Petter has a background in forest hydrology and geomorphology where he specialises in catchment modelling and advanced spatial analysis to provide land- and water- management sectors with decision-support tools that are underpinned by science. Using high-level computer programming (Matlab and Python) and GIS software he develops efficient workflows for maintaining, analysing and visualising spatial data and modelling earth-surface processes.
With his analytical mindset and advanced technical skillset in spatial analysis, Petter routinely uses big spatial data (NetCDFs, LiDAR, imagery, rasters and vector-based data inventories) for modelling geomorphic processes and the developing tools for evaluating erosion risk, assessing geomorphic hazards and designing plans or strategies for improved catchment management. Petter routinely works with remotely sensed data (Landsat, MODIS, LiDAR), climatology (e.g. spatial-temporal weather grids, stochastic weather generators, solar radiation models), spatial inventories (vegetation classes, soil types, geology) and geostatistical techniques (kriging, 3-D interpolation, classification algorithms) to map and model landscape-scale interactions between vegetation, terrain, weather and catchment processes.
Petter is an effective communicator and collaborator with experience in managing large projects with high technical complexity and multiple stakeholders in water supply, catchment, and fire management agencies across Australia. Petter has a strong track record of delivering valuable outcomes for clients and is passionate about using science communication and knowledge transfer as a means for informing and improving decision making.