Dr Renée Bartolo – BSc (Hons), PhD, FSSSI

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Dr Renée Bartolo leads the ERISS Revegetation and Landscape Ecology program (formerly the Spatial Sciences and Data Integration program). She has a background in remote sensing of tropical wetlands (in particular the use of SAR data), development of spatial information systems for natural resource management and in more recent years, ecological risk assessment. As part of data collection for remote sensing applications, she has undertaken field work in wetlands of southern New Guinea’s lowlands and the coastal region of the Northern Territory. Renée has been involved in numerous resource assessments for northern Australia including: the Tropical Rivers Inventory and Assessment Project (TRIAP) - Sub project 2 of Australia’s Tropical Rivers: an integrated data assessment and analysis (Ecological risk assessments of Australia’s northern tropical rivers); the Northern Australia Waters Futures Assessments (NAWFA). Renee also collaborates with Kakadu National Park and is a member of the Kakadu Research Advisory Committee (KRAC). Renee’s current research focus is the use of drones for environmental monitoring in northern Australia and in particular for mine site rehabilitation and revegetation assessment. She is a Fellow of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute and has held a number of governance roles, serving on boards within the spatial profession and industry over the years.

Areas of expertise and research interests

Remote sensing; spatial analysis; tropical wetlands; ecological risk assessment; climate change impacts on tropical floodplains; and data integration using spatial technologies.

Current key projects

  • Development and implementation of a remote sensing framework for environmental monitoring in the ARR
  • Rehabilitation and closure ecological risk assessment for Ranger Uranium Mine
  • Determining the importance of ecological processes in the context of Ranger rehabilitation and closure ecological risk assessment
  • Monitoring of mine site rehabilitation in the Alligator Rivers Region using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
  • Monitoring turbidity of billabongs using a UAV

Key publications

Bartolo R, van Dam R & Bayliss P in press. Regional ecological risk assessment for Australia’s tropical rivers: Application of the Relative Risk Model . Human and Ecological Risk Assessment.

Bayliss P, van Dam R & Bartolo R in press. Quantitative ecological risk assessment of Magela Creek floodplain on Kakadu National Park: comparing point source risks from Ranger uranium mine to diffuse landscape-scale risks . Human and Ecological Risk Assessment.

Johansen K, Bartolo R & Phinn S 2010. Special Feature – Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis . Journal of Spatial Science 55, 3-7.

Bartolo R & Edwards A 2009. Building GIS Communities: An example from Northern Australia, IN GIS Applications for Sustainable Development and Good Governance in Eastern Indonesia and Timor Leste, Fisher R, Myers B, Sanam M & Tarus V (eds), Charles Darwin University Press, 248–258.

Collins J, Hutley L, Williams R, Boggs G, Bell D & Bartolo R 2009. Estimating landscape-scale vegetation carbon stocks using airborne multi-frequency polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) in the savannas of north Australia . International Journal of Remote Sensing 30(5), 1141–1159.

Bowe M, Stronach N & Bartolo R 2007. Grassland and Savanna Ecosystems of the Trans-Fly, Southern Papua, IN The Ecology of Papua Part Two, The Ecology of Indonesia Series, Volume VI, Marshall A & Beehler B (eds), Periplus, Singapore, 1054–1063.

Menges C, Bartolo R, Bell D & Hill G 2004. The effect of savanna fires on SAR backscatter in Northern Australia . International Journal Remote Sensing 25(22), 4857–4871.

Bartolo R & Hill G 2001. Remote sensing and GIS technologies as a decision-making tool for indigenous land management. A case study from northern Australia . Indigenous Knowledge and Development Monitor 9, 8–11.

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