Researcher

Dr Adrian George Fisher

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience, Environmental Monitoring

Biography

I specialise in remote sensing of the environment, using satellite imagery, airborne imagery, airborne lidar and field measurements. While my research has focused on mapping and monitoring vegetation structure in Australia, I have also developed methods for mapping clouds, shadows and surface water. I am a member of Earth Observation Australia and have previously worked for the Joint Remote Sensing Research Program at the University of...view more

I specialise in remote sensing of the environment, using satellite imagery, airborne imagery, airborne lidar and field measurements. While my research has focused on mapping and monitoring vegetation structure in Australia, I have also developed methods for mapping clouds, shadows and surface water. I am a member of Earth Observation Australia and have previously worked for the Joint Remote Sensing Research Program at the University of Queensland, and Geoscience Australia. I also have long-standing interests in the geomorphology, geochronology and Quaternary environmental change in Australia’s desert landscapes, and am a member of the Australasian Quaternary Association.


My Qualifications

2003    PhD, Arid zone geomorphology, UNSW
1997    BSc (Honours class 1), Applied Physical Geography, UNSW


My Research Activities

My research is usually in collaboration with the Joint Remote Sensing Research Program using freely available data, such as Landsat Seasonal Fractional Cover, airborne lidar and field measurements. A YouTube video that includes a presentation of my research was recorded as an EOA Webinar. I have made some 3D models using freely available data and software, which are available to view on github. I focus on the following three main research areas:

1. Large area remote sensing
Using satellite imagery, airborne lidar and airborne imagery to map vegetation cover and surface water extents over large areas.

2. Measuring vegetation structure
Testing ways of measuring vegetation structure, and the relationships between structural attributes, using field methods and lidar data.

3. Environmental change
Using multi-temporal satellite imagery, airborne data and drone imagery to examine environmental change in Australia.


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

I am happy to discuss any student research project ideas related to remote sensing, especially those on forests, woodlands and rangelands. Some specific topics are listed below, with more detail given on the BEES honours website.

  • Mapping long term changes in vegetation at Fowlers Gap.
  • Detecting surface water in Sentinel-2 satellite imagery.
  • Developing canopy height models from low pulse density airborne lidar.
  • Can tree heights be measured using ADS point clouds?
  • Modelling tree stand basal area from airborne lidar. 

Currently supervising

Andres Sutton (PhD co-supervisor with Professor Graciela Metternicht)
Xinyue Zhang (PhD co-supervisor with Professor Jason Evans)
Matt Smith (MPhil co-supervisor with Dr Keith Leggett and Professor Mike Letnic)


My Teaching

BEES1041 Exploring the Natural World (Course Coordinator and Lecturer)
GEOS1701 Environmental Systems, Processes & Issues (Lecturer)
BEES2041 Data Analysis for Life and Earth Sciences (Lecturer)
GEOS2821 Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing (Lecturer)
GEOS3811 Advanced Techniques in Remote Sensing (This course is on hold and not offered at this time)

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Location

Samuels Building (F25) Room G14C

Contact

+61-2-9385 3393