The School of Surveying at Otago is research active in the fields of Antarctic science, geospatial science, geodetic and surveying science, hydrographic surveying, land tenure and cadastral studies and land engineering and urban development.
Research at surveying encompasses scientific and humanities approaches to land and sea. More specifically, aspects of research in measurement and geospatial sciences run alongside research in land tenure and urban development.
Research in Antarctic Science at the School covers the fields of Antarctic Glaciology, Sea Ice Physics and Remote Sensing. Research projects feature both field observations and numerical model simulations.
Research in Geospatial Science at the School covers the fields of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, and Photogrammetry. Research projects feature both theoretical and applied approaches.
Geodetic and Surveying Science
Research in Geodetic and Surveying Science at the School of Surveying covers the fields of earth or crustal deformation, geoid computation and long term sea level change.
Research in Hydrographic Surveying at the School covers the fields acoustic measurement, high-resolution bathymetric mapping of the seabed, inland rivers and lakes and legacy hydrographic data.
Land Tenure and Cadastral Studies
Research in Land Tenure and Cadastral Studies at the School of Surveying covers the fields of New Zealand and international land tenure, land registration issues, aboriginal title, public-private property rights, boundary issues and land law.
Land Engineering and Urban Development
Research in Land Engineering and Urban Development at the School covers the fields of Environmental Modelling and Urban Development Processes.
The School offers a number of postgraduate and research courses, designed to satisfy different needs and to accommodate students from different academic backgrounds. Entry into these degrees varies according to both the quality and the level of a student's previous tertiary study. At the graduate level, the School offers the following qualifications:
- Find out more about our postgraduate programs.
- Find out more about student research.
- Meet our postgraduate students.
The School of Surveying runs a seminar series showcasing projects and results related to the School research
themes. Speakers come from within the school, the university, as well as nationally and internationally renowned visitors.