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

Supervising Scientist research profiles


Dr Renée Bartolo leads the ERISS 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 was involved in the Tropical Rivers Inventory and Assessment Project (TRIAP) - Sub project 2 of Australia’s Tropical Rivers: an integrated data assessement and analysis (Ecological risk assessments of Australia’s northern tropical rivers). She is currently a Director on the Board of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute , of which she is a Fellow.

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
  • TRaCK Theme 4  (Material Budgets) flood mapping of the Daly River catchment (NT) and Mitchell River catchment (Qld) for the ‘catchment water budgets and water resource assessment ’ project
  • Assessment of Digital Elevation Data (DED) for the ARR
  • Bushtucker Spatial Information System
  • Development of a Spatial Information System for climate change analysis in the ARR
  • Conceptual models of  contaminant pathways for the operational phase of Ranger Uranium Mine

Summaries of current internal projects

Links to be provided

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.

SSD publications

More information about SSD publications is available online.

More information