Dr Lars Brabyn

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

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About Lars

I completed my Ph.D. in 1996 at the University of Canterbury on the use of Geographical Information Systems  (GIS) for landscape classification, and started lecturing in GIS 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 GIS 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. This research has informed my teaching. The link below provides a summary of the GIS being taught at the University of Waikato.

Studying GIS at the University of Waikato (undergraduate and graduate)


Cartography; Computers and Education; Environmental Change; Geography

Geographical Information Systems;
Remote Sensing

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

Featured Publications

Forthcoming Publications

Recent Publications

  • Hanson, C. C., Brabyn, L., & Gurung, S. B. (2022). Diversity-accuracy assessment of multiple classifier systems for the land cover classification of the Khumbu region in the Himalayas. Journal of Mountain Science, 19(2), 365-387. doi:10.1007/s11629-021-7130-7

  • Nandasena, W. D. K. V., Brabyn, L., & Serrao-Neumann, S. (2021). Using Google Earth Engine to classify unique forest and agroforest classes using a mix of Sentinel 2a spectral data and topographical features: a Sri Lanka case study. Geocarto International, 1-16. doi:10.1080/10106049.2021.2022010

  • Brabyn, L., & Stichbury, G. (2020). Calculating the surface melt rate of Antarctic glaciers using satellite-derived temperatures and stream flows. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 192(7). doi:10.1007/s10661-020-08396-x

  • Martin, R., Ellis, J., Brabyn, L., & Campbell, M. (2020). Change-mapping of estuarine intertidal seagrass (Zostera muelleri) using multispectral imagery flown by remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) at Wharekawa Harbour, New Zealand. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 246. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2020.107046

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Papers Taught


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.

Associations and Memberships