Dr Gina Cavan

Dr Gina Cavan

MSc Supervisor
Manchester Metropolitan University

Contact Details:

Tel: +44 (0) 161 247 1571
Email: g.cavan@mmu.ac.uk

Gina Cavan is Lecturer in GIS and Climate in the Division of Geography & Environmental Management, School of Science and the Environment at Manchester Metropolitan University. Gina’s research activities and interests focus on the application of Geographical Information Science in the following areas:


  • Characterising urban environments and assessing urban ecosystem services
  • Urban & applied climatology
  • Climate change risk, vulnerability and adaptation assessment in urban environments
  • Impacts of humans in sensitive environments - in particular - wildfire risk mapping & economic costing; footpath erosion modelling/management
  • Web-based GIS tools for climate change adaptation planning (e.g. www.ppgis.manchester.ac.uk/grabs and www.ppgis.manchester.ac.uk/ecocities)

Gina was previously at the University of Manchester, where she currently holds an Honorary Research Fellowship and undertakes research with colleagues at UoM relating to two funded projects: Climate Change and Urban Vulnerability in Africa (CLUVA, www.cluva.eu) and EcoCities (www.adaptingmanchester.co.uk)



Selected Publications

Aylen, J. Albertson, K. and Cavan, G.. (2014). The impact of weather and climate on tourist demand: the case of Chester Zoo, Climatic Change DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1261-6 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-014-1261-6

Kong, F. Yin, H. Wang, C. Cavan, G. and James, P. (2014). A Satellite Image-based Analysis of Factors Contributing to the Green-Space Cool Island Intensity on a City Scale. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. In press.

Carter, J.G. Cavan, G. Connelly, A. Guy, S. Handley, J. and Kazmierczak, A. (2014). Climate change and the city: Building capacity for Urban Adaptation. Progress in Planning DOI: 10.1016/j.progress.2013.08.001

Cavan, G. Butlin, T. Gill, S. Kingston, R. and Lindley, S. (2014). Web-GIS tools for climate change adaptation planning in cities. In Walter, L.F. (ed). Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation. Vol 4 Climate Change Adaptation Technologies. Springer Reference.

Jalayer, F. De Risi, R. Depaola, F. Giugni, M. Manfredi, G. Gasparini, P. Topa, M.E. Yonas, N. Yeshitela, K. Nebebe, A. Cavan, G. Lindley, S. Printz, A. & Renner, F. (2014) Probabilistic GIS-based method for delineation of flood-prone areas and identification of urban hotspots. Natural Hazards. DOI:10.1007/s11069-014-1119-2

Smith, C.L. Cavan, G. & Lindley, S. (2014). UCMap studies in UK: Greater Manchester in Urban Climate Mapping, Ng, E. & Ren, C. (Eds.). Earthscan of Taylor & Frances Group.

Cavan, G. Lindley, S.J. Jayeler, F. Yeshitela, K. Pauleit, S. Renner, F. Gill, S. Capuano, P. Nebebe, A. Woldegerima, T. Kibassa, D. and Shemdoe, R. (2014). Urban morphological determinants of temperature regulating ecosystem services in two African Cities. Ecological Indicators DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.01.025


Cavan, G. Lindley, S. et al. (2013). Urban morphological determinants of temperature regulating ecosystem services in African cities: The case of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 15, EGU2013-12086, 2013


Cavan, G. and Kingston, R. (2012). Development of a climate change risk and vulnerability assessment tool for urban areas. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment 3(3): 253-269. DOI: 10.1108/17595901211263648

Cavan, G. and Kazmierczak, A. (2011). Realising a green scenario: Sustainable urban design under a changing climate in Manchester, UK. In Hebbert, Jankovic and Webb (Eds.) CITY WEATHERS: Meteorology and urban design, 1950-2010, Manchester Architecture Research Centre: Manchester. 

Kazmierczak, A. and Cavan, G. (2011). Surface water flooding risk to urban communities: Analysis of vulnerability, hazard and exposure. Landscape and Urban Planning 103(2): 185-197. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.07.008 

Albertson, K. Aylen, J. Cavan, G. and McMorrow, J. (2010). Climate change and the future occurrence of moorland wildfires in the Peak District of the UK. Climate Research 45: 105-118. http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/cr/v45/p105-118/ 

Albertson, K. Aylen, J. Cavan, G. and McMorrow, J. (2009). Forecasting the outbreak of moorland wildfires in the English Peak District. Journal of Environmental Management 90(8): 2642-2651. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2009.02.011 

McEvoy, D. Cavan, G. Handley, J. McMorrow, J. and Lindley, S. (2008). Changes to climate and visitor behaviour: implications for vulnerable landscapes in the North West region of England Journal of Sustainable Tourism 16(2): 101-121. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2167/jost676.0