Researcher

Dr Adrian George Fisher

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Field of Research (FoR)

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 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.
    - Separating the effects of drought and grazing on arid zone vegetation.
    - Combining drone and satellite imagery to monitor arid zone vegetation cover.
    - Improving tree cover maps using airborne lidar and multi-temporal Sentinel-2 satellite imagery.
    - Detecting surface water in Sentinel-2 satellite imagery.


Currently supervising

Sam Shumack (external co-supervisor)


My Teaching

BEES1041 Exploring the Natural World (Course Coordinator and Lecturer)
BEES2041 Data Analysis for Life and Earth Sciences (Lecturer)
GEOS1701 Environmental Systems, Processes and Issues (Lecturer)
GEOS2821 Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing (Lecturer)

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Location

Samuels Building (F25) Room G14A

Contact

+61-2-9385 3393