GeoMapping Unit

Expertise in Mapping and GIS

Resources available

Map/illustration design and production for staff
The unit provides this service for staff research, publications and teaching.

Supporting and teaching students
Staff in the GeoMapping Unit work with students providing advice on map production and design for coursework and projects. We teach different aspects of digital cartography and GIS, map interpretation, field mapping and aerial photo interpretation. Shaun Lewin's expertise is in GIS, whilst on the whole, Jamie Quinn focuses in simpler small-scale cartography, map and graphic design generally using Adobe Illustrator. If you don't know who is best to contact, email geomapping@plymouth.ac.uk, and the most appropriate person will respond.

Spatial data collection and analysis
Advice and help is available on field data capture (e.g. GPS receivers, unmanned survey aircraft) and the possibilities for analysis (e.g., QGIS and ESRI ArcGIS), again through timetabled lectures and practicals but also at an individual level. 


Spatial datasets
We can provide advice on how to access the many digital spatial datasets available. The majority of this is free but requires individual registration - visit our LibGuide 'Spatial Data Sources' page via the link below.

Paper maps and air photographs
Collections of paper maps covering topography, soils and many other themes are based in the Davy Building, 708. Loan conditions will vary depending on the collection involved. We have full Ordnance Survey coverage of Great Britain at 1:50,000 (Landranger) and 1:25,000 (Explorer) scales, which are available for loan. For all paper mapping, please arrange an appointment by emailing Jamie. For all digital mapping of Great Britain, Digimap is the place to start.

Geology Map Room
Geology maps, memoirs, reports, aerial photography and other publications are held in the Geology Map Room, 005, Fitzroy Building.

GeoMapping staff