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Mr Tom Owton

Mr Tom Owton

Mr Tom Owton

Area of research

Mapping Social Vulnerability Using Deep Learning

University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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My PhD involves the mappnig of social vulnerability to natural hazards in low income countries. This most notably involves the use of measuring the brightness of parts of places from space and testing the assumption that places which have a higher "brightness per person" will be more reslient to natural disasters. My research also features other datasets involves Volunteered Geographical Information sources such as OpenStreetMap to help in gauging risk to certain places.


My PhD involves the mappnig of social vulnerability to flooding in urban environments using Deep Learning using the Python library Tensorflow. Deep Learning is a relatively new form of analysis. Here I plan to use Deep Learning to recognise variables associated with Social Vulnerability using brightness at night, satellite imagery and digital elevation data, with these being trained on data from household surveys.


I am currently a demonstrator for the Spatial Modelling 3 Unit.

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