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Published: 2022-06-22 Updated: 2023-05-15, 09:22

Geovisualization of Polar Tourism and Climate Change Research

NEWS At two occations Cenk Demiroglu, Associate professor at Department of Geography, has been granted funding from The Arctic Centre's strategic funds to launch a visual "geobibliography" over spatial research and present this work at an international conference.

Tourism in the polar regions is a trending activity, and sometimes regarded as a critical development tool. Its relation to climate change, from both vulnerability and sustainability perspectives, makes this phenomenon an even more interesting topic to be studied.

A digital map that presents patterns in spatial research

Since 2020, Arctic Centre researcher Cenk Demiroglu from the Department of Geography has been involved with developing what he calls a “geobibliography” – an interactive web mapping application where the users can view spatial research clusters according to different tourism types and climatic aspects.

With the support of the Arctic Centre at Umeå University in 2020, Cenk, together with C. Michael Hall, launched the first version of this platform as a Google Map, explained in an article that also included advanced GIS analyses, for instance to reveal the spatial clusters and temporal trends of this specific literature.

Refined app to be released by the end of 2022

In 2021, Cenk extended his author team to be as inclusive as possible to cover all the polar regions and initiated an update of the review and an upgrade of the geobibliography app.

In 2022, he again got the support of Arctic Centre to attend the Seventh International Polar Tourism Research Network Conference in the Antarctic gateway of Ushuaia in Argentina, where he had his chance to present their latest research on the topic, and the refinements on the app, which now uses the ArcGIS Online infrastructure for a more sophisticated user experience.

The final version of the app is expected to be launched with an accompanying scientific article by the end of 2022.  

Cenk Demiroglu
Associate professor