DR Tim Peterson

DR Tim Peterson

Positions

  • Geostatistics (mapping, statistics, water table, aquifer)
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrological resilience (hydrology, resilience, catchment modelling)

Overview

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  • Dr Tim Peterson has over 14 years experience in hydrological and hydrogeological research and consulting. He completed his Phd in 2009 on pioneering work on catchment resilience and multiple steady states (http://hdl.handle.net/11343/35439) and was subsequently awarded an Australian Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship to continue this research.

    More recently, he's been researching the use of statistics to identify catchments with multiple steady states. This research has also allowed considerably greater quantitative value to be derived from groundwater monitoring. Specifically, he's developed nonlinear groundwater time-series approaches for extrapolating and decomposing hydrographs and probabilistic geostatistical methods for mapping groundwater elevation. These tools have considerable practical outcomes and, in collaboration with himself, these tools have been utilised by The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (Vic.), Power and Water Corporation (N.T.), W.A. Water Corporation and the Bureau of Meteorology - with the latter adopting the mapping techniques for the National Water Accounts.

    In funding this research, Tim has been well supported by the following Australian Research Council Grants:

    • ARC Linkage Project 0991280. Western; Peterson; Frost; Cheng; McAuley : "A new paradigm for catchment management: detection, forecasting and management of water catchments with multiple steady states"
    • ARC Discovery Project 120100253. Western : "A new method for identifying groundwater contributions to stream baseflow". http://apps.eng.unimelb.edu.au/research-projects/index.php?r=site/webView&id=203
    • ARC Linkage Project 130100958. Western : "Automated groundwater level mapping: a tool for catchment scale estimation of aquifer storage changes, fluxes and hydrogeological properties".
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Affiliation

Member of

  • IAH. International Association of Hydrogeologists 2012 -
  • AGU. American Geophysical Union 2010 -
  • MSSANZ. The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand 2009 -

Publications

Selected publications

Research

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Additional Grant Information

  • 2009-2012: T. Peterson awarded an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Industry (APDI)

    2009-2012: A. Western, T. Peterson, A. Frost, X. Cheng and C. McCauley, University of Melbourne with Bureau of Meteorology (Aust), Dept of Primary Industries (Aust) and Dept of Sustainability and Environment (Vic), ARC Linkage Project, ARC funding $374K

    2016: T. Peterson, Victoria Government Technical Advisory Committee for Aquifer Property Estimation, $5k   

Awards

Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010
  • BEEnv, Monash University 2001
  • BSc, Monash University 1997

Awards and honors

  • Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Early Career Award, 2015
  • Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Industry (APDI), Australian Research Council (ARC) Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2009
  • eWater CRC PhD scholarship, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Melbourne, 2006

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Supervision

Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • Dr Tim Peterson has over 13 years experience in hydrological and hydrogeological research and consulting. He completed his Phd in 2009 on pioneering work on catchment resilience and multiple steady states (http://hdl.handle.net/11343/35439). More recently he's been researching the use of statistics to identify catchments with multiple steady states and catchments dynamics in a changing world. Tim has or is  supervising the following Phd students:
    • Dr. Vahid Shapoori: Statistical decomposition of groundwater hydrographs into climate and pumping impacts (completed 2015)
    • Ms. Emma White: Numerical evaluation of the effectiveness of groundwater management plans.
    • Mr. Sina Khatami: Quantifying equifinality in conceptual rainfall-runoff modelling.
    • Ms. Silwati Womera: Statistical estimation of flood recharge.
    For details of Tim's publications please see:
    • Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tim_Peterson7
    • Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=kkYJLF4AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao