Dr Lars Brabyn
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) BA (Hons) PhD Canterbury
I completed my Ph.D. in 1996 at the University of Canterbury and started lecturing at the University of Waikato soon after. It is great to be part of the GIS and digital revolution that is transforming the way society operates. I like developing new applications of Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing and seeing how resources can be better managed through improved information management. Funding from Marsden, MBIE, FRST, DOC, MOH, and private industry have helped me develop a range of innovative GIS applications, which are highlighted below and in publications.
Cartography; Computers and Education; Environmental Change; Geography
Geographical Information Systems; Remote Sensing
Innovative applications of GIS; classifying visual landscape character; the use of GIS for biodiversity mapping and modelling; understanding population change; social atlas of population diversity; remote sensing of vegetation and water quality; the use of drones for detailed mapping and monitoring.
For further information on my landscape research refer to the following link:
Brabyn, L. (2017). Declining towns and rapidly growing cities in New Zealand: developing an empirically-based model that can inform policy. Policy Quarterly, 13(Supplementary), 37-46.
Pham, L. T. H., & Brabyn, L. (2017). Monitoring mangrove biomass change in Vietnam using SPOT images
and an object-based approach combined with machine learning
algorithms. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 128, 86-97. doi:10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2017.03.013
Jackson, N., & Brabyn, L. (2017). The mechanisms of subnational population growth and decline in New Zealand 1976-2013. Policy Quarterly, 13(Supplementary), 22-36.
Hull, G., Brabyn, L. K., Clearwater, M., & Adkins, M. (2016). Precision horticulture - Helping make better orchard management decisions. NZ Kiwifruit Journal, (March/April), 23-25.
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A highlight of my job is supervising Masters and PhD students. Past topics have included: impacts of tourism on forest cover in Nepal; "hotspots" of crime; planning solutions for integrating conflicting land-use values; remote sensing of wetlands and forests; predicting habitats; monitoring water quality using satellite images; and modelling wetness in Antarctica.