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About the Geocomputation Research Domain


Spatially-referenced data from a wide range of sources – including personal mobile devices, transport and telecommunications systems, environmental sensor networks – are becoming pervasive throughout science and society, heralding a step-change in the power of geographers to understand the world.

Governments and other organisations are opening up digital archives for immediate public access on data relating crime, health, land, the environment and many other issues. Together, these aspects of the ‘big data’ digital revolution offer new opportunities to understand environments and societies at multiple scales and to identify alternative pathways through an uncertain future. However, the nature of these streams of geo-data – massive in quantity and often produced in near real-time – mean that innovative uses of computation are needed to investigate them rigorously and effectively.

The Geocomputation Research Domain supports the development of a robust and replicable approach to analysis, one that builds on and improves existing computational methods and tools to investigate geographical patterns and underlying processes. We bring together researchers using contemporary data and computational tools and that applies these to investigate pressing challenges in human and physical geography. Building on advances in hardware, software and coding languages, we develop innovative computational methods to process, analyse, visualise and understand social and environmental change and dynamics.

Members of the domain also supervise a thriving and dynamic PhD Programme with funding and training available via the NERC Doctoral Training Programme and the CANES Non-Equilibrium Systems Centre for Doctoral Training.

Prospective students should visit our visit our research themes page  and the Department of Geography PhD page for more information. We also regularly post on our blog. The domain has particularly strong links with the Environmental Dynamics and Urban Futures domains, plus the Earth Observation activity hub.

For further details on the Environmental Dynamics Domain please contact the Domain Chair, Dr James Millington at

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