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Dr Bertram Ostendorf
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My teaching goal is to increase awareness about the needs for spatial evidence in environmental decision making. Without us being able to understand how environmental conditions vary in space and time, decisions necessarily remain vague and subjective and hence open to criticism.
I coordinate three subjects related to spatial information generation and management: 'Spatial Information and Land Evaluation', 'GIS for Environmental Management', and 'GIS for Agricultural Sciences'. I contribute lectures and practicals to 'Remote Sensing' and 'Integrated Catchment Management'.
I have a strong interest in supervision of honours and postgraduate students with a large breadth of projects dealing with evidence based decision making for natural resources management.
Current and past research students:
Kelly Abron, Hayley Achurch, Joel Allen, Iffat Ara, Sefanit Araya, Max Barr, Paul Bierman, Tumi Bjornsson, Adrian Brown, Peter Buxton, Lydia Cape-Ducluzeau, Neil Carrick, Simon(Liang) Chen, Ken Clarke, Ben Conoley, Eleanor Dormontt, Anna Dutkiewicz, Thomas Ellis, Federico Gallopin, Alana Gretch, Min Le Hanh, David Hart, Matthew Hartley, Reza Jafari, Adam Kilpatrick, Leonie Lannigan, Erika Lawley, Valerie Lawley, Greg Lyle, Chris Malam, Serhiy Marchuk, Victoria Marshall, Sophie Martin, David Mitchell, Rowena Morris, Du Nguyen, Liberty Olds, Blair Pellegrino, Robert Prest, Ramesh Raja-Segaran, Andrew Robb, Richard Southgate, David Summers, Siska Syaranamual, Yuki Tunn, Beng Umali, Troy Willats.
My main research interest is in evidence based decision making for natural resources management. Clearly, decision making related to environmental issues is always spatial decision making and all environmental decision support systems are also spatial decision support systems.
I specialise in GIS, spatial simulation modelling and spatial decision support. My research relates do understanding causes of spatial heterogeneity of the environment and how we can use this knowledge to increase both economic production and the integrity of our environment (i.e. biodiversity, landscape capability, soil integrity and surface and ground water quality and economic return at different spatial and temporal scales).
Similar research methodologies can be applied to the terrestrial as well as the marine environment. Space is claimed from different interest groups for different purposes. But too often, ecological data is collected at inappropriate spatial or temporal scales and may not be too useful for the decision making process that requires using evidence towards implementing policies. This is where my research comes into play. I have led projects ranging from the management of fire in arid Australia to minimising environmental impact of fisheries. By consequently adopting a spatial viewpoint, I try to find solutions for environmental management that are based on evidence and hence reduce subjectivity. Not only does evidence based decision making imply a strong focus on spatial analysis, it is also implies interdisciplinary and my breadth of applications demonstrates the collaborative nature of my work. My career path has allowed me to work in the Alaskan Tundra, Californian Chaparral, in the Italian and Austrian Alps, in temperate and tropical forests (Germany and Northern Australia) and in arid lands (central Australia).
I have organised several conferences and conference sessions, including 'Spatially and temporally differentiated modelling of ecosystems Wallenfels, Germany, 1993 and Bolzano, Italy in 2007. I was session co-convener for 'Environmental Decision Support Systems' during the 2004 iEMSs international conference (published as a special issue in the Springer journal "Environmental Modelling and Software") and organised a session on 'Group decision and negotiation support in environmental management' during MODSIM05, Melbourne, 2005. As part of the ECOSUMMIT 2007 international conference in Beijing I organised one of the largest symposia with contributors from 6 countries under the theme 'Spatial information for a sustainable natural resources management'.
Ostendorf, B. 2013. Statistics for spatio-temporal data—a new frontier. Ecology, 94(3), 2013, pp. 765–766
Lawley, V., L. Parrott, M. Lewis, R. Sinclair, and B. Ostendorf. 2013. Self-organization and complex dynamics of regenerating vegetation in an arid ecosystem: 82 years of recovery after grazing. Journal of Arid Environments 88:156-164. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2012.08.014
Umali, B. P., D. P. Oliver, S. Forrester, D. J. Chittleborough, J. L. Hutson, R. S. Kookana, and B. Ostendorf. 2012a. The effect of terrain and management on the spatial variability of soil properties in an apple orchard. Catena 93:38-48. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2012.08.014
Umali, B. P., D. P. Oliver, B. Ostendorf, S. Forrester, D. J. Chittleborough, J. L. Hutson, and R. S. Kookana. 2012b. Spatial distribution of diuron sorption affinity as affected by soil, terrain and management practices in an intensively managed apple orchard. Journal of Hazardous Materials 217-218:398-405. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2012.03.050
Turner, D., B. Ostendorf, and M. Lewis. 2012. A comparison of NOAA-AVHRR fire data with three Landsat data sets in arid and semi-arid Australia. International Journal of Remote Sensing 33:2657-2682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2011.619207
Marshall, V.M. , Lewis, M.M., Ostendorf, B. (2012) Buffel grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) as an invader and threat to biodiversity in arid environments: A review. Journal of Arid Environments 78:1-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2011.11.005
Summers, D., M. Lewis, B. Ostendorf, and D. Chittleborough. 2011. Unmixing of soil types and estimation of soil exposure with simulated hyperspectral imagery. International Journal of Remote Sensing 32:6507-6526. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2009.05.001
Turner, D., Ostendorf, B. and M. Lewis (2011). A comparison of NOAA–AVHRR fire data with three Landsat data sets in arid and semi-arid Australia. International Journal of Remote Sensing 33(9):2657-2682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2011.619207
Lawley, E.F, Lewis, M.M. and B. Ostendorf (2011). Environmental zonation across the Australian arid region based on long-term vegetation dynamics. Journal of Arid Environments 75: 576-585. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2011.01.003
Bierman, P., M. Lewis, B. Ostendorf and J. Tanner (2011). A review of methods for analysing spatial and temporal patterns in coastal Water quality. Ecological Indicators 11: 103-114. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2009.11.001
Clarke, K., M. Lewis and B. Ostendorf (2011). Additive partitioning of rarefaction curves: Removing the influence of sampling on species-diversity in vegetation surveys. Ecological Indicators 11: 132-139. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2010.07.002
Clarke, K. D., M. Lewis, R. Brandle and B. Ostendorf (2012). Non-detection errors in a survey of persistent, highly-detectable vegetation species. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10661-011-1991-0
Kilpatrick, A. D., S. C. Warren-Smith, J. L. Read, M. M. Lewis and B. Ostendorf (2011). Cross-fence comparisons: Theory for spatially comprehensive, controlled variable assessment of treatment effects in managed landscapes. Ecological Informatics 6: 170-176. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoinf.2010.10.001
Lyle, G. and B. Ostendorf (2011). A high resolution broad scale spatial indicator of grain growing profitability for natural resource planning. Ecological Indicators 11: 209-218. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2010.07.014
Ostendorf, B. (2011). Overview: Spatial information and indicators for sustainable management of natural resources. Ecological Indicators 11: 97-102. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2010.10.003
Summers, D., M. Lewis, B. Ostendorf and D. Chittleborough (2011). Visible near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy as a predictive indicator of soil properties. Ecological Indicators 11: 123-131. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2009.05.001
Turner, D., M. Lewis and B. Ostendorf (2011). Spatial indicators of fire risk in the arid and semi-arid zone of Australia. Ecological Indicators 11: 149-167. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2009.09.001
Dutkiewicz, A., M. Lewis and B. Ostendorf (2009). Evaluation and comparison of hyperspectral imagery for mapping surface symptoms of dryland salinity. International Journal of Remote Sensing 30: 693-719. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431160802392612
Ostendorf B., Baldock, P., Bruce, D., Burdett, M.
Bierman, P., M. Lewis, J. Tanner and B. Ostendorf 2008. Understanding phytoplankton variability throughout spencer gulf, South Australia, via satellite derived chlorophyll-A. - In, Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2008. IGARSS 2008. IEEE International, pp. IV902-IV905. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=4779869
Jafari, R., M. M. Lewis and B. Ostendorf (2008). An image-based diversity index for assessing land degradation in an arid environment in South Australia. Journal of Arid Environments 72: 1282-1293. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2008.02.011
Turner, D., B. Ostendorf and M. Lewis (2008). An introduction to patterns of fire in arid and semi-arid Australia, 1998-2004. Rangeland Journal 30: 95-107. http://www.publish.csiro.au/?paper=RJ07039
Crossman, N. D., B. A. Bryan, B. Ostendorf and S. Collins (2007). Systematic landscape restoration in the rural-urban fringe: Meeting conservation planning and policy goals. Biodiversity and Conservation 16: 3781-3802. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10531-007-9180-8
Jafari, R., M. M. Lewis and B. Ostendorf (2007). Evaluation of vegetation indices for assessing vegetation cover in southern arid lands in South Australia. Rangeland Journal 29: 39-49. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/rj06033
Prest, R, Daniell, T., Ostendorf, B. (2007) Using GIS to evaluate the impact of exclusion zones on the connection cost of wave energy to the electricity grid. Energy Policy. Volume 35 (9): 4516-4528 www.spatial.adelaide.edu.au/publications/Ostendorf035.pdf
Southgate, R.I., Paltridge, R., Masters, P. and Ostendorf, B. (2007). Modelling introduced predator and herbivore distribution in the Tanami Desert, Australia. Journal of Arid Environments (68): 438-464. www.spatial.adelaide.edu.au/publications/Ostendorf034.pdf
Crossman, N.D., Perry, L.M., Bryan, B.A., and Ostendorf, B. (2007).CREDOS: A Conservation Reserve Evaluation and Design Optimisation System. Environmental Modelling & Software 22(4): 449-463 www.spatial.adelaide.edu.au/publications/Ostendorf033.pdf
Carrick, N.A., Ostendorf B. (2007) Development of a spatial Decision Support System (DSS) for the Spencer Gulf penaeid prawn fishery, South Australia. Environmental Modelling & Software 22 (2): 137-148 www.spatial.adelaide.edu.au/publications/Ostendorf032.pdf
Matthies, M., Guipponi, C. Ostendorf, B. (2007) Preface: Environmental decision support systems: Current issues, methods and tools. Environmental Modelling & Software 22 (2): 123-127 www.spatial.adelaide.edu.au/publications/Ostendorf031.pdf
Southgate, R.I., Allan, G. and Ostendorf, B. (2006). An examination of the Stafford Smith/ Morton ecological model: a case study in the Tanami Desert, Australia. The Rangeland Journal (28) 197-210. www.spatial.adelaide.edu.au/publications/Ostendorf030.pdf
Gallopin, F.;Lewis, M.;Ostendorf, B. (2006) Use of CASI-2 hyperspectral imagery for evaluation of vineyard variability and prediction of yield. Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower and Winemaker (507) 19-24,
Crossman, N.D., B. Ostendorf, B.A. Bryan, A. Nefiodovas and A. Wright (2005). OSS: A Spatial Decision Support System for Optimal Zoning of Marine Protected Areas. In Zerger, A. and Argent, R.M. (eds.) MODSIM 2005 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, December 2005, pp. 1525-1531. ISBN: 0-9758400-2-9. http://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim05/papers/crossman.pdf
Lyle.G and B. Ostendorf (2005) Drivers and Determinants of Natural Resource Management Adoption at the Farm Scale. International Congress on Modelling and Simulation Proceedings. In Zerger, A. and Argent, R.M. (eds) MODSIM 2005 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, December 2005, pp. 1553-1559. ISBN: 0-9758400-2-9. http://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim05/papers/lyle.pdf
Bryan, B.A., Perry, L.M., Gerner, D., Ostendorf, B. and Crossman, N.D. (2004). An Interactive Spatial Optimisation Tool for Systematic Landscape Restoration. Pages 680-685 in Pahl-Wostl, C., Schmidt, S., Rizzoli, A.E. and Jakeman, A.J. (eds), Complexity and Integrated Resources Management, Transactions of the 2nd Biennial Meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, iEMSs: Manno, Switzerland, 2004. ISBN 88-900787-1-5
Ostendorf, B., Bradford, M.G. and Hilbert, D.W. (2004). Regional Analysis of forest biomass at the rainforest/sclerophyll boundary in northern Queensland, Australia. Tropical Ecology 45(1): 31-41.
Ostendorf, B. and N. Carrick (2004). A spatial DSS for South Australia's Prawn Fisheries. Using Historic Knowledge Towards Environmental and Economical Sustainability. Pages 574-579 in Pahl-Wostl, C., Schmidt, S., Rizzoli, A.E. and Jakeman, A.J. (eds), Complexity and Integrated Resources Management, Transactions of the 2nd Biennial Meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, iEMSs: Manno, Switzerland, 2004. ISBN 88-900787-1-5
Bjornsson, K. T., Ostendorf, B. and Recknagel, F. (2003). Using wetland nutrient modelling to estimate River Murray and floodplain wetland water exchange. International Congress on Modelling and Simulation Proceedings. The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australian And New Zealand Inc., Canberra.
Ostendorf, B., Hilbert, D.W and Hopkins, M.S. (2001). The effect of climate change on tropical rainforest vegetation pattern. Ecological Modelling 145: 211-224. www.spatial.adelaide.edu.au/publications/Ostendorf022.pdf
Hilbert, D.W., Ostendorf, B and Hopkins, M.S. (2001) Sensitivity of tropical forests to climate change in the humid tropics of north Queensland. Austral Ecology 26: 590-60. http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1442-9993.2001.01137.x
Hilbert, D.W. and Ostendorf, B. (2001) The utility of empirical, artificial neural network approaches for modelling the distribution of regional to global vegetation in past, present and future climates Ecological Modelling 146: 311-327. www.spatial.adelaide.edu.au/publications/Ostendorf020.pdf
Ostendorf, B., Hilbert, D.W., Köstner, B., Tappeiner, U. and Tasser, E. (2001) The importance of understanding spatial patterns for scaling up plot-level matter and energy fluxes to regional scales. Systems Analysis Modelling Simulation 41: 391-407.
Tappeiner, U., Tappeiner, G., Aschenwald, J., Tasser, E., and Ostendorf, B. (2001). GIS-based modelling of spatial pattern of snow cover duration in an alpine area. Ecological Modelling 138 (1-3): 265-275. www.spatial.adelaide.edu.au/publications/Ostendorf018.pdf
Lischeid, G., Alewell, C., Bittersohl, J., Göttlein, A., Jungnickel, C., Lange, H., Manderscheid, B., Moritz, K., Ostendorf, B. and Sager, H. (1998). Investigating soil and groundwater quality at different scales in a forested catchment: the Waldstein case study. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 50: 109-118.
Ostendorf, B. and Reynolds, J.F. (1998). A model of arctic tundra vegetation derived from topographic gradients. Landscape Ecology 13: 187-201. www.spatial.adelaide.edu.au/publications/Ostendorf016.pdf
Quinn, P.F., Ostendorf, B., Beven, K. and Tenhunen, J. (1998). Spatial and temporal predictions of soil moisture patterns and evaporative losses using TOPMODEL and the GAS-FLUX model for an Alaskan catchment. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 2 (1): 51-64.
Tasser, E., Tappeiner, U., Mulser, J., Tappeiner, G., Mayr, V. and Ostendorf, B. (1998). Kausalanalyse von Vegetationsveränderungen im Gebirge in Abhängigkeit von Landnutzung und Standortfaktoren. Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie 28: 107-115.
Ostendorf, B. and Manderscheid, B. (1997). Modeling spatial hydrological pattern and processes in a spruce forest catchment. A two-level cascading modification of TOPMODEL to increase the realism of spatio-temporal processes. Pages 149-160 in Beven, K.J. (ed.). Distributed hydrological modelling. Applications of the TOPMODEL concept. Advances in Hydrological Processes. John Wiley and Sons, West Sussex.
Ostendorf, B. and Manderscheid, B. (1997). Modeling spatial hydrological pattern and processes in a spruce forest catchment. Hydrological Processes 11: 1231-1242.
Leadley, P., Li, H., Ostendorf, B., Reynolds, J.F. (1996). Road-Related Disturbances in an Arctic Watershed: Analyses by a Spatially Explicit Model of Vegetation and Ecosystem Processes. Pages 387-415 in Reynolds, J.F. and Tenhunen, J.D. (eds.). Landscape function and disturbance in arctic tundra. Ecological Studies Series 120, Springer Verlag, Berlin.
Ostendorf, B. (1996). The influence of hydrological processes on spatial and temporal pattern of CO2 soil efflux from an arctic tundra catchment. Arctic and Alpine Research 28(3): 316-325.
Ostendorf, B., Quinn, P., Beven, K. and Tenhunen, J.D. (1996). Hydrological Controls on Ecosystem Gas Exchange in an Arctic Landscape. Pages 369-386 in Reynolds, J.F. and Tenhunen, J.D. (eds.). Landscape function and disturbance in arctic tundra. Ecological Studies Series 120, Springer Verlag, Berlin.
Oberbauer, S., Cheng, W., Gillespie, C., Ostendorf, B., Sala, A., Gebauer, R., Virginia, R. and Tenhunen, J.D. (1996). Landscape Patterns of CO2 Exchange in Tundra Ecosystems. Pages 223-256 in Reynolds, J.F. and Tenhunen, J.D. (eds.). Landscape function and disturbance in arctic tundra. Ecological Studies Series 120, Springer Verlag, Berlin.
Quinn, P.F., Ostendorf, B. and Tenhunen, J.D. (1996). Spatial and temporal variability and its functional representation. Aspects of Applied Ecology 46: 195-202.
Reynolds, J.F., Tenhunen, J.D., Leadley, P., Li, H., Moorhead, D., Ostendorf, B. and Chapin, F.S.III. (1996). Patch and Landscape Models of Arctic Tundra: Potentials and Limitations. Pages 293-324 in Reynolds, J.F. and Tenhunen, J.D. (eds.). Landscape function and disturbance in arctic tundra. Ecological Studies Series 120, Springer Verlag, Berlin.
Ostendorf, B. and Reynolds, J.F. (1993). Relationships between a terrain-based hydrologic model and patch-scale vegetation pattern in an arctic tundra landscape. Landscape Ecology 8(4): 229-237. www.spatial.adelaide.edu.au/publications/Ostendorf005.pdf
Everett, K. R. and Ostendorf, B. (1988). Hydrology and Geochemistry of a Small Drainage Basin in Upland Tundra, Northern Alaska. Proc. V. Int. Conf. Permafrost, Trondheim, Norway. Vol. 1: 574-579.
Lieth, H. und Ostendorf, B. (1986). Die jährliche Günlandproduktivität in Schleswig-Hollstein zwischen 1878 und 1983 und deren Abhängigkeit von Umweltparametern. Veröff. der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft zu Emden 6:59-73.
Lieth, H., Klein, G. and Ostendorf, B. (1985). Modelling of net primary productivity in mountains exemplified on two profiles across the Himalayas. International Journal of Environmental Sciences 11: 31-40.
Ostendorf, B., Lieth, H. and Lehker, H. (1981). KLIMAPLOT: A computer routine to plot climate diagrams. Veröff. Geobot. Inst. ETH Zürich: 149-17.
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