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QUIZZES // What does a geographer do?

Q1. If we do an internet search for 'geographers', what kinds of images do we often see?

A set of colouring pencils

People looking at globes

Boots and extreme gear, signalling exploration, wildernesses unspoilt by humans, maps and geography fieldwork

Geography teachers

Q2. What sorts of geography careers will this lecture cover?

Careers that can be done outside

Careers that can be done from home, careers that can be done anywhere in the world, careers that can make a difference, that don't need a degree and that make use of transferrable skills.

Careers that involve maps

Careers that need a geography degree

Q3. What does the Disney film 'Zootopia' have to do with careers in geography?

Disney wanted the city in which it is set to look fantastic but believable and so employed people who could build this world using GIS technology.

Idris Elba, who voices Chief Bogo, has a degree in geography

The plot revolves around the migration from rural Bunnyburrow to urban Zootopia and discusses the push and pull factors involved in the migration.

A map of Zootopia exists that formed the blueprint for a New Town in the USA

Q4. What did free Wifi in the tube network allow Transport for London to do?

It allowed TfL to send messages to passengers as they were moving around the network

It allowed passengers to stream films onto their devices therefore making the passenger experience better

It allowed TfL to issue mobile tickets for passengers to scan on their phones

It allowed them to map how people were moving around the network so they could respond to people's behaviour and also use messaging to encourage them to behave in a particular way.

Q5. How did the Arizona state government tackle it's opioid drug problem?

They monitored the water system to track where and when people were excreting drugs when they went to the toilet.

They mapped drug transactions through the Wifi.

They used streetmap so police could patrol the streets to find out where the drug deals were taking place.

They created a choropleth map to show the numbers of people visiting opioid support clinics so that they could increase resources where they were needed.

Q6. How did Comic Relief use GIS to encourage people to donate more?

They mapped where different donations were coming from to understand the communities who were giving so that they could target the messaging.

They mapped all of the Comic Relief projects so that people could see what was being funded close to their homes.

They used data of how people had donated in the past to put more collectors on streets where people were more likely to donate.

They added a layer to a map to show average income and then asked people in the most affluent areas to donate.

Q7. How was GIS used to make lives better for the refugees in a refugee camp in Jordan?

GIS was used to track the number of refugees and how they moved around the camp.

GIS was used to map the different features of the camp.

GIS was used to take aerial photographs of the refugee camp to give a picture of what was going on from the air.

Geographers trained refugees living in the camp to use technology to map the services that were used.

Q8. Where can you find out more about careers with geography?

Careers Spotlights on the Geography Education Online website

Careers with GIS available on the Esri website

The Royal Geographical Society webpage 'Why you should study geography'

All of the above

Q9. What is a geomentor?

One of your friends who you study geography with.

It is a GIS computer programme.

It's a piece of equipment used by professional geographers.

It is a professional geographer working in the field of GIS who can connect with schools and talk about their work to students.

Q10. What has flying drones got to do with being a professional geographer?

The drone can capture data for GIS mapping from a different perspective.

It doesn't. Flying drones is a hobby.

Flying drones can interfere with aeroplanes and mean that people can't travel.

Flying drones can help to find missing people or escaped criminals by tracking them from the air.


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