School of Geography

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Gary Priestnall

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences


Teaching Summary

Geospatial Technologies (level 3/4, convener and sole academic on 20 credit module)

Spatial Decision Making (level 4, convener and sole academic on 20 credit module)

Statistical and Computational Problem Solving (level 4, spring semester of 20 credit module, Python programming)

Dissertation (Year 3) - contribution to marking on school-wide module

Techniques in Physical Geography (level 2, 20 credits, one lecture and one practical)

Research Tutorial (Year 2) - contribution to school-wide module

Exploring Place (level 1, 10 credits, three * joint 2-hour sessions, two* 2-hour sessions just me)

Tutorial (Year 1) - contribution to school-wide module

Research Summary

My research interests are in the area of Geographic representation and visualisation. This includes the design of various forms of geographic situated display, landscape visualisation, and how… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

My research interests are in the area of Geographic representation and visualisation. This includes the design of various forms of geographic situated display, landscape visualisation, and how geographic information is displayed and captured via mobile devices. The 'Grandest Views' website describes various explorations into landscape modeling including Mayson's Ordnance model of the Lake District from 1875, projection augmented relief models, and the Grandest Views exhibition.


Geographic Visualisation - Projection Augmented Relief Models (PARM) - Overview - CAS project - EPSRC project - Digital Terrain Modeling and landscape visualisation. - Technologies for visualisation in the lab and in fieldwork (see EXAMPLES) - Locative media (GeoMoLe, SPLINT, where:now, Augmenting the visitor experience - GeoSpatial Widgets (including LOCATA) 3D interactive desktop apps - Collaborative virtual worlds (DELVE project)


Geospatial Representation - Terrain represenation and derived mapping, Visibility Analysis (left) - Remote Geotagging and Query (Zapp smartphone app) - Mobile Mapping (Rural Divide project, Landmark Salience studies), - Relationship between maps and 3D models (LOCATA) - GIS-based data models (Bollin river project and Flood Risk Consortium) - Object-based Feature extraction (Change detection, ALFIE project)

Spots of Time

Digital Heritage Applications - Grandest Views Exhibition - relief models past and present - Weather Walks (landscape context of locative media) - 'Spots of Time' PARM installation at Wordsworth Trust - Mapping Performance Culture Nottingham (Web-based interactive map) - Towards Pervasive Media ('Curating the landscape' theme) - Digital Community History (historical photos & maps via mobiles)


Geo-Art Collaborations - Geo-location of Artworks (Edward Lear, Savage Grandeur) - Community mapping projects (Real World Mapping) - Geographer - Artist symposium and exhibition (Mapping Change) - Technology in context of art exhibitions (Wordsworth Trust) - Landscape representation and scale (with Jeremy Gardiner via Pervasive Media project) - AHRC Art-Science fellowship with Derek Hampson (Chat Moss)

Past Research

Feature Extraction: Ideas developed during my PhD thesis on automated feature recognition from scanned drawings have been successfully applied to geographical objects found in satellite imagery. Starting with a land use change project and then with ALFIE where we developed an object-based classification using contextual clues to discriminate objects of different types. Some of the general ideas have carried through to later work, for example understanding context continues to be important in terms of representation and visualisation where spatial context helps people orientate themselves.

Future Research

Ongoing research interests, and some ideas for postgraduate research projects, are:

  • Exploring the power of physical relief models
  • Projection Augmented Relief Models for informal learning and spatial decision support
  • Mobile geospatial apps - capturing and re-presenting richness of experience
  • Smart mobile field guides: designing natural language interfaces for orientation in the field
  • Locative media for exploring remote field sites through physical movement
  • Linking museum collections to landscape: geographic footprints for heritage information for delivery via GPS-enabled devices
  • NACHNOER ARSS, ALASTAIR SMITH and GARY PRIESTNALL, 2017. Interactions with Projected Augmented Relief Models (PARM) In: The Tenth International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions. 122 - 127
  • GARY PRIESTNALL, JAMES GOULDING, ALASTAIR SMITH and NACHNOER ARSS, 2017. Exploring the Capabilities of Projection Augmented Relief Models (PARM) In: Proceedings of the 25th GIS Research UK Conference.
  • GARY PRIESTNALL, 2016. Spatial Frames of Reference for Literature using Geospatial Technologies. In: DAVID COOPER, CHRISTOPHER DONALDSON and PATRICIA MURRIETA-FLORES, eds., Literary Mapping in the Digital Age Routledge. 326
  • The Grandest Views: Models of Lakeland from Vitorian Times to the Present Day 2015. At: Keswick Museum & Art Gallery02/07/2015 00:00:00-05/16/2015 00:00:00.
  • GARY PRIESTNALL, KATARINA LORENZ, MIKE HEFFERNAN, JOE BAILEY, CRAIG GOODERE and ROBYN SULLIVAN, 2014. Reconstruction and Display of a Nineteenth Century Landscape Model In: Digital Humanities.
  • MEEK, S., PRIESTNALL, G., SHARPLES, M. and GOULDING, J., 2013. Mobile capture of remote points of interest using line of sight modelling Computers and Geosciences. 52(March), 334-344
  • ADAMS, A., FITZGERALD, E. and PRIESTNALL, G., 2013. Of catwalk technologies and boundary creatures ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. 20(3), 15
  • MEEK, S, GOULDING, J and PRIESTNALL, G, 2013. The influence of digital surface model choice on visibility-based mobile geospatial applications Transactions in GIS. (In Press.)
  • MEEK, S, PRIESTNALL, G and ABRAHART, R, 2013. Location Based GeoComputation. In: ABRAHART, R and SEE, L, eds., GeoComputation (2nd Edition) 2nd. Taylor and Francis. (In Press.)
  • MEEK, S, FITZGERALD, E, PRIESTNALL, G and SHARPLES, M, 2013. Field Trip Learning. In: KINUTHIA, W and MARSHALL, S, eds., On the Move: Mobile Learning for Development Information Age Publishing Inc., Charlotte, NC.
  • MOUNT, N and PRIESTNALL, G, 2012. Trying to Build a Wind Farm in a National Park: Experiences of a Geocollaboration Experiment in Second Life. In: UNWIN, D, FOOTE, K, TATE, N and DIBIASE, D, eds., Teaching Geographical Information Science and Technology in Higher Education Wiley-Blackwell. 301-325
  • NEWTON, P, SMITH, A, PRIESTNALL, G and MEEK, S, 2012. The Geographic Relevance of Locative Media: An in-field evaluation of visibility triggers and visual salience of landmarks In: Geographical Information Science Research UK (GISRUK) 2012.
  • SHARPLES, M, MEEK, S and PRIESTNALL, G, 2012. Zapp: Learning about the Distant Landscape In: 11th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (Mlearn 2012).
  • MEEK, S, GOULDING, J and PRIESTNALL, G, 2012. The influence of Digital Surface Model choice on visibility-based Mobile Geospatial Applications In: Geographical Information Science Research UK (GISRUK) 2012.
  • PRIESTNALL, G, JARVIS, C, BURTON, A, SMITH, M and MOUNT, N, 2012. Virtual Geographic Environments. In: UNWIN, D, FOOTE, K, TATE, N and DIBIASE, D, eds., Teaching Geographical Information Science and Technology in Higher Education
  • PRIESTNALL, G., GARDINER, J., DURRANT, J. and GOULDING, J., 2012. Projection Augmented Relief Models (PARM): tangible displays for geographic information In: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2012). 180-187
  • ROBINSON, J., PRIESTNALL, G., TYLER-JONES, R. and BURGESS, R., 2011. Mapping the moment: A spatio-temporal interface for studying performance culture, Nottingham, 1857–1867 International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing. 5(2), 103-126
  • FITZGERALD, E, SHARPLES, M, JONES, R and PRIESTNALL, G, 2011. Guidelines for the design of location-based audio for mobile learning International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning. 3(4), 70-85
  • COOPER, D. and PRIESTNALL, G., 2011. The processual intertextuality of literary cartographies: critical and digital practices Cartographic Journal. 48(4), 250-262
  • FITZGERALD, E., SHARPLES, M., JONES, R and PRIESTNALL, G., 2010. Guidelines for the design of location-based audio for mobile learning In: Mlearn 2010.
  • PRIESTNALL, G., BROWN, E., SHARPLES, M. and POLMEAR, G., 2010. Augmenting the field experience: A student-led comparison of techniques and technologies. In: BROWN, E., ed., Education in the wild: contextual and location-based mobile learning in action: A report from the STELLAR Alpine Rendez-Vous workshop series Learning Sciences Research Institute. 43-46
  • MOORE, A., PAXTON, M., JACKSON, M. and PRIESTNALL, G., 2010. Positioning in the wild - Illustrating the emerging issues In: Digital Economy All Hands Meeting - Digital Futures 2010.
  • MOUNT, N.J., CHAMBERS, C., WEAVER, D. and PRIESTNALL, G., 2009. Learner immersion engagement in the 3D virtual world: principles emerging from the DELVE project ITALICS. 8(3), 40-56
  • VLODOVIC, V., PRIESTNALL, G. and MOUNT, N., 2009. Making your mind up: Second Life bucks the trend as the fizz goes out of GIS In: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting.
  • PRIESTNALL, G. and COWTON, J., 2009. Putting Landscape Drawings in their place: Virtual Tours in an Exhibition Context In: Geospatial computing for the arts, humanities and cultural heritage workshop at the fifth IEEE e-Science conference.
  • PRIESTNALL, G., 2009. Landscape visualization in fieldwork Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 33(Supp 1), S104-S112
  • STUDDEN, L., PRIESTNALL, G. and JACKSON, M., 2009. Incorporating egocentric routing preferences into pedestrian navigation devices In: Geographical Information Science Research UK (GISRUK) 2009 Conference.
  • PRIESTNALL, G., BROWN, E., SHARPLES, M. and POLMEAR, G., 2009. A student-led comparison of techniques for augmenting the field experience In: Mlearn 2009.
  • MOUNT, N., PRIESTNALL, G., WEAVER, D. and BURTON, A., 2009. Wading through Derwent Water: taking digital terrains from the real world to Second Life In: Geographical Information Science Research UK (GISRUK) 2009 Conference.
  • JARVIS, C., DICKIE, J., PRIESTNALL, G., ASHFIELD, S, and POLMEAR, G., 2009. Mediascapes: An integrated GI perspective In: 12th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science 2009.
  • JARVIS, C.H., PRIESTNALL, G., BURTON, A.M., DICKIE, J., POLMEAR, G. and LI, J., 2008. Blended technologies in Geographical Information Science: A curriculum approach In: Proceedings of EUGISES 6th European GIS Education Seminar.
  • SMITH, M.J., BURTON, A., KOKKAS, N., PRIESTNALL, G. and POLMEAR, G., 2008. Congress; 21st. VOL 37(PART B6a), 17-22
  • PRIESTNALL, G. and HAMPSON, D., 2008. Landscape visualisation: science and art. In: DODGE, M., MCDERBY, M. and TURNER, M., eds., Geographic visualization: concepts, tools and applications Wiley. 241-258
  • MINOCHA, S., KEAR, K., MOUNT, N. and PRIESTNALL, G., 2008. Design of learning spaces in 3-D virtual environments In: Researching Learning in Virtual Environments 08.
  • JARVIS, C., PRIESTNALL, G., POLMEAR, G., LI and J, 2008. Geo-contextualised visualisation for teaching and learning in the field In: Geographical Information Science Research UK (GISRUK) 2008 Conference.
  • BURTON, A., PRIESTNALL, G., POLMEAR. G. and MOUNT, N., 2008. Real-Time Landscape Visualisation: Experiences in a Teaching and Learning Context In: Geographical Information Science Research UK (GISRUK) 2008 Conference.
  • BURGESS, R., PRIESTNALL, G., ROBINSON, J., SUTHERLAND, L., TYLER-JONES, R. and KOLLER, T., 2008. The development of an interactive mapping website for representing performance culture in Nottingham 1857-1867 In: Historical GIS 2008.
  • SMITH, M.J., BURTON, A., KOKKAS, N., PRIESTNALL, G. and POLMEAR, G., 2008. Raising Spatial and Visualization Awareness in a Teaching Environment. VOL 37(PART B6A), 17-22
  • PRIESTNALL, G. and MARCH, J., 2008. The Geospatial Widgets Project: Interactive Visual Tools In: Interactive Technologies: Education, Disability and Rehabilitation. (In Press.)
  • PRIESTNALL, G. and MARCH, J., 2008. Learning to read the landscape: Interactive visual tools for exploring spatial thinking In: Geographical Information Science Research UK (GISRUK) 2008 Conference.
  • MOUNT, N., HARVEY, G., APLIN, P. and PRIESTNALL, G., eds., 2008. Representing, Modeling and Visualizing the Natural Environment CRC Press.
  • PRIESTNALL, G and POLMEAR, G., 2007. A synchronised environment for developing spatially aware mobile applications In: Geographical Information Science Research UK (GISRUK) 2007 Conference.
  • PRIESTNALL, G. and APLIN, P., 2006. Cover: Spatial and temporal remote sensing requirements for river monitoring International Journal of Remote Sensing. 27(11), 2111-2120
  • PRIESTNALL, G. and POLMEAR, G., 2006. Landscape visualisation: from lab to field In: First International Workshop on Mobile Geospatial Augmented Reality, May 29-30 May 2006,.
  • APLIN, P., PRIESTNALL, G., AGARWAL, P. and HAMRE, T., 2006. The role of user testing in developing a European web-based marine pollution GIS In: Proceedings of the 14th GIScience Research UK Annual Conference (GISRUK 2006). 341-345
  • GHAFFARI, A., PRIESTNALL, G. and CLARKE, M. L., 2006. Artificial neural networks and decision tree classifier performance on medium resolution ASTER data to detect gully networks in southern Italy [6064-69] PROCEEDINGS- SPIE THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR OPTICAL ENGINEERING. VOL 6064, 60641Q-60641Q
  • PRIESTNALL, G. and POLMEAR, G., 2006. A spatially aware mobile test bed for exploring and enhancing spatial literacy skills In: Geographical Information Science Research UK Conference (GISRUK ’06). 387-391
  • HENDERSON, J., CHALLIS, K., O HARA, S., MCLOUGHLIN, S., GARDNER, A. and PRIESTNALL, G., 2005. Experiment and innovation: early Islamic industry at al-Raqqa, Syria Antiquity. 79(303), 130-145
  • SMITH, M.J., EDWARDS, E.P., PRIESTNALL, G. and BATES, P., 2005. Creation of digital elevation models for flood inundation modelling. Flood Risk Management Research Consortium (FRMRC).
  • PRIESTNALL, G. and HAMPSON, D., 2005. GIScience – Art collaborations: Experiences and Implications In: Geographical Information Science Research UK Conference (GISRUK ’05). 507 - 512
  • HAMPSON, D. and PRIESTNALL, G., eds., 2005. Chat Moss CMG.
  • PRIESTNALL, G., HATCHER, M. J., MORTON, R. D., WALLACE, S. J. and LEY, R. G., 2004. A framework for automated extraction and classification of linear networks Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 70(12), 1373-1382
  • CHALLIS, K., PRIESTNALL, G., GARDNER, A., HENDERSON, J. and O'HARA, S., 2004. Corona remotely-sensed imagery in dryland archaeology: the Islamic city of al-Raqqa, Syria Journal of Field Archaeology. 29(1/2), 139-153
  • THORNE, C., SKINNER, K., PRIESTNALL, G. and SOAR, P., 2004. Accounting for sediment dynamics in redesigning a flood management system Proceedings of the Ninth International Symposium on River Sedimentation. 555-563
  • Chat Moss (Curated by Derek Hampson and Gary Priestnall) 2004. At: REDUX gallery, London11/01/2004 00:00:00-01/01/1900 00:00:00.
  • BRADSHAW, R., ABRAHART, R. J. and PRIESTNALL, G., 2004. Big GIS or Little GIS? Establishing the best route ahead for research in historical GIS In: Geographical Information Science Research UK Conference (GISRUK ’04).
  • SMITH, M. J., ASAL, F. F. F. and PRIESTNALL, G., 2004. The Use of Photogrammetry and Lidar for Landscape Roughness Estimation in Hydrodynamic Studies INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES OF PHOTOGRAMMETRY REMOTE SENSING AND SPATIAL INFORMATION SCIENCES. VOL 35(PART 3), 714-719
  • ABRAHART, R. J., BRADSHAW, R., PRIESTNALL, G. and CONWAY, G., 2004. Modelling and analysis of a Victorian city – a GIS approach In: 5th European Social Science History Conference.
  • PRIESTNALL, G., 2004. Augmenting Reality? 3D Modelling and Visualisation in Geography Fieldwork In: Geographical Information Science Research UK Conference (GISRUK ’04). 35-38
  • DOWNS, P.W. and PRIESTNALL, G., 2003. Modelling catchment processes. In: KONDOLF, G. MATHIAS. and PIEGAY, HERVE., eds., Tools in fluvial geomorphology Chichester: Wiley. 205-230
  • PRIESTNALL, G., SKINNER, K. and THORNE, C R., 2003. Interactive mapping for communicating the results of a fluvial audit In: River Restoration Centre Annual Network Conference.
  • HENDERSON, J., CHALLIS, K., GARDNER, A., O HARA, S. and PRIESTNALL, G., 2002. The Raqqa Ancient Industry Project Antiquity. 76(291), 33-34
  • WALLACE, S.J., HATCHER, M.J., LEY, R.G., PRIESTNALL, G. and MORTON, R.D., 2002. Automatic differentiation of linear features extracted from remotely sensed imagery Österreichische Zeitschrift für Vermessung und Geoinformation. 3-4, 17-29
  • CHALLIS, K. and PRIESTNALL, G., 2002. An ancient cityscape revealed Geoworld. June 2002,
  • WALLACE, S.J., HATCHER, M.J., PRIESTNALL, G. and MORTON, R.D., 2001. Research into a framework for automatic linear feature identification and extraction. In: Automatic Extraction of Man-made Objects from Aerial and Space Images (III) 381-390
  • Mapping Change (Curated by Derek Hampson and Gary Priestnall) 2001. At: The Community Pharmacy Gallery, Margate, Kent12/01/2001 00:00:00-01/01/1900 00:00:00.
  • JAAFAR, J., PRIESTNALL, G. and MATHER, P.M., 2000. Automated accuracy estimates for DEM derived from Laser Scanning DSM. In: Management Information Systems 2000: GIS and Remote Sensing 1.
  • PRIESTNALL, G., JAAFAR, J. and DUNCAN, A., 2000. Extracting urban features from LiDAR digital surface models Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. VOL 24(NUMBER 2), 65-78
  • SMITH, M., ASAL, F. and PRIESTNALL, G., 2000. Combining LIDAR and photogrammetry for urban and rural landscape studies International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. XXXIII Part 3A, 44-50
  • PRIESTNALL, G. and WALLACE, S.J., 2000. Semi-automated linear feature extraction using a knowledge rich object data model
  • DOWNS, P. W. and PRIESTNALL, G., 1999. System design for catchment-scale approaches to studying river channel adjustments using a GIS International Journal of Geographical Information Science. VOL 13(NUMBER 3), 247-266
  • JAAFAR, J., PRIESTNALL, G., MATHER, P. and VIEIRA, C., 1999. Construction of DEM from LiDAR DSM using morphological filtering, conventional statistical approaches and Artificial Neural Networks In: The 25th Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Remote Sensing Society.
  • PRIESTNALL, G., 1998. A control strategy for automated land use change detection: an integration of vector-based GIS, remote sensing and pattern recognition. In: Innovations in GIS 5 Taylor & Francis Ltd, London. 162-175
  • PRIESTNALL, G., 1997. An object-based strategy for automated land use change detection: integrating GIS, Remote Sensing and Pattern Recognition In: Laser-Scan User Group Conference.
  • PRIESTNALL, G. and GLOVER, R., 1997. A control strategy for automated landuse change detection: an integration of Remote Sensing, Pattern Recognition and vector-based GIS In: The 5th National Conference of Geographical Information Systems Research UK (GISRUK '97).
  • PRIESTNALL, G. and DOWNS, P., 1996. Automated parameter estimation for catchment scale river channel studies: the benefits of raster-vector integration In: Application of Geographic Information Systems in Hydrology and Water Resources (HydroGIS 96). 215-223
  • PRIESTNALL, G., MARSTON, R. E. and ELLIMAN, D. G., 1996. Arrowhead recognition during automated data capture Pattern Recognition Letters. VOL 17(NUMBER 3), 277-286

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