BEGIN researchers are divided into the following three topics.

Geographic Information Science

GIScience studies data structures and computational methods to capture, process, analyse and visualise geographic information. The main topic of the GIScience group is movement analytics, which focuses on data collected on any kind of moving objects, from animals to people and vehicles. Researchers are developing new methods for visualising such data and for spatio-temporal analysis for wildlife monitoring. They are analysing flow networks, inventing new data fusion methods to link remotely sensed data to movement trajectories and investigating the effect of human disturbance on wildlife movement.

Researchers: Dr Urska Demsar, Sebastijan Sekulic, Solene Marion, Beate Zein.

Palaeoecology/Environmental Geography

Geographic data and methods are crucial to investigate the mechanisms of past, present and future environmental change and the implications for the biosphere and society. The BEGIN members work on tropical peatland research and investigate the palaeoceanography and palaeoecology of the North Atlantic region (Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Scotland). They study the environmental change in Iceland with high-resolution tephrochronology and UAV surveys and develop new spatial analysis methods for sedimentology and assessment of Scottish coastal carbon amounts.

Researchers: Dr Ian Lawson, Dr Richard Streeter, Dr Elena Lo Giudice Cappelli, Dr Craig Smeaton, Corallie Hunt.


Glaciologists in St Andrews are interested in the dynamics of glaciers and their interaction with ocean and climate. Their research on calving processes, ice/ocean interactions and glacier surges involves development of new spatial analysis methods as well as creation of sophisticated models, based on in situ and remotely sensed data.

Researchers: Prof Doug Benn, Dr Tom Cowton, Dr Joe Todd, Ben Davison.

Remote Sensing