I watched a BBC4 documentary on my TVDrive last night (Yes it is sort of working now – for everything but LOST !) a programme called “Journeys into the ring of Fire” which looked at how the physical environment of Japan had effected things like urban settlement patterns and even the Japanese national character… does this sound like Geography to you ? Well the presenter is a geologist and all of the above is actually according to the programme due to Geology.
OK maybe I am a little sensitive about this, but the programme coincided with an email i got from David Rayner who is running a campaign to improve the profile of Geography in the media called “Give Geography its
David does have a point I think, the GIS industry has worked hard to lose the Geography label coming up with terms like spatial and geospatial.. why ?
What is wrong with describing what we do as Geography ?
I’m on my way to the ESRI UC next week, and it good to see that they at least are still proud to be geographers, and what better call to action could a discipline want then the conference title “Geography Communicating Our World”