Department of Geography


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Martin Schaefer

  • Role Title: GIS Manager
  • Address: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2494
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1999 and completed an MSc in GIS at the University of Portsmouth in 2001. I joined the staff at Portsmouth as the Head of GIS Support in 2000 and have additionally been working as a part-time lecturer since 2006. I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at Portsmouth in 2006. In 2013 my role changed to GIS Manager.

Teaching Responsibilities

I deliver GIS components of the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the department. I also contribute to the following co-taught units:

  • GIS and Database Management System (BSc, MSc GIS)
  • Modelling, Analysis and the Web (MSc)
  • Applied Spatial Data Modelling (BSc/BA)

I jointly teach European residential field courses to Finland, Malta and Sicily.

I also contribute to the postgraduate teaching in the Department of Biological Sciences, specifically the following unit:

  • Research Toolkit (MSc Applied Aquatic Biology)


Surveying and Data capture

I participate and lead on a number of research and commercial surveying projects. This covers GPS and Total Station work, as well as close range 3D laser scanning and aerial surveys using UAV. My research focuses on error propagation and precision of these methods in applied projects.

Spatial Data management and Databases

I am interested in spatial data management and using Oracle products, particularly spatial data capabilities. I have built a system to accommodate data from the Tithe Survey of England and Wales. An implementation can be found on the tithe project website


Arctic and Alpine Climate

I have been and continue to work with Dr Nick Pepin to investigate the interactions of topography and climate in Finnish Lapland and on Kilimanjaro. I am mainly concerned with surveying techniques in difficult environments.

Historical GIS and Cartography

I have been involved in the research effort on the Tithe Survey for some years now. I have worked researching the WWII Dambuster terrain models of German reservoirs to gauge their accuracy and investigate digital capture and storage of these models. The research focuses on using non-contact 3D laser scanning techniques to capture and analyse the original models.


Research profile

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