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Munro-bagging in the digital age: exploring Munro’s Tables through maps and data

March 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Dr John Tullis of the University of Edinburgh combines two of his loves – data and hillwalking – in this free evening lecture. Learn how modern data analysis can shed new light on Hugh Munro’s tables of Scottish mountains over 3000 feet.

Delving into a fascinating range of Munro-related topics, and drawing on rich cartographic illustrations and animations certain to delight map-lovers, John will also demonstrate how imaginative use of geospatial data can provide answers to the following questions:

  • Where is the best place to live in Scotland for climbing Munros?
  • How does your postcode rank in terms of access to the Munros?
  • What are the implications of Hugh Munro choosing 3,000 feet as his cutoff? What if he’d used metres instead of feet? What is a foot anyway?
  • Which Munros are most accessible to the greatest number of people, and which are least accessible?
  • How many 3,000 foot contour lines are there, and which Munro is closely linked to the invention of contour lines?

The talk will last no longer than one hour, with additional time for questions at the end.

Speaker Background

Dr John Tullis is a data analyst at the University of Edinburgh where he specialises in distilling complex data into easy-to-understand tables, graphs and visualisations. He holds a first-class BSc in Geography from Durham University, along with an MSc and PhD in Geographical Information Science from the University of Nottingham. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, John worked at Experian UK as a geospatial marketing analyst, and at Forestry Commission Scotland where he mapped and analysed a detailed survey of Scotland’s native woodlands.

John is a gifted speaker and communicator: in 2019 he presented at data conferences, workshops and meetups in Edinburgh, London, France, and Canada.

John is also a passionate lover of Scotland’s hills, forests, lochs and wild places. He gained his Mountain Leader Award in 2018, and has been assessing Duke of Edinburgh’s expeditions in Scotland and England for over 20 years. He is also a keen landscape photographer – you can view some of his photos here


March 12
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Old College University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL