School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences

Brian Lees

Professor Brian Lees

Emeritus Professor
BA, PhD Syd.


Telephone: +61 2 6268 8302
Fax: +61 2 6268 8017
Email: b.lees@adfa.edu.au
Location: PEMS North, Room 311


My UNSW Research Gateway Profile

Geographical Research

Sino-Australian Research Centre for Coastal Management (SARCCM)

Physical Geographer

Research Interests:

Global change, predictive mapping of land cover and land degradation.


Biography

Brian took up his appointment as Professor in Geography, PEMS, UNSW@ADFA in February 2006.

Brian was initially commissioned as a regular officer in the RAF, serving in the Middle East, Europe and Africa. After gaining civil commercial pilot's and flight navigator's licences he flew with ADASTRA on mineral exploration and mapping projects. He subsequently took a first-class honours degree in geomorphology from the University of Sydney. From 1977 he worked on a number of joint-venture projects becoming a director of two small exploration companies and the exploration manager of a third. This led him to form a company to carry out environmental and exploration services for larger organisations. Brian obtained a PhD, also from the University of Sydney, in 1984. He joined the ANU in 1985.

Research, Teaching & Professional Interests

Brian maintains an active research and teaching program focused on aspects of Global Change. The first phase was the construction of a database of geomorphic evidence for past climate change across northern Australia. In the second phase Brian set up a research program to improve the reliability of change detection techniques. This led to work in adapting inductive and data driven modelling techniques to the predictive mapping of land cover and land degradation. He and his students have built up comprehensive GIS databases based on a range of field sites. These have been used to test, and refine the use of inductive learning, and other artificial intelligence techniques such as neural networks and genetic algorithms, for environmental management. They have been very successful. Brian's research activity continues to be the development and application of tools to carry out integrated analysis of global data. Brian's teaching is intimately linked with this research.

Brian is editor of the International Journal of Geographic Information Science , is on the editorial board of GEOINFORMATICA and has just completed a term on the editorial board of Transactions in GIS.

Brian has been appointed as a Special Invited Professor, Institute of Soil and Water Conservation (ISWC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yanling, as an Adjunct Professor in the State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information Systems (LREIS), Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, and as a Member of the Academic Consultative Committee, Key Laboratory of Virtual Geographic Environment, Nanjing Normal University, Ministry of Education, China, and also as a Member of the Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Geography.  He is Chairman of the International Geographical Union Commission on Geographical Information Science.

Awards

Brian has received a number of awards for his work including the Australasian Institute of Spatial Information Science and Technology (AISIST) Prize in recognition of a "substantial contribution to the study of the science of Urban and Regional Information Systems", 1997; the Land Victoria Fellowship, University of Melbourne, 1999 and the Eminent Individual Award; Australasian Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (AURISA) 1999.

 

Selected Publications

Book
  1. Zhou, Q., Lees, B. G. & Tang, G. A. (eds), 2008, Advances in Digital Terrain Analysis, Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, Springer, 465pp.
Book Chapter
  1. Roddick, J. R & Lees, B. G., 2009, Spatio-temporal data mining paradigms and methodologies, in Geographic Data
    Mining and Knowledge Discovery
    , Second Edition, H. Miller & J. Han (eds), CRC Press, US, pp. 27-44.
  2. Lees, B. G., 2008, Progress in digital terrain analysis, in Advances in Digital Terrain Analysis, Q. Zhou, B. G. Lees & G. A. Tang (eds), Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, Springer, pp. 461-464.
  3. Lees, B. G., 2008, Remote Sensing , in A Handbook of GIS, J. P. Wilson & A. S. Fotheringham (eds), Blackwell, pp. 49-60, ISBN13:978-1-4051-0795-2.
  4. Lees, B.G., 2008, The language and grammar of maps, in The Collected Papers of the International Symposium on Historical Research of Plank Roads and Applications of 3S Technology, Shimen pp175-203.
  5. Jupp, D.L., Lees, B.G., Rui, L., & Suiping, F. 2008, The application of 3S technology to Plank Road research and
    development of spatial information systems in the Qinling and Daba Mountains: I. Geographical, Geological and
    Historical Background, The Collected Papers of the International Symposium on Historical Research of Plank
    Roads and Applications of 3S Technology
    (83, pp. 6-55), San Xi People's Education Publisher, China.
  6. Jupp, D.L., Lees, B.G., Rui, L., & Suiping, F. 2008, The application of 3S technology to Plank Road research and
    development of spatial information systems in the Qinling and Daba Mountains: II. 3S Technology and the
    Australia-China Project, The Collected Papers of the International Symposium on Historical Research of Plank
    Roads and Application of 3S Technology
    (23, pp. 55-77), Shan Xi People's Education Publisher, China.
  7. Lees, B. G., Zhi, H., Van Neil, K. & Laffan, S. W., 2008, The impact of DEM error on predictive vegetation mapping, in Advances in Digital Terrain Analysis, Q. Zhou, B. G. Lees & G. A. Tang (eds), Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, Springer, pp. 349-362.
  8. Zhou, Q., Lees, B. G. & Tang, G. A., 2008, Advances in digital terrain analysis: The TADTM initiative, in Advances in Digital Terrain Analysis, Q. Zhou, B. G. Lees & G. A. Tang (eds), Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, Springer, pp. 3-10.
  9. Lees, B. G., 2007, Natural resources information ~ a vital component of the next generation of LAS to support sustainable development, in Toward a Spatially Enabled Society, A. Rajabifard (ed.), Department of Geomatics, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, pp. 85-93.
Journal articles
  1. Lees, B., 2012, Australian geographers and geographical information science, Geographical Research, 50(4), 404-410, doi: 10.1111/j.1745-5871.2012.00777.x.
  2. Liang, Q., Wang, X.H. & Lees, B.G., 2011, Community participation in the management of marine protected areas in China, Labour and Management in Development, 11, 1-10. Available at: http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/lmd/article/viewFile/2135/2654.
  3. Panuju, D.R., Trisasongko, B.H., Susetyo, B., Raimadoya , M.A., & Lees, B.G., 2010, Historical fire detection of tropical
    forest from NDVI time-series data: Case study on Jambi, Indonesia, ITB Journal of Science, 42A(1), 49-66.
  4. Wen, Z., Lees, B.G., Jiao, F., Lei, W., & Shi, H., 2010, Stratified vegetation cover index: A new way to assess
    vegetation impact on soil erosion, Catena, 83(1), 87-93, doi:10.1016/j.catena.2010.07.006.
  5. Simmonds, F., Wang, X.H. & Lees, B.G., 2009, Comment on 'Marine GIS: Identification of mesoscale oceanic thermal fronts', International Journal of Geographic Information Science, 23(3), 369-373, doi:10.1080/13658810701851404.
  6. Jupp, D., Lees, B. G., Rui, L. & Suiping, F., 2008, Setting a framework of a map and information base for the Shu roads of the Qinling and Bashan mountain ranges, Shimen, in press.
  7. Zhao, L., Zhang, Y., Wang, X.H., Lees, B.G., 2008, Lesson from Australian Marine Parks for promoting the income of our fisher folk, Fisheries Economy Research, 2, 51-55.
  8. Zhao, L., Wang, X.H., Lees, B.G., 2008, Managing Australian Defence Force Activities in Marine Protected Areas: Using Jervic Bay as a Case Study, Ocean Economics Review of China, 2(1), 45-58.
  9. Lees, B. G., 2008, Just another Node?, International Journal of Geographic Information Science, 22(1), 1-3.
  10. Huang, Z. & Lees, B. G., 2007, Assessing a single classification accuracy measure to deal with the imprecision of location and class: Fuzzy weighted kappa versus kappa, Journal of Spatial Science, 52(1), 1-12.
  11. Trisasongko, B., Lees, B., & Paull, D., 2007, Discrimination of scatterer responses on tailings deposition zone using radar polarimetry, Sensing and Imaging: An International Journal, 8(3-4), 111-120.
  12. Lees, B. G., 2006, Formation of coastal dunes in northern and eastern Australia, Journal of Coastal Research, 22(1), 78-89.
  13. Lees, B. G., 2006, The spatial analysis of spectral data, Applied GIS , 2(2), 1-13.
  14. Trisasongko, B. H., Lees, B. G. & Paull, D. J., 2006, Polarimetric classification in a tailings deposition area at the Timika Mine Site, Indonesia, Mine Water and the Environment, 25(4), 246-250.
Conferences
  1. Joseph, V., Lees, B.G., Thornton, A., & Paull, D.J. 2010, Vulnerability assessment to sea level rise: Arriving at a
    systems perspective through the Integration of quantitative and qualitative approaches [poster], International Climate
    Change Adaptation Conference,
    Gold Coast Convention Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 29 June-1
    July, 2010.
  2. Srivastava, S.K., Lees, B.G., 2007, Application of environmental domain analysis for predicting freshwater fish distribution at a regional scale, GIS/Spatial Analyses in Fishery and Aquatic Sciences (Vol. 3), 3rd International Symposium on GIS/Spatial Analyses in Fishery and Aquatic Sciences, T Nishida, PJ Kailola & CE Hollingworth (eds), Shanghai, pp415-430.
  3. Lees, B. G., Yang, Q. K. & Jupp, D. L., 2007, Re-scaling terrain variables, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Geocomputation, National Centre for Geocomputation, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland, Sept 3-5 2007. Available at: http://ncg.nuim.ie/geocomputation/sessions/6B/6B3.pdf
  4. Lees, B. G., Van Niel, K. & Laffan, S. W., 2006, Predictive vegetation mapping and DEM error, in Proceedings of the International Symposium on Terrain and Digital Terrain Modelling, eds, China, pp. 1-7.
  5. Zhou, Q., Lees, B. G. & Tang, G., 2006, Terrain Analysis and Digital Terrain Modelling (TADTM 2006) China.
Selected PhD Student Theses