Dr David Lemon

Group Leader

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David joined CSIRO in 2005 to take leadership of a spatial analysis research group within the, then, Land and Water Division as well as to lead the design and development of the information infrastructure components of CSIRO's Water Resources Observation Network (WRON) initiative. He now leads the Environmental Informatics Group within the Land and Water Business Unit.

David's research interests focus broadly on the nature of data (especially geospatial data) and data and information supply chains for the purposes of sharing data. To this, end he designs and leads projects aimed at creating new environmental information products, developing information models and systems for sharing environmental information as well as systems for managing environmental information.

Over his career he has contributed to many signficant envrionmental projects including the National Land and Water Resources Audit (2000-2003), the Murray Darling Basin Sustainable Yields Project, the Water Information Research and Development Alliance and the Bioregional Assesments program. David also helped create and led an international working group on water information standards under the auspices of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)

In his time at CSIRO, teams under David's leadership have:.

  • produced the first one-second Digital Elevation Model of Australia
  • developed the Water Data Transfer Format (WDTF) for exchange of water data for the Bureau of Meteorology
  • led the development of the international water information exchange standard: WaterML2.0 which has now been adopted by a number of countries around the world.
  • developed the model and methods that underpin the Australian Hydrological Geospatial Fabric (Geofabric), a specialised geographical information system that shows the links between important features of Australia’s water system
  • delivered new systems for discovering environmental information across multiple data catalogues
  • delivered the data management systems that underpinned the Bioregional Assessments program
  • introduced the concepts of social architecture to the environmental information infrastructure community in Australia
  • designed and developed the Australian Government's Location Index (Loc-I) data integration capability

Fields of Research

Current Roles

  • Group Leader
    Environmental Informatics

Academic Qualifications

  • 1997


  • 1991


Professional Experiences

  • 2000-2005

    Senior Project Manager
    Sinclair Knight Merz

Achievements and Awards

  • -2008

    Chairman's Medal

  • -2016

    Medal for Impact

Other highlights

  • 2009-2012

    Co-chair OGC/WMO Hydrology Domain Working Group

  • -2013

    Fellow of Peter Cullen Tust

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2020-Present

    Deputy Site Leader: Science (Black Mountain)