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Andy Turner

This page is hosted on the School of Geography website at the University of Leeds where Andy works as a research officer and also has an official work home page . Hosted elsewhere Andy has a personal web site .

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Andy studied mathematics, geography and physics at A-level, specialising in applied maths. He took these courses at the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School where he studied from September 1987 until June 1993. Andy was accepted onto a bachelor of arts in joint honours degree in geography and mathematics at the University of Leeds commencing in September 1993. In the latter part of his degree he began to specialise in computability, geometry, spatial statistics, statistical inference and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Following graduation in July 1996, Andy was accepted onto a masters of arts degree program in GIS at the University of Leeds commencing in September 1996 and concluding in September 1997. In this degree, he began to specialise in methods based research and submitted a dissertation thesis: Using the Smart Spatial Analysis Machines of Stan Openshaw et. al. to Explore Road Traffic Accident Patterns in Leeds.

On completing his masters thesis Andy stayed at the University of Leeds to: research as a member of the Centre for Computational Geography ; and, study, teach and facilitate (support) the School of Geography with its on-going aim to be an integral part of a world class university.

Research and Teaching

Advocating and practicing e-Social Science is an important focus of Andy's work. This involves promoting collaboration, openness and joined up thinking. This is key to our health and the preservation of our environment for future generations of life on Earth. Actively developing and applying tools for computational geography has been the crux of Andy's work since October 1997. For more information about this research, visit his official research information page . For more information about Andy's teaching, see his official teaching information page .

Andy has been performing a: Geographical analysis of personal injury road accident distributions in Britain since 1992 - and reading for a Ph.D (since March 2000). He aims to submit a thesis in October 2005 and hopes to graduate in December 2005.


Reading is an important and enjoyable part of research work. It is integral with the evolution of understanding and development of research organisations. Currently (and increasingly) the majority of the material Andy reads is generally available on-line. Information about this browsing is logged, but little meta data is concurrently logged so this is unlikely to be of wide interest or use and is not linked here. This section introduces numerous text that Andy has enjoyed in the form of traditional paper books.

Science can be viewed as a process involving the search for more understandable explanations. In scientific research; results are theoretically replicable, and their sensitivities and uncertainties are best estimated and presented simultaneously. As a geographer, Andy's applied research aims to be scientific in its nature to; develop our understanding of what is going on around us focusing on those processes that interact on or near Earth's surface and influence, affect and effect the environment focussing on aspects at human spatial and temporal scales. As a computational geographer Andy uses and develops tools for identifying, visualising and analysing space-time-attribute data patterns. These tools tend to be generic and can be readily applied in other contexts. Here follows a list (ordered alphabetically by author's surname) of some enlightening scientific writing he has particularly enjoyed:

Relatively speaking, there is little more to it than scales and resolutions. The following list focusses more on geography and how we get, compute and distribute geographical information. The keywords for this are GeoComputation, Computational Geography, GeoInformatics, Geographical Analysis and Quantitative Geography.

Read all about it! Extra, extra, descriptions of Earth. How did we get here? Where are we going? The following books describe the human society and environment of a single mooned planet called Earth.

Imagine the time from our first geographical journeys to discover and map lands across the world to the production of the first atlas of the world showing all the major lands and oceans. What of the friends and foes? What of the mountains, rivers, deserts, jungles, swamps and plains? What of the key developments and interactions of societies? Andy has really enjoyed these books:

Some books Andy is looking forward to reading soon:

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