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Dr Glenn Newnham

Principal Research Scientist and Group Leader


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Glenn Newnham is a remote sensing scientists at CSIRO Environment and Group Leader for Landscapes and Ecology. Glenn has worked with ground, airborne and satellite based data and technologies to assess landscape characteristics and processes, particularly land cover, vegetation structure and function. His expertise extend across sensor physics, spatial data and modelling, particularly as they apply to vegetation structure measurement, monitoring and mapping. Glenn was a key contributor to early adoption of airborne laser scanning for vegetation assessment in Australia, and the development of the first dedicated ground based vegetation laser scanning systems (Echidna). Over the past decade Glenn has worked closely with the bushfire research community and directly with state agencies in Australia and New Zealand to develop remote sensing data driven information systems to help understand fire hazard and management at local to global scales. He has led the development of mapping methodologies for the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) ThinkHazard wildfire hazard identification system and the development of the land cover change methodology used for reporting against SDG 15.3 by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004

    Ph.D. Applied Physics
    Curtin University

  • 2000

    M.E.S Geography
    University of Waterloo

  • 1998

    B.App.Sc Geomatics (Hons. 1)
    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Professional Experiences

  • 2017-present

    Principal Research Scientist
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2011-2017

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2005-2011

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products

  • 2002-2005

    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
    CSIRO Atmospheric Research