Professor Elaine Baker

Room 308

F09 - Madsen Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3000

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Biographical details

Elaine holds the inaugural UNESCO Chair In Marine Science at the University of Sydney.She is also the Director of theGRID-Arendal officeat the University.GRID-Arendal is a centre collaborating with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It was established in 1989 by the Government of Norway with a mission to communicate environmental information to policy-makers and facilitate environmental decision-making for change.

Elaine is the Director of theUniversity of Sydney Institute of Marine Science(USIMS), the face of marine science at Sydney.

Elaine is a member of the Pacific Maritime Boundaries collaboration, which includes SOPAC/SPC, Geoscience Australia, the Pacific Forum Fisheries Association, the Australian Attorney Generals Department, the Commonwealth Secretariat and 14 Pacific Islands States. The group are involved in finding diplomatic, technical and legal solutions to maritime boundary delimitation, including the finalisation of claims for extended continental shelf under article 76 of the United Nations Convention on the law of the Sea.

Elaine is also the co-ordinator of the Asian Neighbours Network “University of the Sea”. The “University of the Sea” is a partnership between the University of Sydney, the University of NSW, the University of Technology Sydney, the Australian National University, the University of Tokyo, the Korean Ocean Research and Development Institute, Tongji University China, the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans Canada, the National Institute of Oceanography Goa, the Indonesian Research Centre for Marine Technology and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.

The aim of the "University of the Sea" is to enable senior researchers from the region to work with young local scholars on marine issues of direct interest to the Asia-Pacific region. Students address specific regional problems (including those unique to tropical and sub-tropical countries) through a program of targeted research.

Research interests

Elaine is interested in the sustainable use of marine resources. This includes the responsible use of non-renewable resources, the economic evaluation of biodiversity and other ocean services, and the regulation and governance of ocean space. She is currently involved in the development of a Pacific marine portal - PACGEO, the compilation of information to support the development of regulatory frameworks formarine miningand capacity building related to theUnited Nations World Ocean Assessment.

Current projects

Current projects include collaborating with West African colleagues to compile submissions for extended continental shelf according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The global seafloor geomorphology map

The World Ocean Assessment

International links

New Caledonia

(Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) ) We have a long standing relationship with the SOPAC Division of SPC. Since 2006 we have been working with SOPAC, Geoscience Australia, the Australian Attorney General's Department, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency to assist 14 Pacific island States with maritime boundary delineation and marine spatial planning.

Norway

(GRID Arendal an official collaborating centre of UNEP) We have an office of GRID Arendal at the University, that receives support funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to undertake marine science research and programmes that support the work-plan of the United Nations Environment Programme

Selected grants

2008

  • University of the Sea research program - Training students & global research; Baker E; ARC Research Network for Earth System Science/Research Support.

2005

  • Creating a Society with Pluralistic Values; Baker E; Toyota Foundation (Japan)/Research Grant.

2004

  • Feasibility study for the development of a facility for continental shelf delineation; Baker E; United Nations Environment Program (USA)/Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Baker, E., Bournay, E., Rekacewicz, P., Sevaldsen, P., Haltbrekken, L. (2005). Vital Climate Change Graphics. Norway: UNEP/GRID-Arendal.
  • Baker, E., Bournay, E., Harayama, A., Rekacewicz, P. (2004). Vital Waste Graphics. Norway: UNEP/GRID-Arendal.

Edited Books

  • Harris, P., Baker, E. (2013). Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat: GeoHAB Atlas of Seafloor Geomorphic Features and Benthic Habitats. Waltham, USA: Elsevier.
  • Schoolmeester, T., Baker, E. (2011). Continental Shelf: The Last Maritime Zone. Norway: UNEP/GRID-Arendal.
  • Rucevska, I., Heberlein, C., Rekacewicz, P., Simonett, O., Fernandez Skaalvik, J., Baker, E., Novikov, V., Radvanyi, J., De Martino, L. (2006). Vital Caspian Graphics: Challenges Beyond Caviar. Norway: UNEP/GRID-Arendal.

Book Chapters

  • Baker, E., Dalrymple, C., Harris, P., Hughes, M. (2003). Sedimentary and stratigraphy of a tide-dominated forland-basin delta (Fly River, Papua New Guinea). In Sidi, Nummedal, Imbert, Darman, Posamentier (Eds.), Tropical Deltas of Southeast Asia: Sedimentology, stratigraphy, and petroleum geology, (pp. 147-173). USA: SEPM - Society for Sedimentary Geology.

Journals

  • Harris, P., Hughes, M., Baker, E., Dalrymple, R., Keene, J. (2004). Sediment Transport From Distributary Channels To The Pro-Deltaic Environment In A Tidally-Dominated Delta: Fly River, Papua New Guinea. Continental Shelf Research, 24(19), 2431-2454.

Report

  • Corcoran, E., Nellemann, C., Baker, E., Bos, R., Osborn, D., Savelli, H. (2010). Sick Water?: The Central Role of Wastewater Management in Sustainable Development. A Rapid Response Assessment.

2013

  • Harris, P., Baker, E. (2013). Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat: GeoHAB Atlas of Seafloor Geomorphic Features and Benthic Habitats. Waltham, USA: Elsevier.

2011

  • Schoolmeester, T., Baker, E. (2011). Continental Shelf: The Last Maritime Zone. Norway: UNEP/GRID-Arendal.

2010

  • Corcoran, E., Nellemann, C., Baker, E., Bos, R., Osborn, D., Savelli, H. (2010). Sick Water?: The Central Role of Wastewater Management in Sustainable Development. A Rapid Response Assessment.

2006

  • Rucevska, I., Heberlein, C., Rekacewicz, P., Simonett, O., Fernandez Skaalvik, J., Baker, E., Novikov, V., Radvanyi, J., De Martino, L. (2006). Vital Caspian Graphics: Challenges Beyond Caviar. Norway: UNEP/GRID-Arendal.

2005

  • Baker, E., Bournay, E., Rekacewicz, P., Sevaldsen, P., Haltbrekken, L. (2005). Vital Climate Change Graphics. Norway: UNEP/GRID-Arendal.

2004

  • Harris, P., Hughes, M., Baker, E., Dalrymple, R., Keene, J. (2004). Sediment Transport From Distributary Channels To The Pro-Deltaic Environment In A Tidally-Dominated Delta: Fly River, Papua New Guinea. Continental Shelf Research, 24(19), 2431-2454.
  • Baker, E., Bournay, E., Harayama, A., Rekacewicz, P. (2004). Vital Waste Graphics. Norway: UNEP/GRID-Arendal.

2003

  • Baker, E., Dalrymple, C., Harris, P., Hughes, M. (2003). Sedimentary and stratigraphy of a tide-dominated forland-basin delta (Fly River, Papua New Guinea). In Sidi, Nummedal, Imbert, Darman, Posamentier (Eds.), Tropical Deltas of Southeast Asia: Sedimentology, stratigraphy, and petroleum geology, (pp. 147-173). USA: SEPM - Society for Sedimentary Geology.

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