Mr Craig MacDonell
- GIS and Remote Sensing Technician (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)
0141 330 4694
Room 406 (432), School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, East Quadrangle, Gilbert Scott (Main) Building, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
Craig came to the University of Glasgow in his current role as GIS & Remote Sensing Technician in 2019, having completed both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Craig's degrees were primarily undertaken in the National School of Surveying at the University of Otago.
Craig's day-to-day role is to provide office and field-based technical support to research, knowledge exchange/impact and teaching activities in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences (GES), mainly in the fields of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing/earth observation. He works across many facets of the School, but most extensively with members of the Earth Systems Research Group (ESRG), in both Geography and Earth Sciences/Geology.
Research activities involve collecting and processing a wide range of geographic data, often with UAVs (including development and ongoing compliance with commercial UAV permissions as one of the two qualified UK PfCO UAV pilots in GES) or other field survey equipment. Craig's involvement in teaching activities has included writing, preparing, and updating lab materials for GIS and Remote Sensing courses, as well as delivering these to students (undergraduate and postgraduate taught) with academic staff. General duties include troubleshooting GIS issues for staff/students, providing advice and support for other research (methods etc.), collating data from both students & staff, and general field assistance.
Craig is also one of the key contacts for ArcGIS licensing across the University of Glasgow.
Since moving to Glasgow, Craig has been involved in several major projects, most notably as part of the second National Coastal Change Assessment (NCCA2) for Scotland, better known as Dynamic Coast. Departing a little from Craig's usual physical topics, he was a key member of the team that undertook a novel assessment of social vulnerability and disadvantage to these actual and predicted coastal hazards around Scotland.
- Topographic Modelling & Landscape Monitoring (GEOG5025)
- Remote Sensing (undergraduate, postgraduate & Nankai)
- Assorted GIS courses (support & advise)