Professor Lalit Kumar

Professor, School of Environmental and Rural Science

Lalit Kumar

Phone: +61 2 6773 5239



  • 1998 Doctor of Philosophy (GIS/Remote Sensing), University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. Title: "Modelling forest resources using Geographical Information Systems and Hyperspectral Remote Sensing."
  • 1994 Master of Applied Science (Remote Sensing), University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. Title: "Artificial Neural Networks and their use in image analysis and classification of remotely sensed multispectral data: A Review."
  • 1992 Master of Science by Research (Environmental Physics), University of the South Pacific, Suva Fiji. Title: "Effects of aggregate size and water content on soil tensile strength and soil compaction."
  • 1990 Post-Graduate Diploma in Physics, University of the South Pacific, Suva Fiji.
  • 1989 Bachelor of Education, University of the South Pacific, Suva Fiji.
  • 1988 Bachelor of Science, University of the South Pacific, Suva Fiji.
  • 1981 Diploma in Science Education, University of the South Pacific, Suva Fiji.


  • Associate Editor – ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing
  • Academic Editor – PloS ONE

Teaching Areas

EM334/534 Introduction to GIS

EM432/532 Remote Sensing Image Analysis

EM433/533 Spatial Analysis and Modelling

Research Interests

My research expertise has a focus on the application of spatial technologies, satellite imagery and ground based GIS data layers for environmental modelling, and covers areas such as:

  • Climate change impacts on small island states in the Pacific and the Himalayan region
  • Species Distribution Modelling in investigating the impacts of climate change and weeds on endemic biodiversity
  • Climate change impacts on agricultural productivity and land suitability
  • Remote Sensing of invasive weed species
  • Ecological Remote Sensing, with emphasis on vegetation pattern analysis and monitoring, agricultural land use mapping as well as wildlife habitat evaluation
  • Spectral discrimination of vegetation species and biodiversity assessment using hyperspectral remote sensing

I supervise higher degree and coursework research students in a broad range of application areas, dealing with climate change impacts on biodiversity and small island states, mainly in the Pacific and the Himalayan region, remote sensing, spatial modelling, spatial ecology and species distribution modelling.


Books and book chapters
  1. Khormi, H., Kumar, L. (2015) Modelling Interactions Between Vector-Borne Diseases and Environment Using GIS. CRC Press, London. 262 pages ISBN 9781482227383
  2. Lamsal, P., Atreya, K., Pant, K.P., Kumar, L. (In Press) Wetland Resource, Livelihood Support and Economic Valuation - A Case of Nepal. In Wetland Science: Perspectives from South Asia. (Prusty et al, eds). Springer.
  3. Kumar, L., Lamsal, P. (In Press) High altitude wetlands of Nepal. In Milton, R. and Prentice, C. (Eds) Wetlands of the World. Springer.
  4. Kumar, L., Sinha, P., Brown, J.F., Ramsey, R. D., Rigge, M., Stam, C.A., Hernandez, A.J., Hunt Jr., E. R. and Reeves, M.C. (2016). Characterization, Mapping, and Monitoring of Rangelands: Methods and Approaches. In Remote Sensing Handbook. Volume II: Land Resources: Monitoring, Modeling, and Mapping, Chapter 12, (P.S. Thenkabail, ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  5. Reeves, M. C., Angerer, J., Hunt, E. R., Kulawardhana, W., Kumar, L., Loboda, T., Loveland, T., Metternicht, G., Ramsey, R. D., and Washington-Allen, R. A. (2016). A global view of remote sensing of rangelands: Evolution, applications, and future pathways. In Remote Sensing Handbook. Volume II: Land Resources: Monitoring, Modeling, and Mapping, Chapter 10, (P.S. Thenkabail, ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  6. Hunt Jr., E. R., Wang, C., Booth, D.T., Cox, S.E., Kumar, L. and Reeves, M.C. (2016). Remote Sensing of Rangeland Biodiversity. In Remote Sensing Handbook. Volume II: Land Resources: Monitoring, Modeling, and Mapping, Chapter 11, (P.S. Thenkabail, ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  7. Kumar, L., Singh, A. (2013) Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques for the Assessment of Biofuel and Biomass Energy Resources, in Walter Leal Filho, Franziska Mannke, Romeela Mohee, Veronika Schulte, Dinesh Surroop (eds) Climate – Smart Technologies: Integrating Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Mitigation and Adaptation Responses. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. pp283-294. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-37753-2_21.
  8. Kumar, L., Schmidt, K.S., Dury, S., Skidmore, A.K. (2006) Imaging spectrometry and vegetation science. In F. van de Meer. and S.M. de Jong (Eds). Imaging Spectrometry (Kluwer), Second Edition. pp 111-155.
  9. Kandeh, J.M.K., Ahadi, A.W., Kumar, L. (2005) Using Remote Sensing Data for Earthquake Damage Assessment in Afghanistan: The Role of the International Charter. In Peter van Oosterom, Siyka Zlatanova and Elfriede M. Fendel (Eds) Geo-information for Disaster Management (Springer – Berlin), pp. 829-840.
  10. Said, M.; Skidmore, A.K.; Leeuw, J. de; Aligula, H.M.; Kumar, L.; Prins, H.H.T. (2003) Analysis of the relation between ungulate species richness in East Africa and climate and remotely sensed productivity indices. In: Multiscale perspectives of species richness in East Africa. Said, M.Y., Wageningen University, 204 pages. ISBN 9058087948/ 9789058087942.
  11. Woodcock, C., Macomber, S., Kumar, L. (2002) Vegetation mapping and detection of environmental change. In Skidmore, A.K. (Ed). Environmental modelling using GIS and remote sensing (Taylor & Francis) pp.97-120.
  12. Kumar, L., Schmidt, K.S., Dury, S., Skidmore, A.K. (2001) Imaging spectrometry and vegetation science. In F. van de Meer and S.M. de Jong (Eds). Imaging Spectrometry (Kluwer), pp 111-155.
Refereed journal articles
  1. Taylor, S., Kumar, L. (In Press) Will climate change impact the potential distribution of a native vine (Merremia Peltata) which is behaving invasively in the Pacific Region? Ecology and Evolution,
  2. Taylor, S., Kumar, L. (In Press) Global Climate Change Impacts on Pacific Islands Terrestrial Biodiversity: A Review. Tropical Conservation Science,
  3. Lamsal, P., Atreya, K., Pant, Krishna, Kumar, L. (In Press) Tourism and wetland conservation: application of travel cost and willingness to pay for entry fee at Ghodaghodi Lake Complex, Nepal. Natural Resources Forum - A United Nations Sustainable Development Journal,
  4. Morid, R., Delavar, M., Eagderi, S., Kumar, L. (In Press) Assessment of climate change impacts on river hydrology and habitat suitability of Oxynemacheilus bergianus; Case study: Kordan River, Iran. Hydrobiologia,
  5. Aljariyan, R., Kumar, L., Taylor, S. (In Press) Modelling the current and potential future distributions of the sunn pest Eurygaster integriceps (Hemiptera: Scutelleridae) using CLIMEX. Pest Management Science,
  6. Sinha, P., Kumar, L., Reid, N. (In Press) Rank-based methods for selection of landscape metrics for land cover pattern change detection. Remote Sensing, 8, 107 (19 pp) doi:10.3390/rs8020107
  7. Madani, N., Kimball, J.S., Nazeri, M., Kumar, L., Affleck, D.L.R. (2016) Remote sensing derived fire frequency, soil moisture and ecosystem productivity explain regional movements in Emu over Australia. PLoS ONE, 11(1): e0147285. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0147285
  8. Lambert, K., Kumar, L., Reid, N., McDonald, P.G. (2016) Habitat selection by a despotic passerine, the Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys): when restoring habitat through Lantana (Lantana camara) removal is not enough. Ecological Management & Restoration, 17(1): 81-84.
  9. Ramirez-Cabral, N.Y.Z., Kumar, L. and Taylor, S. (2016). Crop niche modeling projects major shifts in common bean growing areas. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 218-219: 102-113.
  1. Kandeh, J., Kumar, L. (2015) Developing a relative ranking of social vulnerability of Governorates of Yemen to Humanitarian crisis. ISPRS International Journal of Geoinformation, 4: 1913-1935. doi:10.3390/ijgi4041913.
  2. Kumar, L., Taylor, S. (2015) Exposure of coastal built assets in the South Pacific to climate risks. Nature Climate Change, 5: 992-996. DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2702.
  3. Shabani, F., Kumar, L. (2015) Should species distribution models use only native or exotic records of existence or both? Ecological Informatics, 29(1): 57-65.
  4. Paterson, R.M., Kumar, L., Taylor, S. Lima, N.M. (2015) Future climate effects on suitability for growth of oil palms in Malaysia and Indonesia. Scientific Reports, 5:14457. DOI: 10.1038/srep14457.
  5. Nolasco-Javier, D., Kumar, L., Tengonciang, A.M.P. (2015) Rapid Appraisal of Rainfall Threshold and Selected Landslides in Baguio, Philippines. Natural Hazards, 78: 1587-1607. DOI 10.1007/s11069-015-1790-y
  6. Kumar, L., Khormi, H.M., Leis, K., Taylor, S. (In Press) Ecological Research in Australia: Identifying links versus gaps between hotspots of ecological research and biodiversity. Austral Ecology, 40: 581-590.
  7. Nazeri, M., Madani, N., Kumar, L., Mahiny, A.S., Kiabi, B.H. (2015) A geo-statistical approach to model Asiatic cheetah, onager, gazelle and wild sheep shared niche and distribution in Turan biosphere reserve-Iran. Ecological Informatics, 29: 25-32. doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2015.06.008
  8. Lamsal, P., Atreya, K., Pant, K.P., Kumar, L. (2015) An Analysis of Willingness to Pay for Community Based Conservation Activities at the Ghodaghodi Lake Complex, Nepal. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, Management, DOI: 10.1080/21513732.2015.1055338
  9. Kumar, L., Sinha, P., Taylor, S., Alqurashi, A. (2015) Review of the use of remote sensing for biomass estimation to support renewable energy generation. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 9(1), 097696 (2015). doi:10.1117/1.JRS.9.097696.
  10. Shabani, F., Kumar, L. (2015) Distribution of date palms in the Middle East based on future climate scenarios. Experimental Agriculture. 51 (2): 244-263.
  11. Gholoobi, M., Kumar, L. (2015) Using object-based hierarchical classification to extract land use land cover classes from high resolution satellite imagery in a complex urban area. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 9(1), 096052 (2015). doi:10.1117/1.JRS.9.096052.
  12. Okonkwo, C.N.P., Kumar, L., Taylor, S. (2015) The Niger Delta Wetland Ecosystem: What threatens it and why should we protect it? African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 9(5): 451-463.
  13. Shabani, F., Kumar, L., Nojoumian, A.H., Esmaeili, A., Toghyani, M. (2015) Projected future distribution of date palms and its potential use in alleviating micronutrient deficiency. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. DOI 10.1002/jsfa.7195
  14. Lamsal, P., Pant, K., Kumar, L., Atreya, K. (2015) Sustainable livelihoods through conservation of wetland resources – A case of economic benefits from Ghodaghodi Lake, Western Nepal. Ecology & Society, 20(1): 10 (11 pages).
  15. Nahavandy, S.K Ghamisi, P., Kumar, L., Couciero, M.S. (2015) A Novel Adaptive Compression Technique for Dealing with Corrupt Bands and High Levels of Band Correlations in Hyperspectral Images based on Binary Hybrid GA-PSO for Big Data Compression. International Journal of Computer Applications, 109(8): 18-25.
  16. Ghosh, M., Kumar, L., Roy, C. (2015) Monitoring the Coastline Change of Hatiya Island in Bangladesh using Remote Sensing Techniques. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 101: 137-144.
  1. Algahtany, M., Kumar, L., Khormi, H. (2014) Spatio-temporal changes of crime patterns in Saudi Arabia from 2003- 2012. GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences, Vol.4 No.1, DOI: 10.5176/2251-2853_4.1.164
  2. Shabani, F., Kumar, L., Taylor, B. (2014) Projecting date palm distribution in Iran under climate change using topography, physicochemical soil properties, soil taxonomy, land use and climate data. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 118(3): 553-567. DOI 10.1007/s00704-013-1064-0
  3. Saremi, H., Kumar, L., Turner, R., Stone, C., Melville, G. (2014) Impact of local slope and aspect assessed from LiDAR records on tree diameter in radiata pine (Pinus radiata D. Don) plantations. Annals of Forest Science, 71: 771-780. DOI 10.1007/s13595-014-0374-4
  4. Saremi, H., Kumar, L., Turner, R., Stone, C., Melville, G., (2014) DBH and height show significant correlation with incoming solar radiation: A case study of a radiata pine (Pinus radiata D. Don) plantation in New South Wales, Australia. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 51(4): 427-444.
  5. Al-Ghamdi, K.M., Al-Azab, A.M., Khormi, H.M., Kumar, L., Mahyoub, J.A. (2014) Monitoring larval populations of Aedes aegypti in different residential districts of Jeddah governorate, Saudi Arabia. Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment, 12(3&4): 448-452.
  6. Alqurashi, A.F., Kumar, L. (2014) Land Use and Land Cover Change Detection in the Saudi Arabian Desert Cities of Makkah and Al-Taif Using Satellite Data. Advances in Remote Sensing, 3, 106-119.
  7. Kumar, L., Sinha, P. (2014) Mapping salt-marsh land cover vegetation using high-spatial and hyper-spectral satellite data to assist wetland inventory. GIScience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 51(5): 483–497.
  8. Saremi, H., Kumar, L., Stone, C., Melville, G., Turner, R. (2014) Sub-Compartment Variation in Tree Height, Stem Diameter and Stocking in a Pinus radiata D. Don Plantation Examined Using Airborne LiDAR Data. Remote Sensing, 6: 7592-7609. doi:10.3390/rs6087592
  9. Shabani. F., Kumar. L., Taylor. S. (2014) Suitable regions for date palm cultivation in Iran are predicted to increase substantially under future climate scenarios. Cambridge Journal of Agricultural Science, 152: 543-557. doi:10.1017/S0021859613000816
  10. Esmaeili, A., Pourbabaee, A.A., Alikhani, H.A., Shabani, F., Kumar, L. (2014) Colonization and Biodegradation of photo-oxidized Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE) by New Strains of Aspergillus sp. and Lysinibacillus sp. Bioremediation, 18(3): 213-226. DOI: 10.1080/10889868.2014.917269
  11. Saremi, H., Kumar, L., Turner, R., Stone, R. (2014) Airborne LiDAR derived canopy height model reveals a significant difference in radiata pine (Pinus radiata D. Don) heights based on slope and aspect of sites. Trees - Structure and Function, 28: 733-744. DOI 10.1007/s00468-014-0985-2
  12. Shabani. F., Kumar. L., Esmaeli, A. (2014) Future Distributions of Fusarium oxysporum f. spp. in European, Middle Eastern and North African Agricultural Regions under Climate Change. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 197: 96-105.
  13. Clarke, P.J., Knox, K.J.E., Bradstock, R.A., Munoz-Robles, C., Kumar, L. (2014) Vegetation, terrain and fire history shape the impact of extreme weather on fire severity and ecosystem response. Journal of Vegetation Science, 25(4): 1033-1044.
  14. Taylor, S., Kumar, L. (2014) Impacts of climate change on invasive Lantana camara L. distribution in South Africa. African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 8(6): 391-400.
  15. Kumar, L., Sinha, P., Taylor, S. (2014) Improving image classification in a complex wetland ecosystem through image fusion techniques. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 14: 083616-1 - 083616-16. [DOI: 10.1117/1.JRS.8.083616]
  16. Khormi, H., Kumar, L. (2014) Climate change and the potential global distribution of Aedes aegypti: spatial modelling using GIS and CLIMEX. Geospatial Health, 8(2): 405-415.
  17. Allbed, A., Kumar, L., Aldakheel, Y.Y. (2014) Assessing soil salinity using soil salinity and vegetation indices derived from IKONOS high-spatial resolution imageries: Applications in a date palm dominated region. Geoderma, 230-231: 1-8.
  18. Lamsal, P., Pant, K.P., Kumar, L., Atreya, K. (2014) Diversity, Uses and Threats in the Ghodaghodi Lake Complex, a Ramsar Site in Western Lowland Nepal. ISRN Biodiversity. Volume 2014, Article ID 680102, 12 pages.
  19. Shabani, F., Kumar, L. (2014) Sensitivity Analysis of CLIMEX Parameters in Modeling Potential Distribution of Phoenix dactylifera L. PLoS ONE 9(4): e94867. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0094867
  20. Nazeri, M., Kumar, L., Jusoff, K., Bahaman, A.R. (2014) Modelling the potential distribution of the Malayan sun bear in Krau wildlife reserve, Malaysia. Ecological Informatics, 20: 27-32.
  21. Alqadi, K., Kumar, L. (2014) Water Policy in Jordan. International Journal of Water Resources Development. DOI=10.1080/07900627.2013.876234.
  22. Sinha, P., Kumar, L., Drielsma, M., Barrett, T. (2014) Time-series Effective Habitat Area (EHA) modelling using cost-benefit raster based technique. Ecological Informatics, 19: 16-25.
  23. Taylor, S., Kumar, L. (2014) Climate Change and Weed Impacts on Small Island Ecosystems: Lantana camara L. (Magnoliopsida: Verbenaceae) Distribution in Fiji. Pacific Science, 68(1): 117-133.
  24. Allbed, A., Kumar, L., Sinha, P. (2014) Mapping and Modelling Spatial Variation in Soil Salinity in the Al Hassa Oasis Based on Remote Sensing Indicators and Regression Techniques. Remote Sensing, 6: 1137-1157; doi:10.3390/rs6021137
  25. Thorner, J., Kumar, L., Smith, S. (2014) Impacts of climate-change-driven sea level rise on intertidal rocky reef habitats will be variable and site specific. PLoS ONE 9(1): e86130. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0086130
  26. Alian, S., Tolpekin, V.A., Bijker, W., Kumar, L. (2014) Identifying Curvature of Overpass Mountain Roads in Iran from High Spatial Resolution Remote Sensing Data. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 26: 21-25.
  27. Shabani, F., Kumar, L., Esmaeili, A. (2014) Improvement to the prediction of the USLE K factor. Geomorphology, 204: 229-234.
  28. Alqadi, K., Kumar, L., Khormi, H. (2014) Mapping hotspots of underground water quality based on the variation of chemical concentration in Amman, Zarqa and Balqa regions. Environmental Earth Science, 71:2309-2317. DOI 10.1007/s12665-013-2632-4
  1. Shabani, F., Kumar, L., Esmaeili, A., Saremi, H. (2013) Climate Change Will Lead to Larger Areas of Spain Being Conducive to Date Palm Cultivation. Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment, 11(3-4): 2441-2446.
  2. Khormi, H., Kumar, L., Elzahrany, R. (2013) Regression model for predicting adult female Aedes aegypti based on meteorological variables: A case study of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Journal of Earth Science & Climatic Change, 5(1): 1-8.
  3. Ghamisi, P., Sepehrband, F., Kumar, L., Couceiro, M.S., Martins, F.M.L. (2013) A New Method for Compression of Remote Sensing Images Based on Enhanced Differential Pulse Code Modulation Transformation. ScienceAsia, 39(5): 546-555.
  4. Allbed, A., Kumar, L. (2013) Soil Salinity Mapping and Monitoring In Arid and Semi-Arid Regions Using Remote Sensing Technology: A Review. Advances in Remote Sensing, 2: 373-385.
  5. Shabani, F., Kumar, L. (2013) Risk levels of Invasive Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. in Areas Suitable for Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera) Cultivation under Various Climate Change Projections. PLoS ONE, 8(12): e83404. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083404
  6. Sinha, P., Kumar, L. (2013) Markov land cover change modeling using multiple pairs of time-series satellite images. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 79(11): 1037-1051.
  7. Thorner, J., Kumar, L., Smith, S. (2013) Fine scale 3D habitat mapping as a biodiversity conservation tool for intertidal rocky reefs. Journal of Coastal Research, 29(5): 1184-1190. DOI: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-12-00142.1
  8. Shabani, F., Kumar, L., Esmaeili, A. (2013) Use of CLIMEX, Land use and Topography to Refine Areas Suitable for Date Palm Cultivation in Spain under Climate Change Scenarios. Journal of Earth Science & Climate Change, 4: 145 doi: 10.4172/2157-7617.1000145
  9. Alqadi, K., Kumar, L. (2013) Changing demographics, expanding urban areas and modified agricultural extents and their impacts on water availability and water quality in Jordan. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 8(25): 3193-3201. DOI: 10.5897/AJAR12.875
  10. Albalawi, E. K., Kumar, L. (2013) Using remote sensing technology to detect, model and map desertification: A review. Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment, 11(2): 791-797.
  11. Kumar, L., Khormi, H. (2013) Landscape of ecological research in Australia: A bibliometric analysis of trends in research output and hotspots of research from 1991-2010. Austral Ecology, 38: 599-608. doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.2012.02453.x
  12. Alqurashi, A., Kumar, L. (2013) Investigating the Use of Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques to Detect Land Use and Land Cover Change: A Review. Advances in Remote Sensing, 2: 193-204. doi:10.4236/ars.2013.22022
  13. Khormi, H., Kumar, L. (2013) Using geographic Information system and remote sensing to study common mosquito-borne diseases in Saudi Arabia: A review. Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment, 11(2): 14-17.
  14. Sinha, P., Kumar, L. (2013) Independent Two-step Thresholding of Binary Images in Inter-Annual Land Cover Change/No-Change Identification. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 81(7): 31-43.
  15. Kumar, L. (2013) Effect of rounding off elevation values on the calculation of aspect and slope from a gridded digital elevation model. Journal of Spatial Science, 58(1): 91-100.
  16. Lamsal, P., Pant, K.P., Kumar, L. (2013) Geographic Information (GI) Product Marketing through Advertisements: An Application of Content Analysis. European Journal of Business and Management, 5(9): 62-74.
  17. Alqadi, K., Kumar, L. (2013) Are there monthly variations in water quality in the Amman, Zarqa and Balqa Regions, Jordan? Computational Water, Energy, and Environmental Engineering, 2: 26-35.
  18. Taylor, S., Kumar, L. (2013) Potential distribution of an invasive species under climate change scenarios using CLIMEX and Soil Drainage: A case study of Lantana camara L. in Queensland, Australia. Journal of Environmental Management, 114: 414-422.
  19. Sinha, P., Kumar, L. (2013) Binary images in seasonal land-cover change identification: a comparative study in parts of New South Wales, Australia. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34(6): 2162-2186.
  20. Twongyirwe, R., Sheil, D., Majaliwa, J. G. M., Ebanyat, P., Tenywa, M. M., Heist, M.van, Kumar, L. (2013) Variability of Soil Organic Carbon stocks under different land uses/cover: A study in an afro-montane landscape in Southwestern Uganda. Geoderma, 193-194: 282-289.
  1. Khormi, H., Elzahrany, R., Kumar, L. (2012) The benefits and challenges of scaling up dengue surveillance in Saudi Arabia from a GIS perspective. Dengue Bulletin, 36: 26-36.
  2. Kumar, L., Ghosh, M.K. (2012) Land Use Change Detection of Hatiya Island, Bangladesh Using Remote Sensing Techniques. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 6 (1), 063608 (November 28, 2012); doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.6.063608
  3. Sinha, P., Kumar, L. (2012) Three-date Landsat TM composite in seasonal land-cover change identification in a mid-latitudinal region of diverse climate and land-use. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 6 (1), 063595 (Oct 30, 2012). doi:10.1117/1.JRS.6.063595
  4. Nazeri, M., Jusoff, K., Madani, N., Mahmud, A.R., Sharma, R.S.K., Kumar, L. (2012) Predictive Modeling and Mapping of Malayan Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus) Distribution Using Maximum Entropy, PLoS ONE 7(10): e48104, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0048104.
  5. Shabani, F., Kumar, L., Taylor, S. (2012) Climate change impacts on the future distribution of Date Palms: A modelling exercise using CLIMEX. PLoS ONE 7(10): e48021, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0048021.
  6. Taylor, S., Kumar, L., Reid, N. (2012) Impacts of climate change and land-use on the potential distribution of an invasive weed: a case study of Lantana camara L. in Australia. Weed Research, 52: 391-401.
  7. Gohari, A., Ahmed, A., Hashim, M.G., Kheirandish, S., Kumar, L. (2012) Towards the design of a GIS-based routing system. International Journal of Geoinformatics, 8(2): 63-69.
  8. Sinha, P., Kumar, L. (2012) A new technique for seasonal land-cover change analysis using directional brightness differencing. GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology, 1(1): 61-66. DOI:10.5176/2251-3701_1.1.11
  9. Taylor, S., Kumar, L. (2012) Climate change and invasive weeds – Modelling distribution of Lantana camara L. GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology, 1(1): 56-60. DOI:10.5176/2251-3701_1.1.10
  10. Taylor, S., Kumar, L. (2012) Sensitivity Analysis of CLIMEX Parameters in Modelling Potential Distribution of Lantana camara L. PLoS ONE 7(7): e40969. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040969
  11. Khormi, H., Kumar, L. (2012) The importance of appropriate temporal and spatial scales for dengue fever control and management. Science of the Total Environment. 430: 144-149.
  12. Khormi, H., Kumar, L. (2012) Assessing the risk for Dengue fever based on socioeconomic and environmental variables in a GIS environment. Geospatial Health, 6(2): 171-176.
  13. Kumar, L., Khormi, H. (2012) Hotspots, Research Productivity and Collaboration Networks in Remote Sensing and GIS in Australia from 1991 to 2010. Journal of Spatial Science, 57(1): 101-113. DOI:10.1080/14498596.2012.686360
  14. Taylor S., Kumar L., Reid N., Kriticos D.J. (2012) Climate Change and the Potential Distribution of an Invasive Shrub, Lantana camara L. PLoS ONE 7(4): e35565. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035565
  15. Sinha, P., Kumar, L., Reid, N. (2012) Seasonal variation in land-cover classification accuracy in a diverse region. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 78(3): 271-280.
  16. Taylor, S., Kumar, L. Reid, N., Lewis, C.R.G. (2012) Optimal band selection from hyperspectral data for Lantana camara discrimination. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33(17): 5418-5437.
  1. Taylor, S., Kumar, L., Reid, N. (2011) Accuracy Comparison of Quickbird, Landsat TM and SPOT 5 Imagery for Lantana camara Mapping. Journal of Spatial Science, 56(2): 241-252.
  2. Khormi, H., Kumar, L. (2011) Identifying and visualizing spatial patterns and hotspots of dengue fever clinically confirmed cases and female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dengue Bulletin, 35: 15-34.
  3. Khormi, H., Kumar, L., Elzahrany, R. (2011) Modeling spatiotemporal risk changes in the incidence of dengue fever in Saudi Arabia: a geographic information system case study. Geospatial Health, 6(1): 77-84.
  4. Khormi, H., Kumar, L. (2011) Modeling Dengue Fever Risk Based on Socioeconomic Parameters, Nationality and Age groups: GIS and Remote Sensing Based Case Study. Science of the Total Environment. 409: 4713-4719.
  5. Khormi, H., Kumar, L., Elzahrany, R. (2011) Describing and Analysing the Association between Meteorological Variables and Adult Aedes Aegypti Mosquitoes. Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment, 9: 954-959.
  6. Alqadi, K., Kumar, L. (2011) Water issues in the Kingdom of Jordan: A brief review with reasons for declining quality. Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment, 9: 1019-1023.
  7. Khormi, H., Kumar, L. (2011) Examples of using spatial information technologies for mapping and modeling mosquito-borne diseases based on environmental, climatic and socio-economic factors and different spatial statistics, temporal risk indices and spatial analysis: A review. Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment. 9(2): 41-49.
  8. Twongyirwe, R., Majaliwa, J.G.M., Ebanyat, P., Tenywa, M.M., Sheil, D., Heist, M. Van., Oluka, M., Kumar, L. (2011) Dynamics of forest cover conversion in and around Bwindi impenetrable forest, South-western Uganda. Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management.15(1): 189-195
  9. Saremi, H., Kumar, L., Sarmadian, F., Heidari, A. (2011) GIS based evaluation of land suitability - a case study for major crops in Zanjan University region. Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment. 9(1): 741-744
  1. Ismail, R., Mutanga, O., Kumar, L. (2010) Modeling the potential distribution of pine forests that are susceptible to Sirex noctilio infestations in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Transactions in GIS. 14(5): 709-726
  2. Taylor, S., Kumar, L., Reid, N. (2010) Mapping Lantana Camara: Accuracy comparison of various fusion techniques. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing. 76(6): 691-700
  3. Kumar, L. (2010) Leaf level experiments to discriminate between eucalyptus species using high spectral resolution reflectance data: Use of derivatives, ratios and vegetation indices. Geocarto International, 25(4): 327-344.
Pre 2010
  1. Mutanga, O., van Aardt, J., Kumar, L. (2009) Imaging spectroscopy (hyperspectral remote sensing) in southern Africa: an overview. South African Journal of Science, 105: 193-198.
  2. Ismail, R., Mutanga, O., Kumar, L., Bob, U. (2008) Determining the optimal spatial resolution of remotely sensed data for the detection of Sirex noctilio infestations in pine plantations in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The South African Geographical Journal, 90(1): 22-31
  3. Kumar, L. (2007) High-spectral resolution data for determining leaf water content in Eucalyptus species: leaf level experiments. Geocarto International. 22:3-16.
  4. Kumar, L. (2007) A comparison of reflectance characteristics of some Australian eucalyptus species based on high spectral resolution data – discriminating using the visible and NIR regions. Journal of Spatial Science, 52(2): 51-64.
  5. Liu, C. Frazier, P., Kumar, L. (2007) Comparative assessment of the measures of thematic classification accuracy. Remote Sensing of Environment, 107: 606-616.
  6. Mutanga, O. and Kumar, L. (2007) Estimating and mapping grass phosphorus concentration in an African savanna using hyperspectral image data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 28(21): 4897-4911.
  7. Kandeh, J.M.K., Kumar, L. (2006) Standardization in mapping and monitoring of invasive alien plant species. Journal of Environmental Informatics 7 (1): 36-47.
  8. Kumar, L., Skidmore, A.K. (2006) NIR and SWIR Reflectance characteristics of dry plant materials of some Eucalyptus species. International Journal of GeoInformatics, 2(1): 47-59.
  9. Liu, C., Frazier, P., Kumar, L., MacGregor, C., Blake, N. (2006) Catchment-wide wetland assessment and prioritization using the multi-criteria decision-making method TOPSIS. Environmental Management 38(2): 316-326.
  10. Mutanga, O., Skidmore, A.K., Kumar, L., and Ferwerda, J. (2005) Estimating tropical pasture quality at canopy level using band depth analysis with continuum removal in the visible domain. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 26(6): 1093-1108).
  11. Schmidt, K.S., Skidmore, A.K., Kloosterman, E.H., Van Oosten, H., Kumar, L., Janssen, J. (2004) Mapping coastal vegetation using an expert system and hyperspectral imagery. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 70(6): 703-715.
  12. van Langevelde, F., van de Vijver, C.A.D.M., Kumar, L., van de Koppel, J., de Ridder, N., van Andel, J., Skidmore, A.K., Hearne, J., Stroosnijder, L., Bond, W.J., Prins, H.H.T., and Rietkerk, M. (2003). Effects of fire and herbivory on the stability of savanna ecosystems. Ecology, 84(2): 337-350.
  13. Kumar, L., Rietkerk, M., van Langevelde, F., van de Koppel, J., van Andel, J., Hearne, J., de Ridder, N., Stroosnijder, L., Prins, H.H.T., Skidmore, A.K. (2002) Relationship between vegetation recovery rates and soil type in the Sahel of Burkina Faso: Implications for resource utilization at large scales. Ecological Modelling, 149: 143-152.
  14. Rietkerk, M., Ouedraogo, T., Kumar, L., Sanou, S., Van Langevelde, F., Kiema, A., Van de Koppel, J., Van Andel, J., Hearne, J., Skidmore, A.K., De Ridder, N., Stroosnijder, L., and Prins, H.H.T. (2002). Fine-scale spatial distribution of plants and resources on a sandy soil in the Sahel. Plant and Soil 239: 69– 77.
  15. Rietkerk, M., Boerlijst, M.C., Van Langevelde, F., HilleRisLambers, R., Van de Koppel, J., Kumar, L., Klausmeier, C.A., Prins, H.H.T., De Roos, A. (2002) Self-organisation of vegetation in arid ecosystems. The American Naturalist, 160(4): 524–530.
  16. Rietkerk, M., van de Koppel, J., Kumar, L., van Langevelde, F., Prins, H.H.T. (2002) The Ecology of Scale. Ecological Modelling, 149: 1-4.
  17. van de Koppel, J., Rietkerk, M., van Langevelde, F., Kumar, L., Klausmeier, A., Fryxell, J.M., Hearne, J., van Andel, J., de Ridder, N., Skidmore, A.K., Stroosnijder, L., Prins, H.H.T. (2002) Spatial heterogeneity and irreversible vegetation change in semi-arid grazing systems. The American Naturalist, 159(2): 209-218.
  18. Kumar, L., Skidmore, A.K. (2000) Radiation - vegetation relationships in an Eucalyptus forest. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 66(2): 193-204.
  19. Kumar, L., Skidmore, A.K., Knowles, E. (1997) Modelling topographic variation in solar radiation in a GIS environment. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 11(5): 475-497.
  20. Skidmore, A.K., Bijker, W., Schmidt, K., Kumar, L. (1997) Use of Remote Sensing and GIS for Sustainable Land Management. ITC Journal 1997-3/4: 302-315.

Research Supervision Experience

Current and recent PhD students
  • Abdullah Alqurashi (Saudi Arabia) Thesis Title: Analysing the complexity of urban cover change and its associated environmental impacts (Spatiotemporal study using Remote Sensing and GIS modelling). (Current).
  • Nadiezhda Cabral (Mexico) Thesis Title: Modelling Climate Change impacts and effects on common bean and maize in Mexico. (Current).
  • Dymphna Javier (Philippines) Thesis Title: Use of GIS and high-resolution satellite imagery in generation of landslide hazard and risk maps in the Municipality of Tublay, Province of Benguet, Northern Philippines (Current).
  • Amal Allbed (Saudi Arabia) Thesis Title: Using geographic information system and remote sensing technologies to assess and map soil salinity in Al Hassa oasis in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia. (Current).
  • Mofza Algahtany (Saudi Arabia) Thesis Title: Modelling spatial distribution and association between economic and social factors and criminal issues in Saudi Arabia. (Current).
  • David Moffitt (Australia) Thesis Title: Application of remote sensing and GIS techniques to the assessment of susceptibility of coastal regions within Pacific Islands to climate-related risks (Current).
  • Mark Cameron (Australia) Thesis Title: An image processing and classification/segmentation procedure for natural landscapes in NSW (Current).
  • Pramod Lamsal (Nepal) Thesis Title: Climate change impacts on the high altitude ecosystem and biodiversity of Nepal. (Current).
  • Manoj Kumer Ghosh (Bangladesh) Thesis Title: Mapping Long-term changes in mangrove cover in Sundarbans, Bangladesh and predictions of future change under climate change scenarios (Current).
  • Shrijana Poudyal (Nepal) Thesis Title: Assessing socio-economic vulnerability to climate change in Pacific Islands (Current).
  • Rasha Aljaryian (Iraq) Thesis Title: The Impacts of Climate Change on Agricultural Crops and Their Pests Using Species Distribution Modelling: A Case Study of Iraq. (Current).
  • Rashid Al Sidi (Oman) Thesis Title: Modelling of Dubas Bug Habitat and Population Density in Oman Based on Associations with Human, Environmental and Climatological Factors (Current).
  • Ricardo (Brazil) Thesis Title: Spatio-temporal dynamics and impacts of climate change on Neoleucinodes elegantalis and Solanum lycopersicum using modelling. (Current).
  • Farzin Shabani (Iran) Thesis Title: Modelling the impact of climate change on future distribution of date palm. (Graduated).
  • Priyakant Sinha (India) Thesis Title: GIS and Remote Sensing based land cover change detection, prediction modelling and assessment of change on biodiversity using time-series data. (Graduated).
  • Bharat Subhashni Taylor (Fiji) Thesis Title: Remote sensing and modelling the distribution of 'Lantana camara' L. in relation to land-use, soil drainage and climate change. (Graduated).
  • Kathryn Lambert (Australia) Thesis Title: Quantifying the Importance of Lantana Removal, Soil Nutrient Profiles, Insect Assemblages and Bell Miner Density on Bell Miner Associated Dieback. (Graduated).
  • Hassan Khormi (Saudi Arabia) Thesis Title: Modelling of dengue fever and its vector risks based on the impacts of socioeconomic, meteorological and environmental factors: a Geographic Information System-based case study of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Graduated).
  • Khaled Alqadi (Jordan) Thesis Title: Using spatial analyses tools to study the impact of changing demographics, agricultural extents and urban growth on water quality and availability in the Amman-Zarqa basin, Jordan. (Graduated).
  • Jaqueline Thorner (Brazil) Thesis Title: Effects of rising sea levels on habitat diversity and biodiversity of intertidal rocky reefs. (Graduated).
  • Hanieh Saremi (Iran) Thesis Title: Use of LiDAR data to quantify the influence of topography on radiata pine ('Pinus radiata' D. Don) at the sub-compartment level. (Graduated).
  • Michael Drielsma (Australia) Thesis Title: Regional-scale Collaborative Biodiversity Modelling in a Complex World. (Graduated).
  • Caitlyn Johns (Australia) Thesis Title: Predicting the Effects of Restoring Tidal Connectivity on the Vegetation of Fresh and Oligohaline Wetlands: Clarence River Floodplain, Northern NSW. (Graduated).
  • Francis Karanja (Kenya) Thesis Title: Ecosystem Service Provision from Natural Resource Management Interventions in the Gwydir Catchment, North-Western New South Wales: Spatial Bio-Economic Evaluation at Catchment, District and Farm Scales. (Graduated).
  • Su Xianfeng (China) Thesis Title: Vegetation recovery and simulation of colonisation process of dominant species after open-cut mining at Boggabri, NSW, Australia. (Graduated).

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