeoHealthLab For more information see attached. For details of how to apply.

Geography UAV features on Discovery channel

The Discovery channel recently filmed our Geography UAV team (Nicolas Key and Paul Bealing) working alongside Aurocon engineers in the red zone. The team was filming residential houses marked for demolition. The footage they took from the departments Dragonfly quadcopter was used to help make decisions on how to demolish houses purched high on cliff tops on very unstable ground. The segment from Discovery Channels Daily Planet is available here.

UC Geography rated as one of the top 100 Geography departments in the world!

In the latest QS World University Rankings released recently, Canterbury is listed as the 242nd ranked university in the world. There are about 17,000 universities worldwide. The university was ranked 333rd in the world in 2006 and has begun growing again as it rapidly rebuilds its facilities. The University of Canterbury was New Zealand’s first university to achieve a QS five-star rating and this has been retained. The University features among the world’s elite (top 200) universities in 16 subjects in the latest QS world university rankings by subject. Out of 3000 universities, UC is rated in the top 100 in History, Geography, Law and Education, and Civil and Structural Engineering.

UC UAVGeog313 Students at Cass

Even though the weather tried to beat us, the Geog313 fieldtrip still managed to get all the data they needed during their annual trip to Cass Fieldstation. A number of UAV flights were conducted for collection of aerial imagery and the GNSS survey gear was also put to use to record ground truthing data for both UAV and satellite imagery. Food as always was amazing and a good time was had by all. The image shows the group with the 3 UAVs flown during the 2 day trip. Click the image for a larger view.

UC Researcher Seeking to Mitigate Flooding Damage to Tokyo

Dr Christopher Gomez is investigating river flooding problems and potential solutions for Tokyo city...more

Graham FurnissUC Civil Defence rescuers honoured

26 August 2014 Geographys own Graham Furniss received a Civil Defence Emergency Management Award for long service as a UC rescuer.Those who received the awards have individually given more than 10 years’ service and, as part of this, were deployed to the red zone following the 22 February 2011 earthquake.

Research Analyst (Spatial Analysis) at the GeoHealth Laboratory (based in Wellington)

The GeoHealth Laboratory, Department of Geography, University of Canterbury invites applications for a Research Analyst (Spatial Analysis). This is a fixed term position based in the Health and Disability Intelligence (“HDI”) Unit (part of the Ministry of Health) in Wellington and is available immediately. Read more...

Internship at Abley Transportation Consultants

Click here for details (posted 8th Aug)

New Job Vacancies at ECAN

There are a number of jobs suitable to Geography students going at Environment Canterbury at present. See here for further details. (posted Aug 6th)

Southern Alps have lost a third of their ice volume

Heather PurdieA recent media report highlighted that glaciers in the Southern Alps have lost a third of their ice volume since 1977.  This figure came as no surprise to Dr Heather Purdie, a glaciologist and lecturer in the Department of Geography, who is using remote surveying techniques to better understand rapid glaciological change at some of New Zealand’s most iconic glaciers.

At Fox Glacier, rapid thinning has exposed loose unstable slopes. Heather and colleague Dr Christopher Gomez are working closely with the local guiding company, Fox Glacier Guides, and Geography Department technicians, to generate 3-D models that will be used to determine interrelationships between the retreating glacier and the surrounding valley slopes. The Department of Geography’s ‘Draganfly’ is being used to photograph slopes that are too unstable to survey on foot, and it will also be used to map increases in surface debris on the glacier due to rapid melting and enhanced rockfall.

At Tasman Glacier, this rapid ice loss takes the form of an enlarging terminal lake. Here Heather and a team of technicians have been using the Geography Departments remote controlled jet boat to survey the depth of the lake up-close to the terminal face. This research was supported by local guiding company Glacier Explorers, who are keen to learn more about water depth in the terminus region. These data will be used to better estimate ice loss at Tasman Glacier and help us to learn more about calving processes.

Why Geography is the best subject to study at University... ever!

Recent articles that are worth a read if you are contemplating doing Geography.

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