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Mr Martin Schaefer

GIS Manager



I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1999 and completed an MSc in GIS at the University of Portsmouth in 2001. I joined the staff at Portsmouth as the Head of GIS Support in 2000 and have additionally been working as a part-time lecturer since 2006. I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at Portsmouth in 2006. In 2013 my role changed to GIS Manager.

Research Interests

Spatial Data management and Databases

I mainly focus on spatial data management and using Oracle products. I have built a system to accommodate data from the Tithe Survey of England and Wales. An implementation can be found on the tithe project website.

Surveying and Data capture

I participate and lead on a number of research and commercial surveying projects. This covers GPS and Total Station work, as well as close range 3D laser scanning. My research focuses on error propagation and precision of these methods in applied projects.

Arctic and Alpine Climate

I have been and continue to work with Dr Nick Pepin to investigate the interactions of topography and climate in Finnish Lapland and on Kilimanjaro. I am mainly concerned with surveying techniques in difficult environments.

Historical GIS and Cartography

I have been involved in the research effort on the Tithe Survey for some years now. I am currently working with Dr Alastair Pearson in researching the WWII Dambuster terrain models of German reservoirs to gauge their accuracy and investigate digital capture and storage of these models. The research focuses on using non-contact 3D laser scanning techniques to capture and analyse the original models.

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