Dr Marinoni studied geology at the Universities of Mainz and the Berlin University of Technology in Germany where he specialized in engineering geology and graduated in 1994. He then joined the department of Engineering Geology at the TU Berlin as research associate.

In 2000, he was awarded a doctoral degree of natural sciences (passed with distinction) for his geostatistical research in the central area of Berlin. Before he came to Australia, Dr Marinoni was principal research associate with the department of Geohazards and Georesources at the Darmstadt University of Technology. During this time he specialised in the conceptualisation and development of spatial decision support tools, multi-criteria analysis, GIS, 3D visualisation of geological structures using GOCAD and hazard assessment, particularly sinkhole development.

Oswald joined the CSIRO in 2006. Since then, he has worked on spatial optimisation problems in urban planning and on portfolios of environmental investments. In the agriculture domain, he headed the development of the first of its kind system that produces a map of agricultural profit for Australia. He analysed the efficiency of agricultural production systems in the northern grains region using econometric efficiency frontier analysis and developed a system to estimate the impacts of coal seam gas (CSG) activity on agricultural returns in the Surat Basin (Queensland). His most recent work is related to urban forestry and the mitigation of urban heat island effects and involves a spatially explicit model that directs new tree plantings such that the temperature reduction caused by trees is maximised.

Oswald's spatial decision support tools (platform: ArcGIS) have a global user community exceeding 13,000 users. While the tools are no longer available for ArcGIS 9.x the 10.x versions are available here. He also developed the Multi-Criteria Analysis Tool (MCAT) which allows for a transparent selection of a set of investment decision options using multi-criteria analysis. MCAT has been successfully applied in numerous investment decision problems across Australia. The most recent tool to visualise pollutant abatement cost curves is ABATE which is available here.


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