Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management

Research

The Department has eight, academic staff members involved with three, taught, postgraduate programmes in addition to MPhil and PhD research degrees. The taught programmes are the MSc in Geoinformatics, the MSc in Planning and Development, and the Graduate Diploma in Land Administration.

The Department’s research expertise is established in the ability to understand, capture and visualise the spatiotemporal phenomena and processes to provide reliable management options for decision-makers to achieve sustainable development.

These objectives are achieved by using surveying, mapping, monitoring, modelling and spatial analysis tools and techniques. Cutting-edge technology is being utilised in the research, such as global positioning systems, satellite remote sensing and GIS.
The other side of the approach is in the field of physical planning and development associated with policy planning, strategic and development planning, coastal zone planning and development control.

Priority areas and new themes of research have been identified and are being pursued. The research focus extends to areas covering geomatics, geodesy, land administration, spatial analysis, geoinformatics, spatial and settlements planning, the environment and ecosystems. The following are some topics of immediate concern:

    • Application of ICT in urban planning and management.
    • Using aerial and satellite images for coastal and natural resource management
    • Biodiversity mapping and analysis, forest cover assessment, land use and land cover mapping and monitoring.
    • Coastal zone management, developing plans for coastal zones, coastal erosion and modelling coastal changes for sustainable development.
    • Comparative analysis of planning statutes and administrative structures in the Caribbean.
    • Design for sustainable development of urban and other settlement areas, environmental planning and policy planning.
    • Urban structure and urban form in the Caribbean.
    • Community and participatory planning.
    • Non-structural measures for hazard mitigation.
    • Formulation and definition of national datums.
    • Geohazards; flooding and landslides, developing plans for areas exposed to natural and man-made hazards.
    • Global climate change, climate change and food security, sea level change.
    • Land tenure rights and practices including family land in specific jurisdictions.
    • Quality assurance of spatial data and other land-related information, development of standards for spatial data exchanges.
    • Relevant theory and methodology for Caribbean Planning and Resource Management.
    • The application of digital filtering, edge detection, robust statistics and neural network computing in satellite surveying.

Resources for research include automated field and GPS data recording and computation systems, photogrammetric and satellite images processing and analysis tools, GIS and mapping hardware and software, in addition to state-of-the-art computing and digital services facilities.