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


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.


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


James Hill Prize (best paper in journal) as co-author of Network modelling for road-based faecal sludge management (Kennedy-Walker R, Holderness T, Alderson D, Evans B, Barr S. Network modelling for road-based Faecal Sludge ManagementProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Municipal Engineer 2014)

 Member of Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change Network (ARCC) Data and Information Management Group

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.

"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

Geomatics Data Server


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

Courses completed in:

Successful Data Warehousing; Dimensional Modelling; Understanding the ETL Tool (Itelligence) - 2014

Complex Systems Modelling and Networks (CX202), New England Complex Systems Institute (MIT) - 2011

Current / Previous Work

Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) - current

Air Quality Management for Medway Council 


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 conjunction with the Met Office, DEFRA and the Environment Agency

Newcastle Carbon Routemap - in conjunction with Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council and Science City 

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