Geomatics and Sedimentology, PhD
I am a researcher with 8 years of experience working on the interface been geomatics and sedimentology to understand the changing natural environment due to climate change, sea-level rise and the Anthropocene.
I use applied data analytics in three key areas: (i) to understand the spatial and temporal evolution of sedimentary systems in the Anthropocene, (ii) to predict the impact of a changing environment on ecosystems, and (iii) to inform policy makers and decision makers on the consequences and impacts of a changing physical environment.
This website contains a few of my research interests, datasets that I have collected over the years and geometric tools i have developed for geospatial analyses. Please use one of the links below to navigate through the information.
Have questions about the plugins or GIS and remote sensing tools in general? Please do not hesitate to contact for a consultation regarding:
GIS and Remote Sensing
Open Source Solutions
Sedimentology and Geomatics
specialised geomatic tools
To address challenges in todays society require specialised geospatial tools to answer the questions. The geometric attributes and NetworkGT plugins are purpose built GIS tools designed to increase efficiency in analysing geospatial information on a quantitative scale.
Geometric Attributes - Spatial analytical tools designed specifically to characterize the length, width and adjacency of objects to one another for river morphology, ecological analysis and much more.
NetworkGT - Creating specialised tools to characterize the geometry and topology of fracture networks for improved geothermal, water aquifer and CO2 storage assessment.
How are sedimentary systems changing in the Anthropocene?
Nearly 90% of the worlds population live within 10km of a river including one third residing on an active sedimentary system. Understanding the changing morphology of sedimentary systems in the Anthropocene is crucial to protect livelihoods, ecosystems and its biodiversity.
For planners and policy makers to make informed decisions will require global based analyses to predict and protect the most vunerable communities and ecosystems to naturally changing and Anthropogenically modified sedimentary systems.
Publications and links:
How is plastic stored in the natural environment?
360 million tonnes of plastic are created ever year and an estimated 5 million tonnes of mismanaged plastic waste enters our oceans.
In light of anthropocene, climate change and foreseeable sea-level rise, how will sediments and plastics be deposited in the natural environment? These are ongoing questions and challanges that need to be addressed to protect ecosystems, human livelihoods and economy.
Publications and links
Harris et al. (submitted)
Nyberg et al., (in prep)
Sedimentation and plastics
How are changing sedimentary environments impacting ecosystems?
Coastal ecoystems are sensitive regions to changes in temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, phosphate, and silicate. Human exploitation and modification of the natural river system change the salinity, water turbidity and morphology of coasts influenceing the ecosystem health.
Mapping the global change in the morphology of coasts and coastal ecosystems will be crucial to protect the most vunerable regions.
Publications and links
How can technology engage and motivate the next generation?
Technology in the sciences is advancing at an ever increasing rate introducing new and exciting avenues of research to explore the natural world. At the same time, it is changing our teaching environment from traditional classroom based lectures to student-centred active learning approaches. However, best practices and methods in teaching, utilizing and engaging students using technology is not well established.
Improving the implementation of new and innovative methods to communicate and disseminate the complex challanges we face in the 21st century will be vital to motivate the next generation of students, the wider public and policy makers.
Technology and education
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