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Discussion: Masters Research Survey

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Jul 6, 2016 1:05 PM # 

I'm an Irish orienteer and student researching to complete my Masters in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing. As part of the research i am trying to gather data on running speeds for a routechoice optimisation program. If you have 5 minutes to spare and could take this survey i would very much appreciate it.


Jul 7, 2016 10:28 AM # 
Just completed the survey but had to guess on the last few questions. I suspect the Marshy/swampy ground question answers will vary wildly because of the wildly varying nature of marshes around the world...

Cool to see this as a Masters project though!
Jul 7, 2016 10:38 AM # 
Thanks Canadian (although looks like your data hasn't come through for some reason?!). I thought it would too but many Elite answers fell within the same 15 sec window which is interesting!

Hoping to get a wide spread of results and see if this will work, more data the better. If it does then obviously there's potential to try expand it to every terrain type. Ill also be making calculations to account for a climbing or descending component and the impact these have on the best route.
Jul 7, 2016 12:24 PM # 
Terje Mathisen:
Last weekend I ran a race in the JWOC 2015 terrain, up there the marshes can be the fastest of all route choices if it is in a dry year, this year they were a bit wet but still mostly as fast as white forest.

OTOH I have also run Tiomila night legs in early spring, with snow on top of breakable icy crust on very wet marshes, at which point you try to avoid them like the plague. :-(

You should be able to do quite a bit of your research using 2drerun gps data, setting up artificial check points on the boundaries between different terrain types and then directly measure elite running speed.
Jul 9, 2016 4:40 PM # 
Ya naturally there would be a variability based on amount of water in the marsh, vegetation covering it, time of year, but initially I'm just curious so I can get a figure to run through the program for testing so estimates are not a bad place to start

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