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Validating Apparent Urban Areas - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges

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  • Full or part time
    Dr LJ Wolf
    Dr S Fox
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

About the Project
Using large amounts of new, high-quality satellite data and new machine learning methods, novel ways of understanding the "true" footprint of the city are at hand. However, these new boundaries still need to be validated against existing data on human interaction, behavior, and economic exchange. The project will take novel urban boundaries developed by Wolf & Fox from remote sensing data and examine how coherent the boundaries are with respect to alternative data sources, such as twitter activity or daily movement and commute patterns.

Why Choose this Opportunity
You will develop a better understanding of urban data science methods and applications. In addition to training up on cutting-edge methods in urban analytics and using new and interesting datasets, you will have the opportunity to go beyond the traditional spatial analytical methods by applying spatial data science methods to this new data in order to validate the urban boundaries. The student will thus gain a solid domain understanding of urban systems in addition to developing skills in urban data science.

About You
Skills in Python, R, or Julia are preferred. The project is mainly computational and statistical, so prior experience programming will be incredibly useful.

About the programme
The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community.
Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on:
• Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration
• Innovation & Enterprise
• Making your research a success
• Research communications
• Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series)
You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.

Funding Notes

Programme fees per year:
UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560
Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100

How good is research at University of Bristol in Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology?
Geography

FTE Category A staff submitted: 46.45

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