Discovering Data for the ActivScore: The Challenges of using Municipally, Provincially, and Federally Managed Data

Posted 2 years ago

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I’m currently in the midst of my undergraduate honours thesis and have been awoken to the joys of finding accurate and complete datasets. I am working to create a physical activity score for the province of Nova Scotia based on built and natural environment features. Nova Scotia is particularly challenging for this sort of analysis […]

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GIS as a Tool to Solve “Wicked” Problems

Posted 3 years ago

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This year I am three quarters done my undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and had the opportunity to take “Application of GIS in Environmental and Ecological Issues” at Dalhousie University as a part of my certificate in GIS. One of the first things I learned in my first year of environmental science was that environmental […]

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Exploring Space: The Chris Hadfield Space Photographs Collection

Posted 3 years ago

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This spotlight features Caitlin Cunningham’s overview of the project she worked on to build a storymap of photos by Chris Hadfield. The project was officially launched yesterday (Thursday, April 11 at 3 p.m. AT) at the Killam Library, Dalhousie University. More details are available in a Dalhousie news article, and Caitlin’s work was also featured […]

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City Planning, ArcGIS, and beyond!

Posted 3 years ago

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Hi Everyone, My name is Leah Fulton, and I’m a third-year undergraduate planning student studying Community Design at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, NS. I am hoping to get into the honours program for my fourth year to graduate with a Bachelor of Community Design, Honours in Urban Studies with a Minor in Geography and a […]

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Learning through Teaching

Posted 3 years ago

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Hello! My name is Lama and I am currently in my fourth year of my Environmental Science degree with a certificate in GIS. I’ve been taking GIS classes since the end of my second year and have loved it ever since, which is partially why I am pursuing a certificate in it. This semester I […]

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Mapping Risk to Public Health from Radon

Posted 4 years ago

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Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer after smoking in Canada, and attributed to 16% of lung cancer deaths. Nova Scotia has developed and released a map outlining the risk of radon exposure based on environmental factors (https://novascotia.ca/dhw/environmental/radon.asp). These factors were equally weighted to produce the outcome of radon risk and relied on […]

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SolVES 3.0: A Software to Map Social Values in Marine Spatial Planning

Posted 4 years ago

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Marine spatial planning (MSP) is now recognized internationally as an important part of marine and coastal management. MSP offers a tool for policymakers to demarcate specific areas of distinct stakeholder values when managing shared-use spaces. This process places public participation, communication, and collaboration at the centre of ocean governance (Nutters & Pinto da Silva, 2012). […]

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Access to Parks and Cellphone Technology

Posted 4 years ago

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As the temperature begins to warm up I am happy to continue a project that relies on nice weather and lush parks! Working under Dr. Daniel Rainham in his Spatial Information for Health Knowledge lab, we have the opportunity to partner with both Waterloo University, and Wilfrid Laurier University to explore some exciting smartphone based […]

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Swooning Over Ocean Maps: Studying Mahia, by the New Zealand Oceanographic Institute

Posted 4 years ago

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  In the 1940s, the New Zealand Oceanographic Institute commissioned a survey to the country’s east. Over the course of the next fifteen years, the Institute mapped the ocean floor, and charted many of the species living in the largely-unknown waters of the South Pacific Ocean surrounding the island nation. Ultimately, the project was responsible […]

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