In November, four students from the Master in Geospatial Information Science programme of the University of Gävle will join the BIG Project, as part of their Project course and their upcoming thesis work. The students will be involved in GIS analysis and mapping-related tasks with focus on ecological connectivity, mobility/accessibility, noise polution and tree mapping. Below is a short presentation of them. We welcome Lina, Omar, Chrishan and Michael!

Michael Olusegun Oladele, Master student in Geospatial Information Science

Michael will work with the creation of a map of ecological health or resilience. 

What will the BIG project contribute to?

– The BIG project would help create a more sustainable environment, it would also help create consciousness regarding how underrated the citizens’ health and wellbeing is perceived. The BIG project is a big step into the future, it endeavours to help provide insights, evaluations and understanding of how a healthy and sustainable society should be developed in the future through new technologies.


Faustina Lina Yeboah, Master student in Geospatial Information Science with a background in Geography and Regional Planning  

Lina will be working with personnel from Aarhus university to model air pollution over the city.

What will the BIG project contribute to?

The BIG project will put people at the heart of the urban planning process even more than has been achieved in the past. By using a people centered approach while appreciating the advances of technology, we should gain a deeper understanding of human-environment relationships. This can open new pathways to community development. I believe the project will unearth many answers and ask much more questions in the field of urban sustainability. This will trigger new research areas in the field.


P.G.C. Chrishan Fonseka, Master student in Geospatial Information Science

During 2020 Chrishan will work on validation of the map of trees, and for his thesis. 2021 he will work on inputs for iTree on the map of trees (e.g. species, diameter at chest height)


What will the BIG project contribute to?

– I believe that the BIG project will contribute to revealing the living structure of an environment identifying factors which makes it more living or less living. This will benefit a vast variety of disciplines which make changes to the natural and built environment such as geography, ecology, and hydrology and professions in architecture, landscape, urban and regional planning, civil engineering etc. This will ultimately lead to a sustainable lifestyle both physically and mentally positive for human begins.


Omar Nasef, BSc. Computer Science 

Omar will work with mobility network (walking paths, cycle lanes, and roads/space syntax), and walkability and cyclability maps in 2021.

What will the BIG project contribute to?

The big project will contribute to the development of Gävle city and make it more sustainable which in turn will increase the well-being of Gävle citizens in general.

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