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Steve Carver Dr Steve Carver

Contact details

Room 10.120 Manton
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK

Email:
s.j.carver

Telephone:
+44 (0) 113 34 33318

Student hours:
9:30am - 4:30pm or please email

Research overview

Dr Steve Carver is a senior lecturer in geography with interests in GIS, environmental modelling, multi-criteria evaluation, wilderness and public participation. He is particularly interested in the geographical aspects of wilderness, wild land and rewilding from both an ecological and social/cultural perspective. He has worked extensively on the development of wild land mapping and evaluation methodologies and has tested and applied these across a variety of locations and spatial scales including Scotland, England, Britain, Europe and the USA.

He has also worked with a range of agencies on wild land topics including SNH, the Countryside Agency and the USDA Forest Service, and has published this work widely in over 60 papers, books, book chapters and conference proceedings. He is a member of the Wildland Network and sits on the advisory panel for the Wild Ennerdale project. He is on the Steering Group of the Rewilding Britain project.

Technical research interests focus mainly on GIS related issues, especially on environmental management/modelling applications and methodologies for spatial decision making and support including public participation. Topical areas of research include landscape assessment, especially in relation to wild land and wilderness environments. He has been involved in a number of large multidisciplinary research programmes which have drawn on expertise in the GIS field. 

Research students

  • Steffen Fritz - Modelling wilderness in UK and Europe.
  • Crewenna Dymond - Modelling spatial relationships between biodiversity and wilderness quality.
  • Naomi van der Velden - Modelling human impact on biodiversity.
  • Narimah Samat - Developing cellular automata urban growth models in Malaysia.
  • Isaac Karikari - Land Information Systems in Ghana.
  • Susannah Brown - Restoration of native woodland in Lake District.
  • Hazel Parry - Harmonizing ecology and biology and landscape scales.
  • Jerry Laker - Sustainable management of vicũna.
  • Isaac Agyemang - Monitoring project impacts of irrigated peri urban agricultural.
  • Dave Abson - Resilence in agri-landscapes.
  • Nadine Heck - Marine Protected Areas in British Columbia, Canada.
  • Lawrence Lakanyan - Habitat use by free ranging cattle on communal, semi-arid rangeland, Kalahari, Botswana
  • Jumadi Jumadi - Measuring the effectiveness of volcanic disaster risk management at Merapi using GIS and agent-based model simulation

Presentations

Conferences

Poster presentations

  • CARVER, S. & FRITZ, S. (1999) Mapping remoteness and off-road travel times using GIS and computer models. Poster presented at 1st International Conference on Science and Technology in Climbing and Mountaineering. Leeds, April 1999.
  • CARVER, S. (1996) Modelling the wilderness continuum. Poster presented at 3rd International Conference and Workshop on Integrating Geographical Information Systems and Environmental Modelling. Santa Fe, New Mexico, January 1996.
  • SEAR, D. & CARVER, S. (1993) Metaliferous mining in the Arctic: an evaluation of short-term sustainable development and landscape conservation in relation to geomorphological and ecological processes. Poster presented at The Malvern International Conference '93 and Workshop on Earth Science Convention. Great Malvern, UK. July 1993.
  • CARVER, S. (1989) Where to bury our nuclear waste? Poster presented at the Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference. Coventry, January 1989.
  • CARVER, S. (1988) Siting radioactive waste disposal facilities using GIS. Poster presented at ESRI User Conference. Freising, Germany, October 1988.

Organised

  • March 2001 : Wilderness Britain? Social and environmental perspectives on recreation and conservation
  • April 1997 : GIS Research UK 1997, University of Leeds
  • Research Groups :
  • NCGIA I-17 Collaborative Spatial Decision making
  • Geographic Information and Decision Analysis Research Group
  • Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Centre for Decision Research

Other presentations

Presentations in published proceedings

  • KINGSTON, R., CARVER, S., EVANS, A. AND TURTON, I. (1999) Virtual Decision Making in Spatial Planning: Web-Based Geographical Information Systems for Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making.  Proceeding of the International Conference of Public Participation and Information Technology.  Lisbon, Portugal.
  • CARVER, S. & FRITZ, S. (1999) Mapping remoteness and off-road travel times using GIS and computer models: applications in mountaineering and outdoor recreation management. Proceedings 1st International Conference on Science and Technology in Climbing and Mountaineering. Leeds, April 1999. CD-ROM.
  • CARVER, S., BLAKE, M., TURTON, I. & DUKE-WILLIAMS, O. (1996) Environmental decision-making over the web: improving public access to data and decision support tools. Proc. Geocomputation 96, University of Leeds, September 1996.
  • MURNION, S. & CARVER, S. (1996) Automatic analysis rule generation using genetic algorithms. Proc. Geocomputation 96, University of Leeds, September 1996.
  • CARVER, S., FRYSINGER, S. & REITSMA, R. (1996) Environmental modelling and collaborative spatial decision making: some thoughts and experiences arising from the I-17 meeting. in Proceedings 3rd International Conference and Workshop on Integrating Geographical Information Systems and Environmental Modelling. Santa Fe, New Mexico, January 1996. CD-ROM and WWW.
  • CARVER, S. & OPENSHAW, S. (1995) Using GIS to explore the technical and social aspects of site selection. in Proceedings of Conference on the Geological Disposal of Radioactive Wastes. Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, March 1995.
  • HEYWOOD, I. & CARVER, S. (1994) Decision support or idea generation: the role for GIS in policy formulation. in Proceedings Symposium für Angewante Geographische Informationsverarbeitung (AGIT'94).  Salzburg, Austria, July 1994, 259-266.
  • CARVER, S., HEYWOOD, I., CORNELIUS, S. & SEAR, D. (1994) The use of GIS/GPS technology in the management of national parks: a case study of the Altai Mountains, Siberia. in Proceedings of Man and Mountain 94 First International Symposium on Protection and Development of Mountain Environments. Ponte di Leano, Italy, June 1994.
  • CARVER, S., HEYWOOD, I., CORNELIUS, S. & SEAR, D. (1993) Evaluating field-based GIS for environmental modelling, characterisation and decision support. in Proceedings of 2nd International Conference and Workshop on Integrating Environmental Modelling and Geographical Information Systems. Breckenridge, Colorado, September 1993.
  • CARVER, S. & BRUNSDON, C. (1992) Accuracy and sampling strategy in 2D and 3D GIS databases: a study by simulation. in Proceedings of 3rd European Conference on Geographical Information Systems. Munich, Germany, March 1992, 244-253.
  • CARVER, S. (1991) Spatial decision support systems for facility location: a combined GIS and multicriteria evaluation approach. in Proceedings of 2nd International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management. Oxford, UK, July 1991, 75-90.
  • CARVER, S. (1991) Adding error handling functionality to the GIS tool kit. in Proceedings of 2nd European Conference on Geographical Information Systems. Brussels, Belgium, April 1991, 187-196.
  • BRUNSDON, C., CARVER, S., CHARLTON, M. & OPENSHAW, S.  (1990) A review of methods for handling error propagation in GIS. in Proceedings of 1st European Conference on Geographical Information Systems. Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 1990, 106-116.
  • CARVER, S. (1988) The role of geographic Information Systems in radioactive waste disposal. Proc. ESRI User Conference. Freising, Germany, October 1988.

Presentations not appearing in published proceedings

  • KINGSTON, R., CARVER, S., EVANS, A. & TURTON, I. (1999) Virtual Decision Making in Spatial Planning: Web-based Geographical Information Systems For Public Participation In Environmental Decision Making Paper presented at the International Conference on Public Participation and Information Technology, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • CARVER, S., EVANS, A. AND KINGSTON, R. (1999) Geographical Information Systems and the use of the World Wide Web in the planning process.  Communities 2000, The Local Authorities and Research Councils Initiative (LARCI) Conference, The Royal Armories, Leeds.
  • EVANS, A., KINGSTON, R., CARVER, S. AND TURTON, I. (1999) Web-based GIS used to enhance public democratic involvement. GeoComputation '99, Mary Washington College, Virginia, USA.
  • CARVER, S. & FRITZ, S. (1999) The idea of wilderness: objective approaches to mapping the subjective. Paper presented at the 11th European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geograph. Durham.
  • FRITZ, S., SEE, L. & CARVER, S. (1999) A fuzzy modelling approach to wild land mapping in Scotland. Paper presented at GISRUK 99, Southampton.
  • KINGSTON, R., CARVER, S., EVANS, A. & TURTON, I. (1999) A GIS for the public: enhancing participation in local decision making. Paper presented at GISRUK 99, Southampton.
  • CARVER, S., KINGSTON, R. & TURTON, I. (1998) Accessing Geographical Information Systems over the World Wide Web: the use of technology to aid public participation in environmental decision-making. Paper presented at EASST'98 General Conference, Lisbon.
  • KINGSTON, R., CARVER, S. & TURTON, I. (1998) Accessing Geographical Information Systems over the World Wide Web: the use of technology to aid public participation in environmental decision-making. Paper presented at SPICE'98, International Association for Public Participation. Tempe, Arizona.
  • KINGSTON, R., CARVER, S. & TURTON, I. (1998) Accessing GIS over the Web: an aid to public participation in environmental decision making. Paper presented at the 5th Annual Planning Academics Conference, Newcastle.
  • FRITZ, S. & CARVER, S. (1998) Accessibility as an important wilderness indicator: modelling Naismith's Rule. Paper presented at GISRUK 98, Edinburgh.
  • KINGSTON, R., CARVER, S. & TURTON, I. (1998) Accessing GIS over the Web: an aid to public participation in environmental decision making. Paper presented at GISRUK 98, Edinburgh.
  • CARVER, S. & RUDDEN, M. (1998) Using video-linked GPS and GIS to log trail erosion from a mountain bike. Paper presented at 1998 RGS/IBG Annual Conference, Guildford, Surrey.
  • FRITZ, S. & CARVER, S. (1998) In search of wilderness: social and environmental conflicts in outdoor recreation. Paper presented at 1998 RGS/IBG Annual Conference, Guildford, Surrey.
  • CARVER, S. (1997) Using (geo)graphical environments on the World Wide Web to improve public participation in social science research. Paper presented at AGOCG workshop on Graphics, Visualization and the Social Sciences, Loughborough University, 8/9 May 1997.
  • CARVER, S., BLAKE, M., TURTON, I. & DUKE-WILLIAMS, O. (1996) Open spatial decision-making: evaluation the potential of the World Wide Web. Paper presented at GISRUK '96, University of Cantebury, April 1996.
  • CARVER, S. (1995) Mapping the wilderness continuum. Paper presented at GISRUK '95, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, April 1995.
  • HEYWOOD, I. & CARVER, S. (1995) Decision support or idea generation: the role of GIS in policy formulation. Paper presented at GISRUK '95, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, April 1995.
  • SEAR, D. & CARVER, S. (1994) Release, dispersal and storage of metalifferous mining sediments in an Arctic braided river system: Mesters Vig, north east Greenland. Paper presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry, Kraków, Poland. September, 1994.
  • SEAR, D. & CARVER, S. (1994) The release and dispersal of Lead and Zinc contaminated sediments within an Arctic braided river system. Paper presented at the British Geomorphological Research Group Conference, Durham University. September 1994.
  • CARVER, S., CORNELIUS, S., HEYWOOD, I.  & SEAR, D. (1994) Developing field-based GIS for the study and management of remote environments. Paper presented at Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference. Nottingham, UK, January 1994.
  • SEAR, D. & CARVER, S. (1993) Metaliferous mining in the Arctic: an evaluation of short-term sustainable development and landscape conservation in relation to geomorphological and ecological processes. Paper presented at The Malvern International Conference '93 and Workshop on Earth Science Convention. Great Malvern, UK. July 1993.
  • SEAR, D., CARVER, S., HEYWOOD, I. & CORNELIUS, S. (1993) The Geomorphology of the Altai Mountains, Southern Siberia: a field-based GIS approach to the geomorphological mapping of mountain regions. Paper presented at British Geomorphological Research Group Conference on Geomorphology of Mountain Environments. Birmingham University, September 1993.
  • HEYWOOD, I., CARVER, S., CORNELIUS, S. & MIKHAILOV, N. (1992) The development of a GIS for landscape management in the Altai Mountains of Siberia. Paper presented at EuroCarto 10. Trinity College, Oxford. September 1992.
  • HEYWOOD, I. & CARVER, S.  (1992) The application of GIS to environmental problems in the mountain regions of eastern Europe. Paper presented at 1st Seminar on GIS and Sustainable Development of Mountain Environments. Barnaul, Russia, August 1992.
  • BRUNSDON, C. & CARVER, S. (1991) The accuracy of digital representations of 2D and 3D geographical objects: a study by simulation. Paper presented at 7th European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography. Stockholm, Sweden, September 1991.
  • CARVER, S. (1991) An interactive decision support system for radioactive waste disposal using Geographic Information Systems and multicriteria evaluation. Paper presented at PIME'91 International Workshop on Nuclear Public Information in Practice. Annecy, France, January 1991.
  • CARVER, S. (1990) GIS and multidimensional analysis: applications in decision-making and site location. Paper presented at 1st European Conference on Geographical Information Systems. Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 1990.
  • CHARLTON, M., OPENSHAW, S. & CARVER, S. (1989) Monte Carlo simulation of error propagation in GIS operations. Paper presented at 6th European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography. Chantilly, France, September 1989.
  • CHARLTON, M., OPENSHAW, S. & CARVER, S. (1989) Monte Carlo simulation of error propagation in GIS operations. Paper presented at 28th European Congress of the Regional Science Association.  St.Johns College, Cambridge, September 1989.
  • CARVER, S., OPENSHAW, S. & FERNIE, J. (1989) Where to bury our nuclear waste? Paper presented at the Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference. Coventry, January 1989.