Areas of Expertise
- Urban modelling and simulation
- Data visualisation
- Complexity science
- Serious games
Information is everywhere, from our phones, our televisions, our computers, our newspapers. To create powerful and useful data visualization we need to use skills from art, statistics, mathematics and geography. Over time the use of data visualization to explain the world around us has developed at a rapid pace, as the tools needed to produce data graphics have become more readily available and in response to society's increasing interest in communicating information effectively, accurately and quickly. This module explores the purpose, requirements and methods of data visualization and explores examples relevant to the natural and geographical sciences. The module will also introduce the concepts of Geographical Information Systems and their use as a data visualization tool.
The aim of this module is to introduce the participants to essential geographical skills.These invaluable skills will become enhanced throughout their degree at Swansea University. Participants should be able to apply these techniques to data from a wide variety of environments and contexts. Presentation skills will be covered from the use of tables to the drawing of maps.
The module prepares students for their independent research dissertation through dissertation fairs, lectures and a series of tutorials focusing upon the formulation and construction of a research proposal. The module also includes three lectures which explore career opportunities for Geography graduates and skills to enhance graduate employability.
Spatial models are simplified representations of the real world that take into account space. They are a fundamental part of quantitative geography. Examples of their use range from ice cream sales on a beach to global models of trade flows. We explore their almost 200-year-old history, starting with a model of different crops being transported to market and ending with the state of the art models of whole cities used by modern planners. We look in detail at several of the major contemporary model types including Boltzmann-Lotka-Volterra, cellular automata and agent-based models. No advanced maths skills are required.