The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Spatial Analysis Laboratory

Spatial Analysis Laboratory

Spacelab is a School research facility containing high-powered desktop computer hardware primarily used for GIS and specialist software applications.

Specifically, this laboratory is used to facilitate the detailed statistical and numerical analysis of spatial data utilising specialist commercial software (ArcInfo, GRASS, Matlab, Geomapper) in addition to providing the tools for in-house software development.

The facility provides extensive (more than 2TB) network storage, allowing staff to build large-scale spatial databases, eg aerial photograph imagery (both analogue and digital) and large GPS datasets.

The laboratory also houses a large format printer (A1) to aid the production of maps together with an A3 colour laser printer. The facility also hosts a web-based spatial data server, which can be used for project result dissemination.