Professor Michael Hutchinson

B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc.,Dip.Comp.Sci, PhD, Sydney University
Emeritus Professor of Spatial and Temporal Analysis, Fenner School of Environment and Society
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Surfacewater Hydrology 040608
  • Climate Change Processes 040104
  • Stochastic Analysis And Modelling 010406
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development 070108
  • Surface Processes 040607
  • Atmospheric Radiation 040103
  • Climatology (Excl. Climate Change Processes) 040105
  • Applied Statistics 010401
  • Agricultural Spatial Analysis And Modelling 070104
  • Conservation And Biodiversity 050202
  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Geospatial Information Systems 090903
  • Physical Geography And Environmental Geoscience 0406
  • Environmental Science And Management 0502
  • Atmospheric Sciences 0401

Research interests

Major Research Interest:

Development and application of reliable and efficient techniques for the spatial and temporal analysis of environmental data, particularly meteorological and terrain data, for hydrological and ecological applications.

Particular Research Interests:

1. Thin plate smoothing analysis of scattered point data.

2. Topographic dependent spatial interpolation and analysis of monthly, weekly and daily climate.

3. Development and application of computer terrain and drainage models.

4. Development and application of spatially extended, stochastic daily weather models.

5. Stochastic calibration of climate change.

6. Spatial and temporal scale in hydro-ecological modelling.

7. Environmental modelling and geographic information systems.


Michael Hutchinson is recognised internationally for his contributions to the theory and practice of spatial and temporal analysis of environmental data. His methods for modelling of climate and terrain, as implemented in the ANUDEM, ANUSPLIN and ANUCLIM computer packages, are widely used to support hydrological and ecological modelling and the assessment of the impacts of climate change. His terrain modelling program ANUDEM has been incorporated into Arc/Info, the World's leading geographic information software system. His Australia-wide terrain and climate models have underpinned much of the natural resource and environmental analysis carried out by Australian Universities and Natural Resource Agencies over the last 30 years. He was awarded the International Society for Geormorphometry Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021.


Projects and Grants

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