I have over 17 years experience in hydrological and hydrogeological research and consulting. My research focus is on detecting long-term change in catchment hydrological processes and drivers early enough so that society can be taken action.
Central to this is understanding when and where catchments do and do not recovery from disturbances, such as droughts or land cover change. All of my research is focused on social-outcomes and I strive to place my research within Pasteur's quadrant (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasteur%27s_quadrant)
I completed my 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, I've 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, I've 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, they've been adopted by The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (Vic. ), Power and Water Corporation (N.T.) and the Bureau of Meteorology - with the latter adopting the mapping techniques for the National Water Accounts.
I have or are supervising the following Phd students:
- Dr. Vahid Shapoori: Statistical decomposition of groundwater hydrographs into climate and pumping impacts. (completed)
- 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.
- Mr Giancarlo Bonotto: Surface-groundwater modelling for better management of groundwater dependent ecosystems.
For details of my 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
- HydroSight - A toolbox for data-driven hydrogeological insights at http://peterson-tim-j.github.io/HydroSight/
- Catchment Resilience Model - A semi-distributed hydrological model containing positive feedbacks which includes tools for understanding hydrological resilience https://github.com/peterson-tim-j/Catchment_Resilience_Model
- AWAPer - An R-package for catchment weighted daily precipitation, PET anywhere within Australia https://github.com/peterson-tim-j/AWAPer
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AWAPer: An R package for area weighted catchment daily meteorological data anywhere within..
Equifinality and Flux Mapping: A New Approach to Model Evaluation and Process Representati..
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Many Commonly Used Rainfall‐Runoff Models Lack Long, Slow Dynamics: Implications for Runoff Projections
Keirnan Fowler, Wouter Knoben, Murray Peel, Tim Peterson, Dongryeol Ryu, Margarita Saft, Ki‐Weon Seo, Andrew Western
Journal article | 2020 | Water Resources Research
Evidence suggests that catchment state variables such as groundwater can exhibit multiyear trends. This means that their state may..
AWAPer: An R package for area weighted catchment daily meteorological data anywhere within Australia
Tim J Peterson, Conrad Wasko, Margarita Saft, Murray C Peel
Journal article | 2020 | Hydrological Processes
Meteorological time‐series data are a fundamental input to hydrological investigations. But sourcing data is often laborious and p..
Do groundwater management plans work? Modelling the effectiveness of groundwater management scenarios
EK White, J Costelloe, TJ Peterson, AW Western, E Carrara
Journal article | 2019 | Hydrogeology Journal
In contrast to management optimisation methods, which quantify decision variables to create plans, this study does not seek the “b..
Global optimisation of chiller sequencing and load balancing using Shuffled Complex Evolution
I Stewart, L Aye, T Peterson
Conference Proceedings | 2017 | AIRAH and IBPSA’s Australasian Building Simulation 2017 Conference
A new model has been developed to optimise the sequencing and load balancing of chillers in the central plants of commercial build..
Novel indicator geostatistics for water table mapping that incorporate elevation, land use, stream network and physical constraints to provide probabilistic estimation of heads and fluxes
TJ Peterson, X Cheng, AW Western, L Siriwardena, SR Wealands
Conference Proceedings | 2011 | Proc 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Industry (APDI)
eWater CRC PhD scholarship
International Association Of Hydrogeologists
American Geophysical Union
The Modelling And Simulation Society Of Australia And New Zealand
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Hons)
Bachelor of Science (Mathamatics)