Date: April 10, 2014
Thursday, 24 of April of 2014
Library News: Engineering – Physical Sciences – Environment and Society
Date: April 10, 2014
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 http://www.massobservation.amdigital.co.uk/ or via the Library catalogue. Your university login is needed if you are off campus.
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.
The British Library Envia project http://www.envia.bl.uk/ 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.
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 http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/experthelp/science/eventsandprojects/enviatbl/index.html
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:
It is already available in the Google Play store and will soon be available from iTunes. You can find out more about developments from http://fieldtripgb.blogs.edina.ac.uk/news/
Date: March 28, 2013
MasterMap Download and Boundary Download applications are being withdrawn at the end of May 2013.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old MasterMap Download and Boundary Download applications, please make sure you update them before these facilities are withdrawn.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: http://digimap.blogs.edina.ac.uk/2013/02/08/os-mastermap-and-boundaries-now-in-digimap-data-download/.
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.
Date: March 19, 2013
|Growing Regenerative Communities of Food
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 (K.R.Evans@swansea.ac.uk) if you have any queries.
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