- BSc Geographic Information Science (Hons)
- PhD Geomatics
- Geospatial Analysis
- Spatial Database Design
- Network Analysis
- Spatio-temporal Analysis for Urban Climate Modelling
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Dr. Tomas Holderness is a Geomatics Research Fellow at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong, where his research focuses on the use of geospatial analysis, Earth observation, and network modeling techniques applied to urban infrastructure resilience and Earth systems engineering. In collaboration with colleagues from Newcastle University (UK), Dr. Holderness developed a pioneering spatio-topological database schema for encoding, modelling, and analyzing spatial infrastructure networks, and their inter-dependencies. He has successfully applied this framework to model sanitation networks in rapidly-urbanizing developing regions of Africa using crowd-sourced data and volunteer geographic information. This work provided novel insight into the infrastructure challenges faced by developing nations, and allows the calculation of long-term operating costs of different improved sanitation network options.
Before joining the SMART Infrastructure Facility, Dr. Holderness worked as a spatial modeller for the Geospatial Engineering Research Group at Newcastle and was responsible for the development of an open-source integrated modelling environment for urban systems research. He developed a prototype framework that allowed the integration of models to create processing flow-lines and statistical ensembles for land-use change modelling. Prior to this research, Dr. Holderness’ PhD thesis analyzed long time series thermal Earth observation data to quantify intra-urban spatio-temporal temperature dynamics in Greater London, UK.