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Dr

Tim Peterson

Honorary
Infrastructure Engineering
resilience
mapping
hydrology
groundwater management
surface-groundwater interaction
statistics
water table
aquifer
catchment modelling
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Dr

Tim Peterson

 
Division
Engineering
 
Primary Interest
Hydrogeology
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Dr

Tim Peterson

 

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
To access my open source resource tools please see:
  • 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

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 42 most recent scholarly works by Tim Peterson.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2015

Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Early Career Award

2009

Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Industry (APDI)

Australian Research Council (ARC) Post-doctoral Fellowship

2006

eWater CRC PhD scholarship

Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Melbourne

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Honorary

Infrastructure Engineering

International Association Of Hydrogeologists

IAH

American Geophysical Union

AGU

The Modelling And Simulation Society Of Australia And New Zealand

MSSANZ

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Hons)

Monash University

Bachelor of Science (Mathamatics)

Monash University