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Māori Division of Sciences graduating students

Friday, 12 May 2017 8:28am

The Division of Sciences is extremely proud to see 48 Maori students graduate this weekend. Graduates have completed either their under- or postgraduate study covering a wide range of disciplines across the Division. See the full list of May 2017 graduates.

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Master of Applied Science in GIS Otago graduate wins award at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards in Sydney

Monday, 24 April 2017 4:14pm

Master of Applied Science in GIS Otago graduate wins award at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards in Sydney

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Massive survey of World War I tunnels handed over

Thursday, 13 April 2017 8:44am

A highly complex University of Otago project to preserve the unique Kiwi character of World War I tunnels in France has reached a milestone.

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School of Surveying students and staff win in three 2016 NZ Spatial Excellence Awards categories

Monday, 6 March 2017 11:22am

School of Surveying staff and students win three categories of the NZ Spatial Excellence Awards

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2016 Division of Sciences awards for Dr. Mick Strack and BSURV Hons student, Callum Johns

Monday, 6 March 2017 4:20pm

School of Surveying staff member Dr Mick Strack and 2016 Honours student Callum Johns win Division of Sciences Awards.

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NZARI Type A grant awarded to a team led by the School of Surveying's Dr. Greg Leonard

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 5:29pm

A team led by the School of Surveying's Dr. Greg Leonard has been awarded a New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute grant to study the winter formation of sea ice in Antarctica.

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First GIS Masters in Applied Science graduations.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 10:25am

School of Surveying produces its first MAppSci (GIS) graduates.

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Dean of School of Surveying to give a prestigious Nye lecture

Thursday, 8 December 2016 2:16pm

The Dean of Otago’s School of Surveying, Professor Christina Hulbe, has been invited to give the prestigious Nye Lecture at the upcoming Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

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New interactive 3D model of the Kia Ora carved in the tunnels of Arras

Friday, 28 October 2016 5:48pm

The LiDARRAS project released a new 3D model of the Kia Ora and silver ferns carved by soldiers of the NZETC in the Blenheim quarry underneath Arras in France. The model is a textured mesh made from high resolution laser scans that can be explored easily from any web browser.

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Professional photographer Ian Alderman captures stunning photos of surveying students at work

Friday, 28 October 2016 4:30pm

Professional photographer Ian Alderman gifted to the LiDARRAS project magnificent photos of our students at work while surveying the underground network of tunnels and quarries during the second fieldwork campaign.

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LiDARRAS project featured at WWI remembrance ceremony

Friday, 28 October 2016 5:12pm

The LiDARRAS project was featured at a special programme marking the centenary of the First Word War on the afternoon of the remembrance ceremony of the War in France at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

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Bentley Systems sponsors the LiDARRAS project

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 4:39pm

Bentley Systems generously sponsors the LiDARRAS project by providing license for their Reality Modeling Software.

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Chris Pearson's 2nd trip to Nepal - final 5th blog

Sunday, 16 October 2016 2:56pm

Chris Pearson's final 5th blog covering his 2nd trip to Nepal.

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Chris Pearson's second trip to Nepal - Blog 4

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 1:52pm

This is the 4th Blog covering Chris Pearson's second trip to Napal.

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Chris Pearson's 2nd trip to Nepal - Blog 3

Wednesday, 5 October 2016 11:49am

Third blog installment of Chris Pearson's second visit to Nepal.

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Chris Pearson's 2nd trip to Nepal - Blog 2.

Friday, 30 September 2016 11:54am

This is Chris Pearson's 2nd trip to Nepal - and his Blog 2.

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Two School of Surveying lecturers nominated for OUSA Teaching Awards

Sunday, 25 September 2016 11:23am

Lecturers at the School of Surveying were recently nominated for the “Best Lecturer’ category of the 2016 OUSA Teaching Awards. Dr. Robert Odolinski and Richard Hemi attended the awards ceremony held at the Evision Lounge, Clubs and Societies.

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Chris Pearson's 2nd Trip to Nepal - Blog 1.

Friday, 23 September 2016 11:50am

Chris Pearson's 2nd Trip to Nepal - Blog 1.

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LiDARRAS second fieldwork campaign meets objectives

Friday, 26 August 2016 4:13pm

The second fieldwork campaign of the LiDARRAS project has now been completed. After spending nearly 4 weeks underground surveying the quarries and tunnels dug by New Zealand soldiers during WW1, School of Surveying student Chris Page and fellow ESGT student Damien Houvet have carried out with brio the giant scanning task. Following a 2 week debriefing with our French partners of the ESGT, Chris returned to New Zealand earlier this month with nearly 1000 scans and 12,000 photos of the underground.

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Surveying student develops a web-mapping app to assess where drone should not be flown

Saturday, 20 August 2016 9:08am

Near miss incident between a drone and a passenger plane in Queenstown triggered surveying PhD student Todd Redpath to use his skills in GIS and web-mapping to develop quickly an app to identify the areas near airports where drone are not allowed to fly without authorization.

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Aotearoa New Zealand Ross Ice Shelf Programme featured at the XXXIV SCAR conference

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 3:52pm

Prof Christina Hulbe, Dean of the National School of Surveying at the University of Otago invited as keynote speaker at the upcoming SCAR conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Video clip reveals LiDARRAS second fieldwork campaign

Monday, 18 July 2016 11:22am

Young film-maker association APIA filmed the LiDARRAS team at work and produced a great video clip illustrating the scanning of the underground network of Arras during the second fieldwork campaign.

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The LiDARRAS project featured in French news!

Friday, 8 July 2016 10:51am

The LiDARRAS project was featured in a French local journal and on the evening regional news edition of a national TV channel.

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LiDARRAS second survey campaign well underway

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 10:35am

Richard Hemi returns from Arras, France, where he was involved with the second survey campaign of the underground network of tunnels and quarries dug by the NZ Tunnellers during WWI.

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Otago and French experts bring WWI tunnels to wider audience

Friday, 24 June 2016 2:03pm

Staff and a students from Otago’s National School of Surveying, along with counterparts from the École Supérieure des Géomètres et Topographes, are using 3D laser scanning to record and map a network of WWI tunnels and caves under the northern French city of Arras, creating a stunning virtual world to be explored from the safety of their newly launched website.

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Chris Pearson's Nepal work featured in Dunedin Television's nightly interview on 20 January 2016

Thursday, 21 January 2016 9:49am

The School of Surveying's Chris Pearson has recently completed a significant surveying project in earthquake-stricken Nepal that he was invited to lead by the Nepalese government.

Chris spoke about the project in his interview with Dunedin Television on 20 January 2016.

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International partnership brings the world to the University of Otago to study Hydrography

Monday, 18 January 2016 6:08pm

In December 2015, the School of Surveying at the University of Otago, in partnership with the Hydrographic Academy of the Marine Learning Alliance (Plymouth, UK), offered their inaugural Southern Hemisphere practical hydrographic paper (SURV562).

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Otago researchers to probe secrets of Ross Ice Shelf

Monday, 2 November 2015 4:57pm

A University of Otago-led research team is about to embark on an epic Antarctic research expedition as part of efforts to better understand how the Ross Ice Shelf (RIS) will respond to global warming.

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Chris Pearson's Nepal Blog, Week 5

Thursday, 15 October 2015 8:27pm

This is the final instalment in Chris Pearson's blog from his time in Nepal.

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Searching for MH370 - Surveying Graduates in University of Otago Alumni Magazine

Thursday, 15 October 2015 4:25pm

Seven of our 2015 Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv) graduates feature in the recent University of Otago’s Magazine in the “Alumni News: Where in the World are You?” section.

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Article on Chris Pearson's Nepal work appears in the Nepali Times

Monday, 12 October 2015 10:36am

Chris Pearson's work in Nepal was recently featured in an article that appeared in the Nepali Times.

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Chris Pearson's Nepal Blog, Week 4

Friday, 9 October 2015 3:22pm

This is the fourth in a series of weekly blogs describing Chris Pearson's time in Nepal.

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Chris Pearson's Nepal Blog, Week 3

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 12:55pm

This is the third in a series of weekly blogs describing Chris Pearson's time in Nepal.

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Dr. Chris Pearson's Nepal Blog, Week 2

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 9:31am

Here is the second in a series of blogs from Dr. Chris Pearson's while he is working in Nepal.

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Dr. Chris Pearson's Nepal Blog, Week One

Monday, 14 September 2015 9:37am

This is the first instalment in Dr. Chris Pearson's weekly updates on his field work in Nepal.

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Christina Hulbe's Inaugural Professorial Lecture, 1 September 2015

Tuesday, 8 September 2015 5:14pm

Christina Hulbe, the Dean of the School of Surveying, gave her Inaugural Professorial Lecture (IPL) at the University of Otago's Archway Lecture Theatre on Tuesday evening, 1 September.

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Dr. Chris Pearson from the School of Surveying is assisting Nepal to recover from the recent devastating earthquakes.

Monday, 7 September 2015 2:44pm

Dr. Chris Pearson from the School of Surveying left on Sunday, 6 September, to travel to Nepal to assist the country in recovering from the effects of the recent devastating earthquakes. 

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Senior Lecturer Brian Coutts takes part in the 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 3:25pm

Senior Lecturer Brian Coutts (front and centre in this picture) is currently on leave--to represent New Zealand in the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Massed Pipes and Drums, in which Brian is performing, involves 250 pipers, drummers, and drum majors in 14 Regimental and Commonwealth bands.

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School of Surveying contributes to Science Wananga

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 2:18pm

Senior Lecturer Mick Strack and 3rd year student Sarah Duggan shared in facilitating a Science Wananga at Maungatapu Marae, Tauranga from 22 to 24 July in conjunction with Te Runanga o Ngai Te Rangi.

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School of Surveying student wins 2015 Australasian Hydrographic Society Education Award

Friday, 10 July 2015 4:30pm

The School of Surveying is proud to announce that final year student Thomas Rutter is the recipient of the 2015 Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS) Education Award. The Award was formally presented to Thomas on 22 June 2015 by the AHS President, Commander Dave Crossman, RNZN during the AHS NZ Region Annual Seminar and AGM, held in Wellington.

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11 Otago students sponsored to attend NZ Hydrographic Society Seminar

Friday, 10 July 2015 8:58am

In June, 11 students from Otago were sponsored to attend the New Zealand Region (NZR) of the Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS) Annual Seminar celebrating the theme of World Hydrography Day: “Our seas and oceans – still to be explored and charted”.

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Rewarding first semester at the School of Surveying for Dr. Robert Odolinski

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 12:34pm

It has been 6 months since Dr. Robert Odolinski arrived as a new lecturer in preparation for his first semester at School of Surveying. Since then he has been lecturing SURV302 Geodetic Reference Systems and Network Analysis throughout the first semester.

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Graduation 2015

Friday, 22 May 2015 9:08am

Our 2015 graduates returned to the Dunedin Campus two weeks ago to take part in the 9 May University of Otago graduation ceremony and the School of Surveying afternoon tea. 

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Student Video Competition Winners for 2015

Friday, 22 May 2015 9:10am

The winners of the inaugral School of Surveying Student Video Competition were announced on Thursday, 21 May.  First place was shared by third year BSurv student Sam McCloy and 4th year BSurv student Jeremy McCaffrey.

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Antarctic research featured in American Geophysical Union (AGU) Research Spotlight

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:51am

The editors of the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans  selected a paper co-authored by the School of Surveying's Dr. Greg Leonard to feature as an AGU Research Spotlight for March 2015.

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University of Otago grateful for Multibeam Echo Sounder support

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 9:09am

In the last week of March, students from the School of Surveying and Departments of Geology and Marine Science were given a glimpse of the latest hydrographic surveying gear in action on the university vessel Polaris II.

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Dr Pascal Sirguey wins NZ Institute of Surveyors award

Thursday, 4 December 2014 11:33am

At their annual awards ceremony the NZ institute of Surveyors recognised the work of Dr Pascal Sirguey with their top award for teaching and education.

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GALLIPOLI 1915: RECORDING STORIES

Tuesday, 9 September 2014 3:55pm

A cross‐disciplinary interchange on the value of artifacts as resources for research into ANZACs at Gallipoli 1915.

Date: Tuesday September 9th 2014, starting 1pm
Venue: Toitu ‐ Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin, New Zealand

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$5000 Pledged to Repair Charles Kettle's Grave

Thursday, 31 July 2014 12:41pm

With the help of the Otago University Surveying Students Association (OUSSA), $5000 has been pledged to repair Surveyor Charles Kettle's grave in Dunedin's Southern Cemetery.

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Surveying Students Sponsored to Attend Hydrographic Seminar

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 9:22am

On 20th July 2014, nine students from the School of Surveying were sponsored to attend the yearly New Zealand Region (NZR) of the Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS) Seminar. The seminar "Hydrography - More than just Charts" was held in Christchurch, with student sponsorship generously provided by Trimble NZ, Discovery Marine Ltd, NZR AHS and AHS.


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Passing of Chris Hoogsteden

Wednesday, 2 July 2014 9:24am

It is with much sadness that the School of Survey must announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Chris Hoogsteden, late on Monday the 30th of June at his home in Waitati. A genuine, wonderful man has departed but all of those that have worked with Chris or were taught by him during his thirty-one years at the School of Surveying are richer for the time that he spent with us. Our thoughts are with Eunice and the rest of Chris’ family as they prepare to farewell a loving husband, father and grandfather.

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School of Surveying hosts "A Day in the Life of a Surveyor" Event

Monday, 28 April 2014 5:55pm

In early April, 2014, the School of Surveying hosted local secondary school students from ten local Dunedin high schools.  The purpose of the event was to give the students the opportunity to experience a sample of the various types of work undertaken by students studying surveying at the University of Otago. Thirty budding geo-spatial scientists spent “A Day in the Life of a Surveyor”; designing new roads, carrying out precise measurement using state-of–the-art surveying instruments, viewing and measuring the campus area in 3D and navigating around the upper harbour aboard the University of Otago vessel Beryl Brewin.

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BSc Land Planning and Development Graduate featured in Buller District promotional video

Friday, 4 April 2014 1:18pm

Jake Neaves, who graduated in 2013 with a BSc degree in Land Planning and Development, is currently featured in a promotional video for the Buller District. 

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Great turnout for a social football match on Friday, 21 March.

Thursday, 27 March 2014 9:39am

There was a great turnout for Friday's social football match between a team made up of staff and students from the School of Surveying, the Department of Marine Science, and a few ringers from Northeast Valley Normal School, and a team from the Department of Information Science.

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2014 Young Blake Sub-Antarctic Expedition begins for Otago staff

Friday, 7 February 2014 10:30am

The Polaris II departed from Carey's Bay, Dunedin, on the morning of Friday, 7 February, bound for the Auckland Islands.  Once there it will meet up with the other members of the Young Blake 2014 Sub-Antarctic Expedition who are traveling via the HMNZS Wellington and helicopter.  On-board was the School of Surveying's Emily Tidey.

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School of Surveying involved in Hands-On-Science "snack" on the Polaris II

Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:22pm

On 15 January, two School of Surveying staff were onboard the University of Otago vessel Polaris II in the Otago Harbour for a Hands-On Science "snack". 

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2014 Young Blake Sub-Antarctic Expedition

Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:44am

In February 2014 a Young Blake Expedition will be travelling to the Auckland Islands.  The School of Surveying's Emily Tidey and Greg Leonard are part of the team. 

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New results on the demise of Kilimanjaro's glaciers presented at the AGU Fall Meeting 2013 and featured on LiveScience.com

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 12:47pm

School of Surveying's lecturer Dr Pascal Sirguey presented new results about the retreat of glaciers on Kilimanjaro at the AGU Fall Meeting 2013 resulting from the creation of a new digital elevation model from GeoEye-1 stereo imagery. 

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Antarctic sea ice research

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 9:56am

From 15 November to 4 December 2013, the School of Surveying's Dr. Greg Leonard conducted fieldwork in Antarctica as part of Antarctic Event K063.  The main objective of the fieldwork was to validate remotely sensed ice thickness measurements.

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Hydrography Careers Video

Thursday, 12 September 2013 5:09pm

The Hydrography Commission National Committee (HCNC) of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) along with the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) have produced a video promoting hydrographic surveying to school students in Australasia, and it has been launched this week!

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What does it mean to be a surveyor in New Zealand?

Monday, 9 September 2013 4:20pm

What is the scope of surveying practice and surveying education? How do surveyors think about the land?

Survey Marks provides some answers for these questions. Essays from academics and practitioners look back at the contributions of some early colonial surveyors, discuss education issues, examine current concerns of surveyors, and look at how surveying is evolving alongside new technology, new social expectations and new environmental concerns. Artists and poets contribute their unique vision of our place on this land.

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The School of Surveying becomes a member of the Australasian Spatial Information Education and Research Association (ASIERA)

Monday, 1 July 2013 3:17pm

ASIERA is an association of the tertiary education institutions in Australasia that have a focus on spatial information education and research.
With its undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in GIS and strong research in Geospatial Sciences, the School of Surveying is a natural and now a formal member of this association. 

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Shortest flightpath from Buenos Aires to Sydney

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 4:29pm

A column in the Thursday, 9 May 2013 edition of the Otago Daily Times raised queries about the Buenos Aires - Sydney airline flight passing over Dunedin.  The School of Surveying's Dr. Paul Denys provided the answer.

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CARIS training course:  hydrographic data processing

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 9:55am

The School of Surveying is pleased to announce they will be hosting a CARIS HIPS and SIPS Training course in July this year.

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Erebus Glacier Tongue calved

Friday, 26 April 2013 1:18pm

The School of Surveying was involved in mapping and documenting the recent major calving of Erebus Glacier Tongue. On the 27 February 2013 (UTC), and for only the 4th time in the brief recorded history of Antarctica, the Erebus Glacier Tongue calved. In doing so it freed a c.a. 3.3 km penguin-like shaped iceberg. The reduced length of the Erebus Glacier Tongue is now about 9.9 km.

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Work on Kilimanjaro Glaciers Featured on National Geographic Channel

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 4:24pm

Recent research conducted at the School in collaboration with the Department of Geography and the University of Innsbruck and yielding to the characterization of the glacier retreat on Kilimanjaro was featured on National Geographic Channel on Saturday 19 January, 7.30pm (NGC-AU&NZ).

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University of Otago selects next Dean of Surveying

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 10:25am

A leading US glaciologist has been selected as Professor and Dean of Surveying at the University of Otago.