Adrian Fisher


2003    PhD, Arid zone geomorphology, UNSW
1997    BSc (Honours class 1), Applied Physical Geography, UNSW

I specialise in remote sensing of the environment, using satellite imagery, airborne imagery, airborne lidar and field measurements. While my research has focused on mapping and monitoring vegetation structure in Australia, I have also developed methods for mapping clouds, shadows and surface water. I am a member of Earth Observation Australia and have previously worked for the Joint Remote Sensing Research Program at the University of Queensland, and Geoscience Australia. I also have long-standing interests in the geomorphology, geochronology and Quaternary environmental change in Australia’s desert landscapes, and am a member of the Australasian Quaternary Association.

Research Activities

My research is usually in collaboration with the Joint Remote Sensing Research Program using freely available data, such as Landsat Seasonal Fractional Cover, airborne lidar and field measurements. A YouTube video that includes a presentation of my research was recorded as an EOA Webinar. I focus on the following three main research areas:

1. Large area remote sensing
Using satellite imagery, airborne lidar and airborne imagery to map vegetation cover and surface water extents over large areas.

2. Measuring vegetation structure
Testing ways of measuring vegetation structure, and the relationships between structural attributes, using field methods and lidar data.

3. Environmental change
Using multi-temporal satellite imagery, airborne data and drone imagery to examine environmental change in Australia.

Journal articles
Fisher A; Mills C; Lyons M; Cornwell W; Letnic M, 2021, 'Remote sensing of trophic cascades: multi-temporal landsat imagery reveals vegetation change driven by the removal of an apex predator', Landscape Ecology,
Fisher A; Armston J; Goodwin N; Scarth P, 2020, 'Modelling canopy gap probability, foliage projective cover and crown projective cover from airborne lidar metrics in Australian forests and woodlands', Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 237, pp. 111520 - 111520,
Fisher A; Hesse PP, 2019, 'The response of vegetation cover and dune activity to rainfall, drought and fire observed by multitemporal satellite imagery', Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol. 44, pp. 2957 - 2967,
Melville B; Fisher A; Lucieer A, 2019, 'Ultra-high spatial resolution fractional vegetation cover from unmanned aerial multispectral imagery', International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, vol. 78, pp. 14 - 24,
Fisher AG; Scarth P; Armston A; Danaher T, 2018, 'Relating foliage and crown projective cover in Australian tree stands', Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, vol. 259, pp. 39 - 47,
Fisher AG; Danaher T; Gill T, 2017, 'Mapping trees in high resolution imagery across large areas using locally variable thresholds guided by medium resolution tree maps', International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, vol. 58, pp. 86 - 96,
Fisher AG; Day M; Gill T; Roff A; Danaher T; Flood N, 2016, 'Large-Area, High-Resolution Tree Cover Mapping with Multi-Temporal SPOT5 Imagery, New South Wales, Australia', Remote Sensing, vol. 8, pp. 515 - 515,
Dawson SK; Fisher AG; Lucas R; Hutchinson DK; Berney P; Keith D; Catford JA; Kingsford RT, 2016, 'Remote Sensing Measures Restoration Successes, but Canopy Heights Lag in Restoring Floodplain Vegetation', Remote Sensing, vol. 8, pp. 542 - 542,
Fisher A; Flood N; Danaher T, 2016, 'Comparing Landsat water index methods for automated water classification in eastern Australia', Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 175, pp. 167 - 182,
Fisher A; Fink D; Chappell J; Melville M, 2014, '26Al/10Be dating of an aeolian dust mantle soil in western New South Wales, Australia', Geomorphology, vol. 219, pp. 201 - 212,
Fisher A; Danaher T, 2013, 'A water index for SPOT5 HRG satellite imagery, New South Wales, Australia, determined by linear discriminant analysis', Remote Sensing, vol. 5, pp. 5907 - 5925,
Fisher A, 2013, 'Cloud and cloud-shadow detection in SPOT5 HRG imagery with automated morphological feature extraction', Remote Sensing, vol. 6, pp. 776 - 800,
Webster E; Kingsford RT; Lyons M; Brandis K; Fisher A, 2019, Tracking the Flow Water Pilot Technology Program Final Report
Conference Presentations
Fisher AG; Letnic M; Horn G, 2017, 'Long-term land management effects on rangeland vegetation cover in the Strzelecki Desert', presented at The 37th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, Pretoria, South Africa, 08 May 2017 - 12 May 2017
Lucas R; Lucieer A; Fisher A; Zhou Y; Hacker J; McGrath A, 2017, 'Outcomes of the Fowlers Gap unmanned airborne vehicle workshop (2016), NSW, Australia', presented at The 37th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, Pretoria, South Africa, 08 May 2017 - 12 May 2017
Fisher AG; Hesse P, 2014, 'Climate, vegetation and the stability of longitudinal dunes: insights from Landsat TM/ETM+ derived fractional cover', presented at Australasian Quaternary Association (AQUA) Biennial Meeting, Mildura, 29 June 2014 - 04 July 2014
Conference Papers
Fisher AG; Day M; Gill T; Danaher T; Roff A, 2015, 'Assessing a high-resolution woody vegetation map of New South Wales, Australia', in Silvilaser 2015, La Grande Motte, France, 28-30 September, Silvilaser 2015, La Grande Motte, France, presented at Silvilaser 2015, La Grande Motte, France, 28 September 2015 - 30 September 2015
Fisher AG, 1999, 'Silcretes of Fowlers Gap station, western NSW, and their effect on the geomorphology of the region', in Geodiversity: Readings in Australian Geography at the Close of the 20th Century, School of Geography and Oceanography, on behalf of the Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Canberra, presented at Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 1999, University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, 29 June 1998 - 03 July 1998
Theses / Dissertations
Fisher AG, 2003, The geomorphic evolution of Australian stony deserts: an application of in situ- produced cosmogenic radionuclide analysis at the Fowler`s Gap Aris Zone Research Station

BEES1041 Exploring the Natural World (Course Coordinator and Lecturer)
BEES2041 Data Analysis for Life and Earth Sciences (Lecturer)
GEOS2821 Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing (Lecturer)