Dr Lars Brabyn

Geospatial Scientist

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) BA (Hons) PhD Canterbury

Research Interests

Innovative applications of GIS; classifying visual landscape character; the use of GIS for biodiversity mapping and modelling; understanding population change; NZ atlas of population change; remote sensing of vegetation and water quality; the use of drones for detailed mapping and monitoring.

Link to Landscape Classification research

Link to NZ Atlas of Population Change


Cartography; Computers and Education; Environmental Change; Geography

Geographical Information Systems; Remote Sensing

Recent Publications

  • Olivia, S., Boe-Gibson, G., Stitchbury, G., Brabyn, L., & Gibson, J. (2018). Urban land expansion in Indonesia 1992-2012: Evidence from satellite-detected luminosity. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 62(3), 438-456. doi:10.1111/1467-8489.12258

  • 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

  • Mason, N. W. H., Palmer, D. J., Vetrova, V., Brabyn, L., Paul, T., Willemse, P., & Peltzer, D. A. (2017). Accentuating the positive while eliminating the negative of alien tree invasions: a multiple ecosystem services approach to prioritising control efforts. Biological Invasions, 19(4), 1181-1195. doi:10.1007/s10530-016-1307-y

  • 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. Open Access version:

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Contact Details

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Brabyn, Dr Lars 9170 larsb I.2.13 Geography Programme

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