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Researcher: Watson, CS (Dr Christopher Watson)

Fields of Research

Geodesy
Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Physical oceanography
Glaciology
Natural hazards
Photogrammetry and remote sensing
Geospatial information systems and geospatial data modelling
Oceanography
Geodynamics
Geomatic engineering
Cosmology and extragalactic astronomy
Seismology and seismic exploration
Geophysics
Other physical sciences
Galactic astronomy
Surveying (incl. hydrographic surveying)
Satellite-based positioning
Climate change processes
Environmental engineering
Climatology
Geomorphology and earth surface processes
Navigation and position fixing
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Crop and pasture biochemistry and physiology
Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Surface water hydrology
Gravimetrics
Environmental management
Mesospheric, thermospheric, ionospheric and magnetospheric physics

Research Objectives

Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
Understanding climate change
Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
Social impacts of climate change and variability
Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
Natural hazards
Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems
Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes
Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean)
Other information and communication services
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
Communication
Other environmental management
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Climate variability (excl. social impacts)
Measurement and assessment of marine water quality and condition
Climate change models
Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
Civil building management and services
Weather
Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Measurement and assessment of estuarine water quality
Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
Expanding knowledge in engineering
Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
Environmental education and awareness
Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences
Ground water quantification, allocation and impact of depletion
Climatological hazards (e.g. extreme temperatures, drought and wildfires)
Other education and training

Career Best Publications

Absolute Calibration in Bass Strait, Australia: TOPEX, Jason-1 and OSTM/Jason-2; Marine Geodesy: An International Journal of Ocean Surveys, Mapping and Sensing
Atmospheric Effects and Spurious Signals in GPS Analysis; Journal of Geophysical Research
Australian sea levels - trends, regional variability and influencing factors; Earth Science Reviews
Characterizing and minimizing the effects of noise in tide gauge time series: relative and geocentric sea level rise around Australia; Geophysical Journal International
Detecting hydrologic deformation using GRACE and GPS; Geophysical Research Letters
Impact of solid Earth tide models on GPS coordinate and tropospheric time series; Geophysical Research Letters
Long GPS coordinate time series: Multipath and geometry effects; Journal of Geophysical Research
The increasing rate of global mean sea-level rise during 1993-2014; Nature Climate Change
TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason-1: Absolute Calibration in Bass Strait, Australia; Marine Geodesy
Twentieth century constraints on sea level change and earthquake deformation at Macquarie island; Geophysical Journal International
Unabated global mean sea-level rise over the satellite altimeter era; Nature Climate Change

Research Publications

A Comparison of Historical and Recent Sea Level Measurements at Port Arthur, Tasmania; The International Hydrographic Review
A decade of horizontal deformation from great earthquakes; Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth
A review of methodologies applied in Australian practice to evaluate long-term coastal adaptation options; Climate Risk Management
Absolute Calibration in Bass Strait, Australia: TOPEX, Jason-1 and OSTM/Jason-2; Marine Geodesy: An International Journal of Ocean Surveys, Mapping and Sensing
Absolute calibration of the TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason measurement systems: twenty years of monitoring from dedicated sites; 20 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry
Absolute Calibration of TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason-1 Using GPS Buoys in Bass Strait, Australia; Marine Geodesy
Advancing values-based approaches to climate change adaptation: a case study from Australia; Environmental Science and Policy
AGN Core Shift and Source Structure Effects on the VLBI Reference Frame Category; International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly
Amplified tides and surges in the Tamar Estuary, Tasmania; Australasian Coasts and Ports 2019 Conference: Future directions from 40 [degrees] S and beyond
An Australian contribution to CryoSat-II cal/val in East Antarctica including the Totten glacier region; 2010 AGU Fall Meeting
An Automated Technique for Generating Georectified Mosaics from Ultra-High Resolution Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Imagery, Based on Structure from Motion (SfM) Point Clouds; Remote Sensing
Antarctic surface mass balance: natural variability, noise and detecting new trends; Geophysical Research Letters
Assessing the feasibility of UAV-based LiDAR for high resolution forest change detection; The 12th Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Assessment of 3D hydrologic deformation using GRACE and GPS; AGU 2009
Atmospheric Effects and Spurious Signals in GPS Analysis; Journal of Geophysical Research
Australia-first as satellite laser system probes space from Tasmania
Australian sea levels - trends, regional variability and influencing factors; Earth Science Reviews
Australian Young Scientist of the Year and Climate Change
Australian Young Scientist of the Year and Spatial Information Science
Award opens up world of science
Bass Strait In-Situ Calibration Site: Trials of the French Transportable Laser Ranging System (FTLRS); Observing and Forecasting the Ocean: OSTST Meeting - GOAE Final Symposium - IDS Workshop
Beam me up Burnie as NASA laser lands
Burnie beams into project
Can your community cope with rising tides?
Characterizing and minimizing the effects of noise in tide gauge time series: relative and geocentric sea level rise around Australia; Geophysical Journal International
Characterizing spatial and temporal variability of lightning activity associated with wildfire over Tasmania, Australia; Fire
Christopher Watson Diary: Young Scientist of the Year Award winner reports from the UK
Coastal Tide Gauge Calibration: A Case Study at Macquarie Island Using GPS Buoy Techniques; Journal of Coastal Research
Comparison of MEMS-based and FOG-based IMUs to determine sensor pose on an unmanned aircraft system; Journal of Surveying Engineering
Continuous Monitoring of the Jason-1 and TOPEX/POSEIDON Ocean Altimetry Missions from Dedicated Calibration Sites; Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS '04)
CryoSat-2 validation over Law Dome and the Totten Glacier in East Antarctica - aircraft trajectory accuracy assessment; 20 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry
CryoSat-2: Monitoring the climate canary; Australian R&D Review
Data archaeology: sea level change at Macquarie Island since Mawson's 1912 expedition; Geophysical Research Abstracts
Describing adaptation tipping points in coastal flood risk management; Computers, Environment and Urban Systems
Detecting hydrologic deformation using GRACE and GPS; Geophysical Research Letters
Detecting pruning of individual stems using Airborne Laser Scanning data captured from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle; International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
Development of a UAV-LiDAR System with application to forest inventory; Remote Sensing
Development of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for hyper-resolution vineyard mapping based on visible, multispectral and thermal imagery; 34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment
Draconitic Biases in GPS Versus GRACE Estimates of Hydrology Category; International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly
Empirical modelling of site-specific errors in continuous GPS data; Journal of Geodesy
Environmental effects and the validation of GPS time series; 2010 Fall Meeting AGU
Error assessment and mitigation for hyper-temporal UAV-borne LiDAR surveys of forest inventory; SilviLaser 2011: 11th International Conference on LiDAR Applications for Assessing Forest Ecosystems
Error budget for geolocation of spectroradiometer point observations from an Unmanned Aircraft System; Sensors
Estimating long term sea level trends in East Antarctica; Polar Research - Arctic and Antarctic Perspectives in the International Polar Year: XXX SCAR/IASC IPY Open Science Conference
Estimating ocean tide loading displacements with GPS and GLONASS; Solid Earth
Estimating small-scale snow depth and ice thickness from total freeboard for East Antarctic sea ice; Deep-Sea Research II
Estimating vertical land motion and residual altimeter systematic errors using a Kalman-based approach; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Evaluating tree detection and segmentation routines on very high resolution UAV LiDAR data; IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Flow of the Amery Ice Shelf and its tributary glaciers; 18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
Flowerpots go overboard for climate change
Flowerpots Go Overboard for Climate Change; Australasian Science
Flowerpots Go Overboard for Climate Change
Flowerpots go overboard for climate change
Future sea level change from Antarctica's Lambert-Amery glacial system; Geophysical Research Letters
Geodetic vertical velocities affected by recent rapid changes in polar motion; Geophysical Journal International
GNSS/INS-equipped buoys for altimetry validation: lessons learnt and new directions from the Bass Strait Validation Facility; Remote Sensing
GPS-View: Visualising Geodetic GPS Time Series Analyses; Spatial Science Institute Biennial International Conference (SSC)
Great Earthquakes and the stability of the Australian Plate; 2010 Fall Meeting AGU
Great Earthquakes and the Stability of the Australian Plate: Implications for Terrestrial Reference Frame Definition (Invited); International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly
Historical sea level trends in the Southern Ocean from tide gauges; William Smith Meeting 2008: Observations and Causes of Sea-Level Changes on Millennial to Decadal Timescales
Impact of solid Earth tide models on GPS coordinate and tropospheric time series; Geophysical Research Letters
Improving the atmospheric pressure tide model for application in geodesy; Earth: Our Changing Planet. IUGG XXIV General Assembly Perugia, Italy 2007 IAG Symposia and Workshops
In situ Absolute Calibration and Validation - A link from Coastal to Open-Ocean Altimetry; Coastal Altimetry
In-situ calibration at the Bass Strait site, Australia; 2007 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting, Wrest Point, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, March 12-15, 2007
In-Situ Calibration at the Bass Strait Site, Australia; Observing and Forecasting the Ocean: OSTST Meeting - GOAE Final Symposium - IDS Workshop
In-situ Calibration: The Potential Benefits of Single-Pass, Multi-Site, Data Collection; 2010 Altimetry for Oceans and Hydrology Applications Workshop
Interannual variation of the Antarctic Ice Sheet from a combined analysis of satellite gravimetry and altimetry data; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Laser system trial hinges on the weather
Levelling co-located GNSS and tide gauge stations using GNSS reflectometry; Journal of Geodesy
Limitations in one-dimensional (an)elastic earth models for explaining GPS-observed M2 ocean tide loading displacements in New Zealand; Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth
Long GPS coordinate time series: Multipath and geometry effects; Journal of Geophysical Research
Long GPS coordinate time series: multipath and geometry effects; AGU 2009
Measuring sea level at Macquarie Island - How hard can it be?; School of Geography and Environmental Studies 2005 Conference
New Geodetic Infrastructure for Australia; Journal of Spatial Science
New geodetic infrastructure for Australia: The NCRIS/AuScope geospatial component; AGU 2009
Non-linear interactions between sea-level rise, tides, and geomorphic change in the Tamar Estuary, Australia; Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
Non-linear motions of Australian geodetic stations induced by non-tidal ocean loading and the passage of tropical cyclones; Journal of Geodesy
Ocean Beach, Tasmania: A swell-dominated shoreline reaches climate-induced recessional tipping point?; Marine Geology
On the uncertainty associated with validating the global mean sea level climate record; Advances in Space Research
Optimising airborne LiDAR surveys in the Antarctic pack ice zone; International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly
Organization of ice flow by localized regions of elevated geothermal heat flux; Geophysical Research Letters
Pathways into the unknown: can your community cope with rising tides?
Present‐day vertical land motion of Australia from GPS observations and geophysical models; JGR Solid Earth
Prized science of newsmaking
Rapid ice unloading in the Fleming Glacier region, southern Antarctic Peninsula, and its effect on bedrock uplift rates; Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Reduced ice mass loss and three-dimensional viscoelastic deformation in northern Antarctic Peninsula inferred from GPS; Geophysical Journal International
Regional deformation from the 2004 Macquarie Ridge great earthquake, Australia-Pacific plate boundary zone; AGU 2009
Remote leveling of tide gauges using GNSS reflectometry: case study at Spring Bay, Australia; GPS Solutions
Satellite altimeter calibration and validation using GPS buoy technology
Satellite laser an Australian first
Sea level trends in the Southern Ocean over the last century from historical data; Geophysical Research Abstracts
Sea level, crustal hazards and continental hydrology: Where are we at with GPS and Environmental Geodesy?; School of Geography and Environmental Studies Conference 2009
Sea-level trend uncertainty with Pacific climatic variability and temporally-correlated noise; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Sensitivity of the Lambert-Amery glacial system to geothermal heat flux; Annals of Glaciology
Spurious draconitic harmonic errors in GPS analyses; Geophysical Research Abstracts
Steering local government in Australia towards better informed long-term coastal adaptation decisions
Strategic adaptation pathway planning to manage sea-level rise and changing coastal flood risk; Environmental Science and Policy
Structural monitoring of cable-stayed bridge: analysis of GPS versus modeled deflections; Journal of Surveying Engineering
Subdaily signals in GPS observations and their effect at semiannual and annual periods; Geophysical Research Letters
Tassie's laser space probe
TerraWulf II: Many hands make light work of data analysis; Preview
The AuScope geodetic VLBI array; Journal of Geodesy
The Batman Bridge: Structural Monitoring using GPS; Advances in GPS Deformation Monitoring
The effects of frequency-dependent quasar variability on the celestial reference frame; Journal of Geodesy
The impact of solid Earth tide models on GPS time series analysis; Dynamic Planet 2005: Joint Assembly of the IAG, IAPSO and IABO
The increasing rate of global mean sea-level rise during 1993-2014; Nature Climate Change
Tide gauge calibration at Macquarie Island using GPS buoy techniques; European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2006
Tide Gauges in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic: Instrumentation and Calibration Issues from an Australian Perspective; Geodetic and Geophysical Observations in Antarctica: An Overview in the IPY Perspective
Top of the pots!
Top of the pots!
TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason-1: Absolute Calibration in Bass Strait, Australia; Marine Geodesy
Twentieth century constraints on sea level change and earthquake deformation at Macquarie island; Geophysical Journal International
Unabated global mean sea-level rise over the satellite altimeter era; Nature Climate Change
Uncertainty in geocenter estimates in the context of ITRF2014; Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth
Updated Results from the In Situ Calibration Site in Bass Strait, Australia; Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting
Updated Results from the In-Situ Calibration Site in Bass Strait, Australia; 2010 Altimetry for Oceans and Hydrology Applications Workshop
Validation of CryoSat-2 in the Totten Glacier and Law Dome Area, East Antarctica Category; International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly
Velocities of the Amery Ice Shelf's primary tributary glaciers, 2004-12; Antarctic Science
Young Scientist of the Year Award

Research Projects

Absolute Sea Level Change in the Australian and Antarctic Region; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Antarctic Mass Balance: Data Mining and Assimilation of Geogetic Observations; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Australian Antarctic Program Partnership; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DoIIS)
Earth's response to ice unloading: a unique GPS measurement from Antarctica; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Effect of geocentre motion on the Antarctic Ice mass balance; Universities Australia / Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) (UADAAD)
Environmental Geodesy: Variations of Sea Level and Water Storage in the Australian Region; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Establishing the Reference Frame Using Astronomical and Space-Geodetic Observations; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Geodetic GPS Time Series Analysis - Improving the Height Component of Geoscience Australia's Regional CORS Network; Curtin University (CURTIN)
Geophysical, Galactic, and Extra-galactic Science with the AuScope and ASKP Arrays; Australian Research Council (ARC)
GPS4 Sea Levels; European Union (EU)
ICECAP II; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
In-situ Validation of CryoSat-II: An Australian Contribution in East Antarctica; European Space Agency (ESA)
Interactions between ice shelf and ocean in the cavity beneath the Amery Ice Shelf; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Long-term monitoring of solid Earth deformation and structure in East Antarctica; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Mapping and Monitoring Saltmarsh Ecosystems in Tasmania with Novel Remote Sensing Techniques; Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust (WVS)
Mass Balance of the Totten Basin in East Antarctica: Estimation and Calibration from Ground, Air and Space-Based Observations (TOT-Cal); Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
NCRIS 5.13 Structure and Evolution of the Australian Continent [AuScope Component - Geospatial Satellite Laser Ranging SLR system (FLTRS)]; Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER)
Noiseless; Australian Academy of Science (AASc)
Outlet glacier dynamics in Princess Elizabeth Land; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Precision and accuracy of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) positioning with SBAS, SBAS DFMC and PPP - Application in Precision Agriculture: Project Demonstrator 8103; Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI)
Quantifying sea-level trends and extremes along Australia's coastal margin; Australian Research Council (ARC)
The Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Totten Ice Dynamics and Evolution; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Vertical land motion:constraints, errors and the contribution of sea level change; Australian Academy of Science (AASc)
What is happening in Enderby land?; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
The role of the Southern Ocean in sea level change
Tide monitoring in Tasmanian estuaries

Research Candidate Supervision

Develop an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Based on a Remote Controlled Helicopter for Multiscale Sampling of Vegetation
Ice Sheet Response to Enhanced Ice Shelf Basal Melt
Object-Based Image Analysis of Ultra-High Resolution Imagery Acquired over a Saltmarsh Environment by and Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
Optimising airbourne LiDAR positioning for remote area geophysical surveys
Optimising an Advanced VTOL UAV for Novel Environmental Remote Sensing Applications
Remote Sensing for Land Cover Classification and Change Detection
The Development and Application of a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Laser Scanning System for Forest Management
The mapping and monitoring of onshore and nearshore coastal and marine environments.