Exploring Spatial Scale in Geography

Rating: Christopher D Lloyd. 2014. Exploring Spatial Scale in Geography. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN978 1 119 97135 1 The opening sentence says it all: “spatial scale is central to geography and to all disciplines concerned with the spatial arrangements of properties”. I think it fair to say that you can substitute a number of other words: ecology and conservation seem to fit but I’m sure there are others. The preface continues by arguing that the extent of a phenomenon might show […]


EdCommunity – Geographic Information Systems are a major potential source of ecological and environmental spatial data. These days it is essential that students know how they work and what can be done with them (as well as being a major career option!). One of the world’s biggest companies – ESRI – has a range of resources to help students and teachers learn more about the systems. Use this site as a starting point.

Vegetation Ecology

Rating: Eddy van der Maarel and Janet Franklin. eds. 2013. Vegetation Ecology. 2e. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978 1 4443 3889 8. Of course, the study of vegetation in ecology is one of the oldest parts of the discipline, as vegetation science is in many allied disciplines e.g. biogeography (although one of the first discrete texts was published only in 1974!). Nominally concerned with plant cover and the relationships with the environment, vegetation science has grown considerably as a discipline in recent […]


OneGeology is a website aiming to make all the world’s geological map data freely available. The final aim is to make a complete dynamic geological map of the Earth – watch how they progress.


IBSCO or International Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean is an umbrella organisation aiming to map the Antarctic regions with a high degree of accuracy. Follow their work on this site and get data and maps.

Atlas of Living Australia

Atlas of Living Australia is a detailed an multi-disciplinary site which is the local node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Its aim is to act as a collator of information from a range of organisations so that the complexity of Australian flora and fauna can be more easily accessed. In practice, this is a very ambitious project.  Leaving aside the traditional information such as species and species maps, this site has open source software to collect field data, a […]


This site allows you to make tours and publish them. Great for virtual field excursions.: Geotrio