Assoc Prof Stefan W Maier

Stefan is a graduated engineer (Diplom-Ingenieur FH) in Applied Physics (Fachhochschule Isny, 1993) and has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Engineering from the Technical University Munich in 2000 for his thesis "Modeling the radiative transfer in leaves in the 300nm to 2.5µm wavelength region taking into consideration chlorophyll fluorescence - the leaf model SLOPE".


The Leaf Model SLOPE

Stefan held Research Associate and Post-Doctoral positions at the German Aerospace Center where he was leading the MODIS Product Development Team.

A three month holiday in Australia sparked his interest in this beautiful country. And so when a job opportunity at Satellite Remote Sensing Services, Western Australian Land Information Authority came up in 2002 he moved to Perth with his partner and one year old son.

Here he soon learned about the importance of bushfires in Australia and that remote sensing is essential to monitor and manage them, especially in the north. One of his main achievements during this time is the development of an algorithm and system for automatic burnt area mapping delivering continental burnt area maps at 250m resolution which are updated twice per day.

In 2007 Stefan and his family moved to Darwin where he took up a position as Principal Research Fellow - Remote Sensing at Charles Darwin University.

Cape York Fires

Stefan's primary area of research is the physics of remote sensing. He is interested in utilising applied physics for monitoring dynamic processes in vegetation incl. vegetation/atmosphere energy and matter exchange using space- and air-borne remote sensing data.

His current focus lies in the remote sensing of bushfires (extend, intensity, severity, etc.) and resulting greenhouse gas and other emissions.

Stefan also has a strong interest in remote sensing sensor technology and the application of modern information technology, like cluster and distributed computing, for processing the huge amounts of data generated by current remote sensing systems.

Year Type Citation
2014 Journal Article Blondeau-Patissier, D. et al. ESA-MERIS 10-Year Mission Reveals Contrasting Phytoplankton Bloom Dynamics in Two Tropical Regions of Northern Australia. Remote Sensing 6, (2014).
2014 Journal Article Whiteside, T. G., Maier, S. W. & Boggs, G. S. Area-based and location-based validation of classified image objects. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 28, 117-130 (2014).
2014 Journal Article Price, O. F., Borah, R. & Maier, S. W. Role of weather and fuel in stopping fire spread in tropical savannas. Austral Ecology 39, 135-144 (2014).
2013 Journal Article Bui, T. D., Luong-Van, J. T., Maier, S. W. & Austin, C. Assessment and monitoring of nutrient loading in the sediments of tidal creeks receiving shrimp farm effluent in Quang Ninh, Vietnam. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 185, 8715-8731 (2013).
2013 Journal Article Bui, T. D., Maier, S. W. & Austin, C. Land cover and land use change related to shrimp farming in coastal areas of Quang Ninh, Vietnam using remotely sensed data. Environmental Earth Sciences (2013). doi:10.1007/s12665-013-2964-0
2013 Journal Article Maier, S. W., Russell-Smith, J., Edwards, A. C. & Yates, C. Sensitivity of the MODIS fire detection algorithm (MOD14) in the savanna region of the Northern Territory, Australia. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 76, 11-16 (2013).
2013 Journal Article Assoc Prof Hutley, L. B. et al. Impacts of an extreme cyclone event on landscape-scale savanna fire, productivity and greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental Research Letters 8, 045023 (2013).
2013 Journal Article Edwards, A. C., Maier, S. W., Assoc Prof Hutley, L. B., Williams, R. J. & Russell-Smith, J. Spectral analysis of fire severity in north Australian tropical savannas. Remote Sensing of Environment 136, 56 - 65 (2013).
2012 Book Chapter Maier, S. W. & Russell-Smith, J. Flammable Australia: fire regimes, biodiversity and ecosystems in a changing world (Bradstock, R. A., Gill, A. M. & Williams, R. J.) (CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 2012).
2012 Book Chapter Williams, R. J. et al. Flammable Australia: fire regimes, biodiversity and ecosystems in a changing world (Bradstock, R. A., Gill, A. M. & Williams, R. J.) (CSIRO Publishing, 2012).
2012 Conference Paper Blondeau-Patissier, D. et al. [Conference Proceeding] Great Barrier Reef phytoplankton bloom dynamics derived from satellite data. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (2012).
2012 Journal Article Bradstock, R. A. et al. Modelling the potential for prescribed burning to mitigate carbon emissions from wildfires in fire-prone forests of Australia. International Journal of Wildland Fire 21, (2012).
2012 Journal Article Meyer, M. C. P. et al. Direct measurements of the seasonality of emission factors from savanna fires in northern Australia. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres 117, (2012).
2011 Journal Article Smith, R. G. C. et al. Near real-time Feed on Offer from MODIS for early season grazing management of Mediterranean annual pastures. International Journal of Remote Sensing 32, 4445-4460 (2011).
2011 Patent Borg, E., Günther, K. P., Maier, S. W. & Fichtelmann, B. Verfahren und Vorrichtung zur mindestens teilweise automatisierten Auswertung von Fernerkundungsdaten. (2011).
2011 Journal Article Whiteside, T. G., Boggs, G. S. & Maier, S. W. Extraction of tree crowns from high resolution imagery over Eucalypt dominant tropical savannas. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 77, 813-824 (2011).
2011 Journal Article Whiteside, T. G., Boggs, G. S. & Maier, S. W. Comparing object-based and pixel-based classifications for mapping savannas. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 13, 884-893 (2011).
2010 Journal Article Roy, D. P., Boschetti, L., Maier, S. W. & Smith, A. M. S. Field estimation of ash color-lightness using a standard gray scale. International Journal of Wildland Fire 19, (2010).
2010 Journal Article Maier, S. W. Changes in surface reflectance from wildfires on the Australian continent measured by MODIS. International Journal of Remote Sensing 31, 3161–3176 (2010).
2009 Book Chapter Goessmann, F., Maier, S. W. & Lynch, M. J. Innovations in Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry 183-192 (Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2009).
2009 Book Chapter McAtee, B. K. & Maier, S. W. Innovations in Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry 149-160 (Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2009).
2009 Book Chapter Stovold, R. G. H. et al. Innovations in Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry 323-330 (Springer-Verlag, 2009).
2009 Patent Guenther, K. P., Fichtelmann, B., Maier, S. W. & Borg, E. Method and device for the at least semi-automated evaluation of remote sensing data. (2009).
2009 Book Chapter Russell-Smith, J. et al. Culture, Ecology and Economy of Fire Management in North Australia Savannas: Rekindling the Wurrk Tradition (Russell-Smith, J., Whitehead, P. J. & Cooke, P.) 329 - 360 (CSIRO Publishing, 2009). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:9001>
2009 Journal Article Russell-Smith, J. et al. Improving estimates of savanna burning emissions for greenhouse accounting in northern Australia: limitations, challenges, applications. International Journal of Wildland Fire 18, 1 - 18 (2009).
2009 Book Chapter Broomhall, M., McAtee, B. K. & Maier, S. W. Innovations in Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry 133-148 (Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2009).
2007 Journal Article Guenther, K. P. & Maier, S. W. AVHRR compatible vegetation index derived from MERIS data. International Journal of Remote Sensing 28, 693-708 (2007).
2007 Journal Article Smith, R. G. C. et al. Estimating the area of stubble burning from the number of active fires detected by satellite. Remote Sensing of Environment 109, 95-106 (2007).
2007 Journal Article Walz, Y., Maier, S. W., Dech, S. W., Conrad, C. & Colditz, R. R. Classification of burn severity using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS): A case study in the Jarrah-Marri forest of southwest Western Australia. Journal of Geophysical Research 112, (2007).
2006 Patent Maier, S. W. Verfahren zum Ableiten sonnenangeregten Fluoreszenzlichtes aus Strahldichtemessungen und Einrichtung zum Durchführen des Verfahrens. (2006).
2006 Journal Article McAtee, B. K. & Maier, S. W. A comparison of algorithms for near-real time water vapour retrieval from MODIS. International Journal of Remote Sensing 27, 5145-5163 (2006).
2005 Patent Borg, E., Guenther, K. P., Maier, S. W. & Fichtelmann, B. Verfahren und Vorrichtung zur mindestens teilweise automatisierten Auswertung von Fernerkundungsdaten. (2005).
2003 Book Chapter Maier, S. W., Guenther, K. P. & Stellmes, M. Digital Imaging and Spectral Techniques: Applications to Precision Agriculture and Crop Physiology 209-222 (American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, 2003).
2002 Patent Maier, S. W. Verfahren zum Ableiten sonnenangeregten Fluoreszenzlichtes aus Strahldichtemessungen. Method for measuring sunlight induced fluorescence. Procédé pour déterminer la fluorescence induite par le soleil. (2002).
2001 Patent Maier, S. W. Method of deriving sunlight induced fluorescence from radiance measurements and devices for executing the method. (2001).
2000 Thesis Maier, S. W. Modeling the radiative transfer in leaves in the 300nm to 2.5μm wavelength region taking into consideration chlorophyll fluorescence - The leaf model SLOPE. (2000).
1999 Journal Article Maier, S. W., Lüdeker, W. & Günther, K. P. SLOP: A revised version of the stochastic model for leaf optical properties. Remote Sensing of Environment 68, 273-280 (1999).

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