GIS is used throughout all five colleges in NUI Galway: College of Science, College of Engineering & Informatics; College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences; College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies; and College of Business, Public Policy and Law. With the strong demand for GIS research support and expertise, the GIS Centre, Ryan Institute was established in 2010.

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies

The types of analysis conducted include mapping and analysing population distributions; analysis of socio-spatial polarization, particularly residential and school segregation; analysis of relationships between the distribution of post-primary schools and certain types of food outlets; mapping of greenways; spatial analyses of environmental variables, especially heavy metals in soils and soil organic carbon, using GIS, geostatistics and other spatial statistical techniques.

Researchers and staff at the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies use GIS in a range of research contexts.

Examples of GIS-related research include:

  • investigating rural social and ecomonic change (Dr. Mary Cawley, Geography)
  • land use planning and transport (Dr. H. Rau, Political Science and Sociology)
  • geographical analysis of educational inequalities (Dr. V. Ledwith, Geography)
  • spatial aspects of environmental planning and sustainability (Dr. F. Fahy, Geography)
  • spatial analysis of soil geochemistry (Dr. C. Zhang, Geography)
  • analysis of cultural and creative industries in western Ireland (Dr. P. Collins)
  • geographies of the education and school system in western Ireland (Dr. K.Reilly)

For more information see: College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

College of Science

GIS is used across all disciplines of science at NUI Galway.

Examples of GIS-related research in the College of Science include:

  • spatial analysis of metal concentrations in soil and groundwater (Dr. L. Morrison, Earth and Ocean Sciences)
  • mapping of sites of geological heritage (Dr. R. Hennessy)
  • mapping the occurrence of lightning in the atmosphere over Ireland and coastal areas (Dr. H. Berresheim, Physics)
  • analysis of species distribution (E. Sheehy, Zoology)
  • spatial analysis of the spread of the grey squirrel in Ireland (Dr. C. Lawton, Mags Flaherty, Zoology)
  • spatial analysis of the copepod abundance in offshore waters (Dr. A-M. Power, Zoology)
  • mapping of marine algae resources (Dr. D. Stengel, Botany and Plant Science)
  • habitat mapping (Dr. Mike Gormally, Dr. G. Kindermann Applied Ecology)
  • environmental management and plant ecology (Dr. M. Sheehy Skeffington, Botany and Plant Science)

For more information see: College of Science

College of Engineering and Informatics

GIS is used in disciplines of engineering and informatics at NUI Galway.

Examples of GIS-related research in the College of Science include:

  • spatial analysis of marine renewable energy (Dr. S. Nash; Prof. M. Hartnett)
  • modeling sustainable travel (Dr. E. Clifford)
  • biofuels research (Dr. R. Monaghan)

For more information see: College of Engineering and Informatics

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