Dr David Forrest

David Forrest
  • Senior University Teacher (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences)

telephone: 01413305401
email: David.Forrest@glasgow.ac.uk

R404 GES
East Quadrangle
Main Building
Glasgow G12 8QQ


I have broad interests in cartography & GI research.

The main theme focuses on the improvement in usability of GIS to help non-cartographers design and produce sensible maps. This involves the development of knowledge based systems, the theoretical issues that underpin them and the necessary data and meta data structures to make data more accessable and usable. Improving the usability of geospatial data is linked with an Ordance Survey sponsored research group. Developing an improved data model for geoscience data has been carried out in conjuction with GeoloGIS Ltd.

Another main interest is the content and design of topographic maps, especially at medium scales, and the representation of topographic information on maps. Currently I have been researching the development of the International Map of the World at 1:1Million scale and its use as a base for thematic mapping.

I pursue a number of issues related to tourist mapping and other maps for public information such as public transport maps; the provision of tourist/public information on the Internet; and the design and use of maps in mobile GIS. Some of this ties in with the ICA Commission on Use and User Issues.

Over the years I have published several articles on cartographic & geomatics education.

I have been involved in projects related to Geographic names and their use. One investigation looked at the change of names of sea areas over time and the application of dual naming of sea areas.

In the past I have been active in perceptual research, but now tend to concentrate on how such work can be applied to cartographic systems to assist non cartographers to produce sensible maps.

Although currently not active in these fields, I keep up to date with research in generalisation, geovisualisation, geospatial data structures and location based systems and map production.

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Number of items: 9.

2012

Zhang, Y., Feng, W., Chen, Y., Xu, L., Li, Z., and Forrest, D. (2012) The 2009 L’Aquila MW 6.3 earthquake: a new technique to locate the hypocentre in the joint inversion of earthquake rupture process. Geophysical Journal International, 191 (3). pp. 1417-1426. ISSN 0956-540X

Li, Z., Pasquali, P., Cantone, A., Singleton, A., Funning, G., and Forrest, D. (2012) MERIS atmospheric water vapor correction model for wide swath interferometric synthetic aperture radar. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 9 (2). pp. 257-261. ISSN 1545-598X (doi:10.1109/LGRS.2011.2166053)

2009

Forrest, D. (2009) Naming of the North Sea and other European coastal waters. In: Bae, C. (ed.) Territorial issues in Europe and East Asia : Colonialism, War Occupation, and Conflict Resolution. Northeast Asian History Foundation, pp. 139-176. ISBN 9788961870849

2008

Cornelius, S., Medyckyj-Scott, D., Forrest, D., Williams, A., and Mackaness, W. (2008) The virtual placement: an alternative to the traditional work placement in the geographical sciences? Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 32 (2). pp. 287-302. ISSN 0309-8265 (doi:10.1080/03098260701514165)

Scrimgeour, R., and Forrest, D. (2008) Conveying geospatial public transport information on the world-wide web: a review of the United Kingdom sources. Cartographic Journal, 45 (2). pp. 117-128. ISSN 0008-7041 (doi:10.1179/174327708X305111)

2007

Maguire, D. et al. (2007) Dynamic and Mobile GIS: Investigating Changes in Space and Time. Series: Innovations in GIS. CRC Press. ISBN 9781420008609

2003

Collier, P., Forrest, D., and Pearson, A. (2003) The representation of topographic information on maps: The depiction of relief. Cartographic Journal, 40 . pp. 17-26. (doi:10.1179/000870403235002033)

Forrest, D. (2003) Cartographic education and research in the UK. Cartographic Journal, 40 . pp. 141-146. (doi:10.1179/000870403235001494)

2001

Forrest, D., and Kinninment, E. (2001) Experiments in the design of 1 : 100 000 scale topographic mapping for Great Britain. Cartographic Journal, 38 . pp. 25-40.

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Number of items: 9.

Article

Zhang, Y., Feng, W., Chen, Y., Xu, L., Li, Z., and Forrest, D. (2012) The 2009 L’Aquila MW 6.3 earthquake: a new technique to locate the hypocentre in the joint inversion of earthquake rupture process. Geophysical Journal International, 191 (3). pp. 1417-1426. ISSN 0956-540X

Li, Z., Pasquali, P., Cantone, A., Singleton, A., Funning, G., and Forrest, D. (2012) MERIS atmospheric water vapor correction model for wide swath interferometric synthetic aperture radar. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 9 (2). pp. 257-261. ISSN 1545-598X (doi:10.1109/LGRS.2011.2166053)

Cornelius, S., Medyckyj-Scott, D., Forrest, D., Williams, A., and Mackaness, W. (2008) The virtual placement: an alternative to the traditional work placement in the geographical sciences? Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 32 (2). pp. 287-302. ISSN 0309-8265 (doi:10.1080/03098260701514165)

Scrimgeour, R., and Forrest, D. (2008) Conveying geospatial public transport information on the world-wide web: a review of the United Kingdom sources. Cartographic Journal, 45 (2). pp. 117-128. ISSN 0008-7041 (doi:10.1179/174327708X305111)

Collier, P., Forrest, D., and Pearson, A. (2003) The representation of topographic information on maps: The depiction of relief. Cartographic Journal, 40 . pp. 17-26. (doi:10.1179/000870403235002033)

Forrest, D. (2003) Cartographic education and research in the UK. Cartographic Journal, 40 . pp. 141-146. (doi:10.1179/000870403235001494)

Forrest, D., and Kinninment, E. (2001) Experiments in the design of 1 : 100 000 scale topographic mapping for Great Britain. Cartographic Journal, 38 . pp. 25-40.

Book Section

Forrest, D. (2009) Naming of the North Sea and other European coastal waters. In: Bae, C. (ed.) Territorial issues in Europe and East Asia : Colonialism, War Occupation, and Conflict Resolution. Northeast Asian History Foundation, pp. 139-176. ISBN 9788961870849

Edited Book

Maguire, D. et al. (2007) Dynamic and Mobile GIS: Investigating Changes in Space and Time. Series: Innovations in GIS. CRC Press. ISBN 9781420008609

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Forrest, D. 2012-13. Development of a Comprehesive Campus Geodatabase. UofG Chancellor's Fund

Forrest, D. 2012. GeoloGIS Geospatial Databases. Encompass First Step Award.

Forrest, D. 2010. Geological GIS. Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher.

Forrest, D. 2011-12. The International Map of the World .... Carnegie Trust.

Forrest, D. 2010-12. The International Map of the World .... Helen and John S. Best Fellowship, American Geographical Society Library.

Forrest, D. 2007-8. Dual language names in areas of international extent North East Asia Historical Foundation.

Forrest, D. 2004 Terrain modelling & communal tenure in Egypt. Carnegie Trust.

Robin Seet - Determination of Low Water Mark for Marine Cadastre in Malaysia

I also regularly supervise 4-6 MSc projects each year, mostly on cartographic and GIS topics.

  • Programme Director for the MSc programmes in Geomatics.
  • Most of my teaching focuses on cartography and GIS on the MSc in Geoinformation Technology & Cartography, including courses in: Principles of Map Design & Geovisualisation; Population & Statistical Mapping; Internet & Mobile GIS; and smaller units on Geospatial data infrastructures, Geospatial data modelling and Use & user issues in cartography.
  • I lead the Research & Professional Issues course for the Geomatics programmes and co-ordinate the MSc Projects.
  • I also teach some GIS to undergraduate geographers and an Honours option in Geovisualisation.

I am currently Convenor of the Science Taught Programmes Committee, which overseas undergraduate Science degrees, and Convenor of the Science Progress Committee.

Within the School I am the co-ordinator of Postgraduate Teaching, and am on the School's Learning & Teaching Committee and the Graduate Studies Committee.

Outwith the University I am active in the British Cartographic Society (Council member 1991-present; President 2000-2002); Chair of the UK Committee for Cartography; Vice-chair of the ICA Commission on Use & User Issues; and Chair of the Helensburgh branch of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

When not involved with maps in some way, I race on a 10m yacht in the summer and enjoy curling in the winter.