Dr Eleanor Bruce

Room 458

F09 - Madsen Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6443

Research interests

Eleanor’s research interests focus on the geographical dimensions of coupled human-environment systems and how spatial models can be used to examine drivers of change. This has involved investigating biophysical coastal process response to climate variability, landscape change detection and the role of participatory mapping and Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) in building socio-ecological resilience. She has worked on interdisciplinary research projects in Cambodia focused on geo‐spatial technologies for monitoring environmental change involving collaboration with local conservation management authorities, government agencies and UNESCO.

The nexus of water-energy-food security is integral for ensuring climate compatible development. Eleanor’s recent work as part of an interdisciplinary collaboration has focused on methods for incorporating sustainable livelihoods within these nexus relationships. This has involved using spatial modelling and remote sensing to assess environmental livelihood security (ELS) in coastal environments of the South Pacific.

Teaching and supervision

Master of Marine Science and Management, Program Coordinator

GEOS3014/3914 GIS in Coastal Management, Unit Coordinator

GEOS 2111/2911 Natural Hazards: A GIS Approach

GEOS 1001 Earth, Environment and Society

MARS5507 Marine Research Project A / MARS5508 Marine Research Project B

Current Honours

Alexandra Jones, Examining the influence of sea surface conditions on cetacean distribution patterns

James Simpson, Examining socio-ecological resilience in flood-prone areas using remote sensing: Ba catchment, Fiji

Recent Higher Degree Supervision:

Dr Kevin Davies (2014), Mapping changes in vegetation cover using multiple satellite sensors: a case study of Phnom Kulen National Park, Cambodia

Dr Nathan Wales (2012) Combining remote sensing change detection and qualitative data to examine landscape change in the context of world heritage

Current research students

Project title Research student
Assessing the potential,application, and implications of volunteered geographic information (VGI) in disaster risk reduction Billy HAWORTH
Assessing the potential,application, and implications of volunteered geographic information (VGI) in disaster risk reduction Billy HAWORTH
Integrated Geospatial Management System of Sydney Harbor Area Chunhua ZHANG

As Deputy Node Leader for the University of Sydney Space Science program, SpaceNet, my work has contributed to interdisciplinary collaborations between science, social science and policy in dealing with issues of environmental change, socio-ecological resilience and sustainability through the use of Earth observation data.

International links

Fiji

(The University of the South Pacific) Contact: Dr Nathan Wales Project: The Role of Geospatial Information for Assessing Environmental Livelihood Security in the South Pacific

Netherlands

(University of Twente, Faculty ITC) Contact: Prof Andrew Skidmore Project: Erasmus Mundus joint European Master of Science (MSc) Course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management (GEM)

New Zealand

(University of Auckland) Contact: Prof Andreas Neef Project:Climate Change Adaptation in Post-Disaster Recovery Processes: Flood-Affected Communities in Cambodia and Fiji http://www.climatechangeplus.net/

Selected grants

2016

  • The role of spatial modelling and remote sensing for assessing environmental livelihood security in coastal environments; Bruce E; Faculty of Science/Seed Funding.

2015

  • The role of geospatial information in assessing environmental livelihood security within the water-energy-food nexus; Bruce E, Van Ogtrop F; Pace-Net Plus/Seed-Finding.

2013

  • Space SyReNS; Cairns I, Muller R, Bland-Hawthorn J, Crawford J, Lenzen M, Odeh I, Ivers D, Wu X, Sukkarieh S, Khachan J, Rey P, Vila-Concejo A, Bruce E, Murphy R, Leon-Saval S; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2004

  • Examining the spacial relationship between intertidal sedimentation and coastal wetland communities; Bruce E; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).
  • Living with Heritage: Integrating time place and culture for World Heritage conservation; Fletcher R, Johnson I, Bruce E; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Bruce, E. (2004). Spatial Uncertainty In Marine And Coastal GIS. In Darius Bartlett & Jennifer Smith (Eds.), GIS for Coastal Zone Management, (pp. 51-62). US: CRC Press.
  • Bartlett, D., Bruce, E. (2002). Quality Control in Coastal GIS. In B.C. Sain, I. Pavlin and S. Belfiore (Eds.), Sustainable Coastal Management: A Transatlantic and Euro-Mediterranean Perspective, (pp. 221-239). United States: Springer.

Journals

  • Haworth, B., Bruce, E. (2015). A Review of Volunteered Geographic Information for Disaster Management. Geography Compass, 9(5), 237-250. [More Information]
  • Haworth, B., Bruce, E., Middleton, P. (2015). Emerging technologies for risk reduction: Assessing the potential use of social media and VGI for increasing community engagement. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 30(3), 36-41.
  • Biggs, E., Bruce, E., Boruff, B., Duncan, J., Horsley, J., Pauli, N., McNeill, K., Neef, A., Van Ogtrop, F., Curnow, J., Haworth, B., Duce, S., et al (2015). Sustainable development and the water-energy-food nexus: A perspective on livelihoods. Environmental Science and Policy, 54, 389-397. [More Information]
  • Goltsman, D., Li, Z., Bruce, E., Darton, A., Thornbury, K., Maitz, P., Kennedy, P. (2015). Too hot to handle? Hot water bottle injuries in Sydney, Australia. Burns, 41(4), 770-777. [More Information]
  • Bruce, E., Albright, L., Sheehan, S., Blewitt, M. (2014). Distribution patterns of migrating humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Jervis Bay, Australia: A spatial analysis using geographical citizen science data. Applied Geography, 54, 83-95. [More Information]
  • Goltsman, D., Li, Z., Bruce, E., Maitz, P. (2014). Geospatial and epidemiological analysis of severe burns in New South Wales by residential postcodes. Burns, 40, 670-682. [More Information]
  • Owers, C., Kavanagh, R., Bruce, E. (2014). Remote sensing can locate and assess the changing abundance of hollow-bearing trees for wildlife in Australian native forests. Wildlife Research, 41(8), 703-716. [More Information]
  • Duce, S., Vila-Concejo, A., Hamylton, S., Bruce, E., Webster, J. (2014). Spur and groove distribution, morphology and relationship to relative wave exposure, Southern Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Journal of Coastal Research, 70, 115-120. [More Information]
  • Haworth, B., Bruce, E., Iveson, K. (2013). Spatio-temporal analysis of graffiti occurrence in an inner-city urban environment. Applied Geography, 38, 53-63. [More Information]
  • Taylor, C., Liu, B., Bruce, E., Burns, B., Jan, S., Myburgh, J. (2012). Primary scene responses by Helicopter Emergency Medical Services in New South Wales Australia 2008-2009. BMC Health Services Research, 12(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Hickey, D., Bruce, E. (2010). Examining Tidal Inundation and Salt Marsh Vegetation Distribution Patterns using Spatial Analysis (Botany Bay, Australia). Journal of Coastal Research, 26(1), 94-102. [More Information]
  • Fletcher, R., Johnson, I., Bruce, E., Khuon, K. (2007). Living with heritage: Site monitoring and heritage values in Greater Angkor and the Angkor World Heritage Site, Cambodia. World Archaeology, 39(3), 385-405. [More Information]
  • Waugh, J., Neave, M., Bruce, E. (2007). The impact of varying rainfall conditions on the quality of runoff entering Wamberal Lagoon, New South Wales, Australia. Physical Geography, 28(1), 37-49.
  • Halley, V., Bruce, E. (2007). Thematic accuracy assessment of acoustic seabed data for shallow benthic habitat mapping. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 64(1), 93-107. [More Information]
  • Bruce, E., Eliot, I. (2006). A spatial model for marine park zoning. Coastal Management, 34(1), 17-38. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Bruce, E., Albright, L., Blewitt, M. (2013). Distribution patterns of migrating humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother-calf groups in Jervis Bay, Australia: A geostatistical analysis. _CoastGIS 2013, _University of Victoria: CoastGIS.
  • Bruce, E., Bruce, L., Cowell, P. (2011). Incorporating geomorphic zonation in nutrient models for coastal-estuarine environments: coupling GIS and aquatic ecosystem modeling. 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation MODSIM 2011, Canberra, Australia: Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc (MSSANZ).
  • Hickey, D., Bruce, E. (2007). Spatial modelling of coastal saltmarsh Species distribution patterns and elevation dependent tidal inundation within Botany Bay, Australia. Coast GIS 2006, Wollongong: Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources & Security(ANCORS).
  • Bruce, E. (2003). Building upon an evolving field of spatial inquiry: recent developments in GIS applications in Australia. Geography's New Frontiers Conference, Sydney, NSW: The Geographical Society of New South Wales.
  • Bruce, E., Cowell, P., Stolper, D. (2003). Development of a GIS-based estuary sedimentation model. Coastal GIS 2003: an integreated approach to Australian coastal issues, Wollongong: University of Wollongong.

Report

  • Biggs, E., Boruff, B., Bruce, E., Duncan, J., Haworth, B., Duce, S., Horsley, J., Curnow, J., Neef, A., McNeill, K., Van Ogtrop, F., et al (2015). Environmental Livelihood Security in Southeast Asia and Oceania.
  • Biggs, E., Boruff, B., Bruce, E., Duncan, J., Haworth, B., Duce, S., Horsley, J., Curnow, J., Neef, A., McNeill, K., Van Ogtrop, F., et al (2014). A Water-Energy-Food-Livelihoods Nexus Approach for Spatially Assessing Change.
  • Biggs, E., Boruff, B., Bruce, E., Duncan, J., Haworth, B., Duce, S., Horsley, J., Curnow, J., Neef, A., McNeill, K., Van Ogtrop, F., et al (2014). Environmental Livelihood Security in Southeast Asia and Oceania: A Water-Energy-Food-Livelihoods Nexus Approach for Spatially Assessing Change.

2015

  • Haworth, B., Bruce, E. (2015). A Review of Volunteered Geographic Information for Disaster Management. Geography Compass, 9(5), 237-250. [More Information]
  • Haworth, B., Bruce, E., Middleton, P. (2015). Emerging technologies for risk reduction: Assessing the potential use of social media and VGI for increasing community engagement. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 30(3), 36-41.
  • Biggs, E., Boruff, B., Bruce, E., Duncan, J., Haworth, B., Duce, S., Horsley, J., Curnow, J., Neef, A., McNeill, K., Van Ogtrop, F., et al (2015). Environmental Livelihood Security in Southeast Asia and Oceania.
  • Biggs, E., Bruce, E., Boruff, B., Duncan, J., Horsley, J., Pauli, N., McNeill, K., Neef, A., Van Ogtrop, F., Curnow, J., Haworth, B., Duce, S., et al (2015). Sustainable development and the water-energy-food nexus: A perspective on livelihoods. Environmental Science and Policy, 54, 389-397. [More Information]
  • Goltsman, D., Li, Z., Bruce, E., Darton, A., Thornbury, K., Maitz, P., Kennedy, P. (2015). Too hot to handle? Hot water bottle injuries in Sydney, Australia. Burns, 41(4), 770-777. [More Information]

2014

  • Biggs, E., Boruff, B., Bruce, E., Duncan, J., Haworth, B., Duce, S., Horsley, J., Curnow, J., Neef, A., McNeill, K., Van Ogtrop, F., et al (2014). A Water-Energy-Food-Livelihoods Nexus Approach for Spatially Assessing Change.
  • Bruce, E., Albright, L., Sheehan, S., Blewitt, M. (2014). Distribution patterns of migrating humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Jervis Bay, Australia: A spatial analysis using geographical citizen science data. Applied Geography, 54, 83-95. [More Information]
  • Biggs, E., Boruff, B., Bruce, E., Duncan, J., Haworth, B., Duce, S., Horsley, J., Curnow, J., Neef, A., McNeill, K., Van Ogtrop, F., et al (2014). Environmental Livelihood Security in Southeast Asia and Oceania: A Water-Energy-Food-Livelihoods Nexus Approach for Spatially Assessing Change.
  • Goltsman, D., Li, Z., Bruce, E., Maitz, P. (2014). Geospatial and epidemiological analysis of severe burns in New South Wales by residential postcodes. Burns, 40, 670-682. [More Information]
  • Owers, C., Kavanagh, R., Bruce, E. (2014). Remote sensing can locate and assess the changing abundance of hollow-bearing trees for wildlife in Australian native forests. Wildlife Research, 41(8), 703-716. [More Information]
  • Duce, S., Vila-Concejo, A., Hamylton, S., Bruce, E., Webster, J. (2014). Spur and groove distribution, morphology and relationship to relative wave exposure, Southern Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Journal of Coastal Research, 70, 115-120. [More Information]

2013

  • Bruce, E., Albright, L., Blewitt, M. (2013). Distribution patterns of migrating humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother-calf groups in Jervis Bay, Australia: A geostatistical analysis. _CoastGIS 2013, _University of Victoria: CoastGIS.
  • Haworth, B., Bruce, E., Iveson, K. (2013). Spatio-temporal analysis of graffiti occurrence in an inner-city urban environment. Applied Geography, 38, 53-63. [More Information]

2012

  • Taylor, C., Liu, B., Bruce, E., Burns, B., Jan, S., Myburgh, J. (2012). Primary scene responses by Helicopter Emergency Medical Services in New South Wales Australia 2008-2009. BMC Health Services Research, 12(1), 1-9. [More Information]

2011

  • Bruce, E., Bruce, L., Cowell, P. (2011). Incorporating geomorphic zonation in nutrient models for coastal-estuarine environments: coupling GIS and aquatic ecosystem modeling. 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation MODSIM 2011, Canberra, Australia: Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc (MSSANZ).

2010

  • Hickey, D., Bruce, E. (2010). Examining Tidal Inundation and Salt Marsh Vegetation Distribution Patterns using Spatial Analysis (Botany Bay, Australia). Journal of Coastal Research, 26(1), 94-102. [More Information]

2007

  • Fletcher, R., Johnson, I., Bruce, E., Khuon, K. (2007). Living with heritage: Site monitoring and heritage values in Greater Angkor and the Angkor World Heritage Site, Cambodia. World Archaeology, 39(3), 385-405. [More Information]
  • Hickey, D., Bruce, E. (2007). Spatial modelling of coastal saltmarsh Species distribution patterns and elevation dependent tidal inundation within Botany Bay, Australia. Coast GIS 2006, Wollongong: Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources & Security(ANCORS).
  • Waugh, J., Neave, M., Bruce, E. (2007). The impact of varying rainfall conditions on the quality of runoff entering Wamberal Lagoon, New South Wales, Australia. Physical Geography, 28(1), 37-49.
  • Halley, V., Bruce, E. (2007). Thematic accuracy assessment of acoustic seabed data for shallow benthic habitat mapping. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 64(1), 93-107. [More Information]

2006

  • Bruce, E., Eliot, I. (2006). A spatial model for marine park zoning. Coastal Management, 34(1), 17-38. [More Information]

2004

  • Bruce, E. (2004). Spatial Uncertainty In Marine And Coastal GIS. In Darius Bartlett & Jennifer Smith (Eds.), GIS for Coastal Zone Management, (pp. 51-62). US: CRC Press.

2003

  • Bruce, E. (2003). Building upon an evolving field of spatial inquiry: recent developments in GIS applications in Australia. Geography's New Frontiers Conference, Sydney, NSW: The Geographical Society of New South Wales.
  • Bruce, E., Cowell, P., Stolper, D. (2003). Development of a GIS-based estuary sedimentation model. Coastal GIS 2003: an integreated approach to Australian coastal issues, Wollongong: University of Wollongong.

2002

  • Bartlett, D., Bruce, E. (2002). Quality Control in Coastal GIS. In B.C. Sain, I. Pavlin and S. Belfiore (Eds.), Sustainable Coastal Management: A Transatlantic and Euro-Mediterranean Perspective, (pp. 221-239). United States: Springer.

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