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Mr Andrew MacLachlan 

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Mr Andrew MacLachlan is Postgraduate research student within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

After going on study abroad to the University of Wollongong, Australia whilst in my second year from the University of Sheffield my interest in GIS and remote sensing exponentially grew. Work placements at the 2014 Ordnance Survey Cambridge Conference and at the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) only confirmed my intentions to pursue this discipline. Consequently I completed my Masters degree in GIS and remote sensing at the University of Southampton, where I am staying on as a PhD student.


B.A. Human Geography – University of Sheffield (2010-2013). First class honours with the Accenture prize for overall highest performance in human and physical geography

M.Sc Applied GIS and Remote Sensing – University of Southampton (2013-2014)

Research interests

My research explores the state, pressure and potential risk of environmental change in the Perth metropolitan area, Western Australia. It has been predicted that Perth may well become the first ‘ghost metropolis’ of the 21st Century due to current unsustainability. Perth has been described as one of the most ‘liveable’ cities in the World due to its small town friendliness and associated West coast informality, whilst maintaining high order provisions. Consequently Perth’s population is rapidly expanding, driving land cover change, altering regional climate and effectively reducing precipitation. As a result Perth faces immediate threats from wildfire and water shortages.

The aim of my PhD is to examine factors contributing to environmental change through remote sensing, whilst also considering relevant stakeholder concerns. It is vitally important to gauge a greater understanding of these factors in order to mitigate potential future issues that may be encountered within Perth.

PhD research

Title: Investigating the state, pressure and potential risks of environmental change in the Perth Metropolitan area of Western Australia

Funded by:

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

PhD supervision:

Dr. Eloise Biggs, Dr. Gareth Roberts

Research projects

The dissertation produced as part of my master’s degree entitled “An Assessment Of Earthquake Vulnerabilities In Kathmandu, Nepal For Identification Of Optimal Immediate Aid Sites” is expected to continue with additional input from the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) team through ImageCat Ltd. This project explored structural vulnerabilities in Kathmandu through field data collected by the National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET) based on the recently developed GEM toolset.

Research group

Global Environmental Change and Earth Observation

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I currently demonstrate on the undergraduate module Introductory Geographic Information Systems (GEOG2010) and the postgraduate module Programming skills in remote sensing (GEOG6088)

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