Mapping Britain’s Genetic History

I recently had a chance to read a very interesting article on the mapping of Britain’s genetic make up. Not only has the genetic composition of the region been surprisingly consistent, but many of the invasions in Britain’s history have had little genetic impact (eg. The Roman occupation for nearly 400 years, did not drastically change the genetic make-up of the region’s peoples).

This is a wonderful example of geomatics being applied to subjects not often researched by the field. If you’re interested, check out the full article here.


GIS and Crime Mapping

I recently read a article called Predicting Crime by Ruth Davenport, which discusses the use of mapping crime data to aid the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. According to the article, the use of spatial crime analysis has resulted in a noticeable decrease in crime because of the ability for GIS to help guide police forces to where they should likely be, based on previously collected data. It’s a great example of how GIS can aid any sector of society, and if you’re interested in reading it, I’ve included the article link below.