School of Geography
E004, Newman Building, UCD
2017 (6 February) till present: Permanent contract as Senior Technical Officer in the School of Geography, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland.
2015 (1 April) to 2017: Temporary contract as Senior Technical Officer in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy (GPEP), University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland.
Cartography and Geovisualization
Beside my job, I am actively involved in training students on GIS, providing guidance and mentoring students undertaking research on urban trees, green infrastructure and urban environment. I also train students for field data collection such as air quality sampling, urban tree inventory, ecosystem and habitat mapping, remote sensing image classification, GIS database creation and using drones to gather data.
I administer and manage several websites (Irish Geography online Journal, UCD School of Geography, UCD Urban Environment Research Group). I run short GIS training courses both for students and outsiders. I am involved in research projects in Ireland, Europe and internationally. I have been part of a research team on the EU Cost Action project (Cost FP1204 - Green Infrastructure) from 2013 till 2017. I represented Ireland as an expert on urban trees with two other colleagues. There were a number of significant outcomes including research papers, database creation on the common species of urban trees in Europe and a book (The Urban Forest - Cultivating Green Infrastructure for People and the Environment) published by Springer.
I am on the experts panel for HYPERCITY, a collaborative research project between three partner universities, Antewerp, Hasselt and Valencia University. The project aims to explore the potential of hyperspectral reflectance and chlorophyll fluorescence as an indicator for air quality, both at leaf and at canopy level. The tasks of the experts are to critically evaluate their progress every six months and provide report to the funding agency - BELSPO (Belgian Science Policy Office). The project will end at the end of 2019.
I created and administer a Facebook group on Study & Scholarship Opportunities since June 2015 and the membership stands at 60,800 and counting. A number students have benefited from this group and are currently studying abroad in different universities including Australia, China and Europe.
|Association: Irish Organization for Geographic Information - IRLOGI, Function/Role: Member|
|Association: Association of American Geographers - AAG, Function/Role: Member|
|Association: Washington Map Society - WMS, Function/Role: Member|
|Association: Geographical Society of Ireland, Function/Role: Member|
|Association: Papua New Guinea (PNG) Institute of Cartographers - PNGIC, Function/Role: Member|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Ferreira, S., Akay, A., Brereton, F., Cuñado, J., Martinsson,P., Moro, M. and Ningal, T. (2013) 'Life Satisfaction and Air Quality in Europe'. Ecological Economics, (88):1-10. [DOI] [Details]|
|Ningal, T., Mills, G. and Smithwick, P.; (2010) 'An inventory of trees in Dublin city centre'. Irish Geography, 43 (2):161-176. [DOI] [Details]|
|Beconyte, G., Govorov, M., Ningal, T. F., Parseliunas, E., Urbanas, S., ; (2008) 'Geographic information e-training initiatives for national spatial data infrastructures'. Technological and Economic Development of Economy, 14 (1):11-28. [Details]|
|Ningal, T., A .E. Hartemink & A. K. Bregt.; (2008) 'Land use Change and Population Growth in the Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea between 1975 and 2000'. Journal of Environmental Management, 87 (1):117-124. [DOI] [Details]|
|Ningal T; (2002) 'A Case Study of Transition from Mental Map to Web Based Mapping in Papua New Guinea for Cartographic Education'. The Portolan, (53):7-16. [Details]|
|Brereton, F, Ferreira, Moro, M and Ningal, T. et al. (2011) Life-satisfaction and the Environment: The Case of Europe Understanding European Diversity: Cross-National Analysis of Human Values, Attitudes and Behaviours Berlin, 8th-10th September 2011 [Details]|
|Brereton, F, Ferreira, S and Moro, M, Ningal, T et al. (2011) GIS Analysis, Mapping and Linking of Contextual Data to the European Social Survey Understanding European Diversity: Cross-National Analysis of Human Values, Attitudes and Behaviours Berlin, 8th-10th September 2011 [Details]|
|Ferreira, S., Akay, A., Brereton, F., Cuñado, J., Martinsson,P., Moro, M. and Ningal, T. (2012) Life Satisfaction and Air Quality in Europe 2nd International Conference on the European Social Survey, Cyprus [Details]|
|Ningal, T. & Mills, G; (2010) The Geography of Trees in Dublin City Centre 2010 American Association of Geographers conference Washington DC, , 14-SEP-10 - 18-SEP-10 [Details]|
|Ningal, T.; (2009) The role of Urban Forestry in Air Pollution Mitigation - A case study, Dublin City, Ireland 2009 American Association of Geographers conference Las Vegas, , 22-MAR-09 - 27-MAR-09 [Details]|
|Ningal, T.; (2008) A three-dimensional model of Dublin for modelling air quality Irish Geographers Conference , 09-MAY-08 - 11-MAY-08 [Details]|
|Ningal, T., A .E. Hartemink & A. K. Bregt.; (2007) Land Use Change and Population Growth in the Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea Between 1975 and 2000 Pacific Islands GIS/RS User Conference University of South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, , 04-DEC-07 - 07-DEC-07 , pp.117-124 [Details]|
|Ningal, T. & Govorov, M.; (2001) Transition of Spatial Communication in Papua New Guinea International Cartographic Conference ICC2001 Beijing, China, , 06-AUG-01 - 10-AUG-01 , pp.164-172 [Details]|
|Ningal, T. & Govorov, M.; (2000) Web Site Mapping for Cartographic Education in Papua New Guinea The role of Universities in the Developing World: Building New Futures Lae, Papua New Guinea, , 12-SEP-00 - 14-SEP-00 , pp.96-102 [Details]|
|Ningal, T. & Govorov, M.; (2000) Case Study of Transition from Mental Map to Web Based Mapping in Papua New Guinea for Cartographic Education Spatial Business Beyond 2000 Sydney, New Aouth Wales, Australia, , 03-DEC-00 - 06-DEC-00 [Details]|
|Ningal, T.; (2001) Evaluation of WebGIS Software: Architectures, Web-Design and Customizations. Enschede, The Netherlands: Dissertations/Theses [Details]|
My main research interest is on assessing the environmental roles of trees, particularly the ability of trees in sequestering carbon dioxide (CO2) in urban environments for air quality. In this context, the improvement of the broader urban environmental quality within the Inner City Dublin. An inventory was carried out in Dublin City Centre to gather data on trees within the Royal and Grand Canals. Over 10,000 trees were recorded from Remote Sensing satellite imageries using Geographic Information systems (GIS) technology and over 2,500 street trees were registered through fieldwork, where roadside trees were systematically documented and photographed. This is a novel approach towards creating a unique GIS database on Dublin's urban trees, which planners, policy makers, geographers, architects, researchers and other interested stakeholders can use to support their decisions or analyses.
|Teach Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related topics in Geography, Planning and Policy while continuing my research on assessing the role of urban trees as a biotechnology to improve quality of life and contribute towards the debate on global warming and climate change.|
Enhancement of Teaching
Review and Enhancement of Curriculum
| One approach I employed to enhance student learning, particularly in a topic such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), where a series of instructions are given to students is to create video examples and post them YouTube links. In that way, students can follow the instructions at their own pace and use the YouTube video examples to consolidate their knowledge and understanding of the various topics in GIS. Some of the links are shown below:
Developing as a Teacher
Innovation & Leadership
Extending the work of my PhD research on Dublin's trees. Recently (2013), we have carried out a number targeted surveys in St. Pius, Terenure area, Marino in Clontarf area and UCD in Belfield. These tree inventory surveys along the data of my PhD research over Dublin City, form a comprehensive data of Dublin to date. Discussion is underway with Dublin City Council and other local authorities (Fingal, South Dublin and DLR) to extend the work using a combination of tools and technologies such as Remote Sensing, GIS and fieldwork.
The above work links to other urban environmental projects carried out by Dr. Mills and partners in NUI Maynooth on measuring and assessing the CO2 fluxes and energy consumption in Dublin city and surrounding suburbs.