The GIS Unit has a well established research track record in pure and applied geoscience research.
Notable progress has been made in the following areas:
Current and recent research
Professor Gary Higgs and KESS-funded PhD student Richard Williams worked with Tenovus Cancer Care to optimise the location and delivery of their mobile cancer units.
"Few of us have not been touched in some way by the impacts of cancer. Therefore, this research has been particularly rewarding given the need to reduce the distances involved to get treatment and advice," said Professor Higgs.
"The benefits for patients at a particularly stressful time are clear – more convenient and accessible locations for treatment and environmental benefits in terms of reduced miles travelled."
The user-friendly tools enable planners to monitor the availability of public services in relation to current and future trends in social conditions, and to examine the impact of further trends in service provision.
The research has helped Welsh Government and Sports Wales to support policies geared towards the social processes involved in accessing services.