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In a pretty big life and operations change, I’ve moved to Tromsø, Norway until at least mid-2023. I’m working as a postdoctoral researcher for the Norsk Polarinstitutt on sea ice physical processes in the Nansen Legacy Project – focussed on the Northern Barents Sea.

This means that Spatialised now has to work around visa requirements, a day job, fieldwork and powder days – which seems like a OK tradeoff – it means we settle nicely into the niche of artisanal geoconsulting!

What can we do in this new environment?

  • Field data collection in unusual / hard places, ground truth surveys, and developing innovative data collection methods with a focus on ethical community engagement / human power.
  • Scientific consulting services, especially related to the crysophere (frozen stuff).
  • Research and advisory services around mapping, ethics and community building
  • Maps and data visualisations, including illustrations unrelated to maps at all and art prints made of map stuff
  • Open source geospatial training packages – delivery needs to be coordinated well in advance, although working in central Europe time should make scheduling easier.
  • ANAFI thermal aircraft operations for mapping/inspection/filming/photography under Norway’s RO1 piloting rules, and will look at relicensing once Norway aligns with EU licensing in 2021.
  • Compute power – a fresh Metabox Prime Ai with capacity to process almost anything and is happy to run for days if it lives in the basement – so yes, churning out maps and 3D models from photographs is a thing.

…so pretty much all the things, but less of them for a while.

Some interesting side projects are also on the cooker – which might lead anywhere (the feature image for this post is a huge hint!). In the mean time, if you’re in the market for some artisanal geoconsulting, bespoke organic data manipulation, carefully curated maps and data and illustrations, or polar expedition operations – get in touch!

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