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The use of geospatial technology is changing the way we look at planet Earth. It is revolutionizing everything we do; from enhancing humanitarian efforts such as disease control and urban planning, to providing innovative approaches for environmental monitoring.

At Ulster the focus is on applying geospatial information to topics in ecology, human and physical geography, geology, engineering, heritage and hydrology. 

The global GIS market will be worth €14.5 billion by 2023. With that expansion comes greater demand for graduates skilled in remote sensing and GIS.


Digital elevation model of the Murlough Nature Reserve derived from a drone survey.

These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) offer accurate and rapid 2D and 3D surveys for environmental and industrial applications when mounted with remote sensors such as digital cameras and lasers.


Remotely-sensed digital elevation model of the Chirripo WW1 shipwreck site in Belfast Lough. Our students were directly involved in collecting and processing these data. 

Wrecks are of environmental and heritage interest as they may be war graves, pollution sources, archaeological sites, biodiversity hotspots and impediments to coastal engineering.


Drone footage used to track forest clearance at Tullychurry in Co. Fermanagh.

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