A selection of project work and written assignments submitted for my 2013/14
GIS MSc course
at the University of Leeds. (Note: assignments prefixed '*' now removed from this
website as likely to be set again on future courses. Please
contact me if you would like a full copy of these or any of the excerpts...
unless you are a student on this year's MSc course!)
DISSERTATION: "Determining cycle mode choice for commuting using new fine-grained route analysis methods"
- Winner of the
AGI Student of the Year Award 2014
- ABSTRACT: "Previous research has shown that the likelihood of choosing
to commute by bicycle can be very dependent on the availability of
acceptable cycle routes of reasonable distance, avoiding hills and with a
minimum of cycling in motorized traffic. Several papers have also
highlighted this is an aspect that has been difficult to measure
effectively and thus is often done using indirect methods such as summing
quantity of cycle infrastructure within an area. Transport simulation
models have historically focused on motorized traffic and thus often do
not have enough detail at a small street level to be representative for
modeling non-motorized traffic. Taking the UK city of Bristol as a basis
for analysis, this study looks at a method of combining route cost
functions (derived from third party cycle-specific routing software) for a
large number of realistic commuting journeys. To overcome availability
limitations on small area census commuting data, an additional method is
developed to generate representative synthetic commuting
origin-destination flow data at a fine spatial granularity using the
census data that is available as constraints."
- Synopsis (4 pages) (0.8 MB PDF)
- Full Dissertation (4.5 MB PDF)
Associated Java Software ("GenSynthFlow") - source code and detailed Java documentation
Population & Demographic Analysis
Residential classification of bristol urban area using administrative data
- geodemographic classification for 2005
(approximately mid-way between censuses) using only administrative data, based on
residential property types, life states of typical occupants (pensioners, families,
childless working adults, unemployed) and level of affluence.
Revised version (2.7 MB PDF)
- *Demographic profile: geographical distributions of ethnicity, deprivation
and health, Yorkshire 2001 - investigation of methodologies for taking meaningful
measurements of ethnicity, deprivation and health across Yorkshire - exploring in
detail unusual distributions. (2.8 MB PDF)
Spatial analysis of the geography of burglary in Leeds (Excerpt) - investigation of
techniques to investigate spatial clustering (1.1 MB PDF)
- *Influence of education vs ethnicity on fertility - building and analysing a
statistical model for the 2001 English census measure of Total Fertility Rate (TFR).
(0.8 MB PDF)
Environment & Land Use
Hydrological modelling of river flood potential in SW England (Excerpt) - analysis of the hydrology
behind the severe flooding in the Somerset Levels River Parrett catchment in January 2014,
considering the effects of upper reaches land use and related methods of reducing
flooding. (3.1 MB PDF)
Hydrological modelling with real rainfall and flow data - development of
a Python ArcGIS script-based methodology for
automated extraction of recorded time-series
rainfall data (from UK MetOffice) for specified locations
(typically river catchment areas). Demonstrated using a simple hydrological
model which is compared against actual flow data measurements. (3.3 MB PDF)
Modelling uncertainty in climate-induced sea level rise (Excerpt) - estimating
(using Monte Carlo simulation methods) the uncertainty in flooding location
due to sea-level rise in an area of the Norfolk coast. (1.3 MB PDF)
- *Land Capability Mapping - performing agricultural land analysis for
an area of Scotland using 2 different methods: British Land Capability for
Agriculture (LCA) Classification and Multi-Criteria Evaluation (MCE).
(2.7 MB PDF)
Web-based GIS Project: "Leeds: Exploring its History"
Listed Buildings and Monuments - interactive map linking to building-specific images and details from English Heritage
Comparing Historic Maps - selectable (public domain) map overlays.
Note that as this is a server-free web-page, map overlays may be slow to load when
Programming for Geographical Information Analysis
- "Commuter Sim" Project
detailed Java documentation) -
modelling some of the trade-offs between commuting by car or bike.
This was an experiment in trying to implement a relatively simple behavioural model
within a highly interactive software environment.
- "Task List" Project
(*introduction and source code, *detailed Java documentation)
- an ESRI ArcGIS "AddIn" to create an integrated toolbar for displaying
and updating a simple list of tasks. These will be automatically
stored within the ArcMap map files (*.mxd). The AddIn
should automatically install itself and appear when ArcMap is started.
All material on this page: Copyright (c) 2013-2014 Richard Thomas and University of Leeds