David Alderson
Research Assistant in GeoInformatics

  • Email: david.alderson@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7121
  • Address: School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
    Rm 3.17
    Cassie Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU
    UK

Introduction

I have been employed as a Research Assistant in GeoInformatics, in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences since September 2005 following graduation from Geographic Information Science (BSc Hons). I have been involved in numerous projects in that time including UKCP09 (ukclimateprojections-ui.defra.gov.uk/ui/admin/login.php), the latest UK Climate Impact Programme product, and Newcastle's Carbon Routemap, a collaboration between Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council to define a carbon footprint for Newcastle. I am currently working in the EPSRC funded Infrastructure Transition Research Consortium (http://www.itrc.org.uk), looking at designing and developing open source tools for assessing challenges facing national infrastructure provision and maintenance under different economic and demographic scenarios.

Qualifications

BSc Hons Geographic Information Science (1st class) - University of Newcastle upon Tyne (2005)

Honours and Awards

2nd Place in EPSRC funded Action 2011 Competition winning £5k for the initial development and prototype of a website looking to connect tourism and sustainability science using people's interest in places (www.teratura.com).

 "Mapping Future Climate: a case study for the deployment of the open source geo-stack in scalable web-based applications" - Best Paper Award, First Open Source GIS Conference 2009, Nottingham

Research Interests

Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC)

UKCP09 - UK Climate Impacts Programme 09

LivingLab

Geomatics Data Server

Newcastle Carbon Routemap

MorpethFlood

EYEProject

Footlite

Other Expertise

Programming Languages and API's: Javascript (jQuery, OpenLayers), PHP, SQL, VB.NET, C#, XML/XSLT, GeoServer, SubVersion, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, plpgSQL
Continued Professional Development Courses in ArcGIS

Current / Previous Work

Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) - current

Air Quality Management for Medway Council 

Footlite 

Development of a web-based interface for contaminant mapping in the River Tyne working in conjunction with EnviroCentre and Port of Tyne 

UKCP '09 User Interface Development Team, in confunction with the Met Office, DEFRA and the Environment Agency


Newcastle Carbon Routemap - in conjunction with Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council and Science City (www.ceg.ncl.ac.uk/routemap)


Thames Estuary 2100 (TE2100) Flood Risk Analysis


Online Coursework Submission and Marking


Virtual Labs


GIS Hydrological Recharge Model


Generalisation of post - Medieval land use classes for the County of Devon - www.ncl.ac.uk/historical/research/project/1321