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 Linda Lilburne


 Landcare Research

 P.O. Box 69, Lincoln

Academic qualifications:

BSc, Victoria University (Mathematics), 1983

MSc, Otago University (Information Science), 1996

PhD started 1998.

Professional positions held:

1996-present Scientist, Landcare Research; spatial modelling and decision support systems

1994-1996 GIS Programmer, Landcare Research; development of tools to enable sustainable management of high country natural resources.

1992–1993 Project Leader, Digital Equipment Corp, Christchurch; manage team designing and developing a system to manage Telecom NZ’s digital network.

1989–1991 GIS Consultant, MVM Consultants, Bristol, UK; analyse, design, develop and manage GIS solutions for local authorities

1988–1989 Analyst/Programmer, DOSLI, Wellington; modifications to cadastral GIS

1986–1988 Analyst/Programmer, University of Exeter; statistical analysis and management of financial data.

Present research/professional speciality:

  • The effects of scale and scaling on environmental data and modelling.
  • Spatially distributed modelling.
  • DSS technology in environmental management
  • Integration of artificial intelligence technology, in particular expert systems, with geographic information systems (GIS).


Lilburne, L. (1996). The integration challenge. Proceedings of SIRC '96, Dunedin, New Zealand, p. 85-94.

Lilburne, L., G. Benwell, and R. Buick. (1997). GIS, expert systems and interoperability. Transactions in GIS.

Barringer, J. R. F., and L. R. Lilburne. (1997). An evaluation of digital elevation models for upgrading New Zealand land resource inventory slope data. Proceedings of GeoComputation 97 (incl. SIRC 97), Dunedin, NZ, p. 109-116.

Lilburne, L. 1997. Scale Issues in Environmental Data and Modelling. Landcare Internal Report (in prep.)

Lilburne, L. (ed) 1997. Proceedings of Workshop: "Modelling the Environment – the Scaling Problem" Lincoln 30th July 1997. Landcare Internal Report.

Lilburne, L., A. Hewitt, P. McIntosh, and I. Lynn. (1998). GIS-driven Models of Soil Properties in the High Country of the South Island. Proceedings of SIRC '98, Dunedin, New Zealand, pp. 173-180.

Barringer, J., and L. Lilburne. (1999). Scale issues in developing regional-scale soil water balance surfaces. Proceedings of SIRC '99, Dunedin, pp. 231-239.

Lilburne, L. R., A. E. Hewitt, I. Lynn, and G. L. Benwell. (1999). Some scale issues in spatial modelling of soil properties. Proceedings of Third conference of the working group on pedometrics of the international union of soil science, Sydney, pp. 53-55.

Webb, T. H., and L. R. Lilburne. (1999). Use of the LEACHM model and the DRASTIC index to map relative risk of groundwater contamination by pesticide leaching. Journal of Hydrology (NZ), 38(2): 271-288.

Lilburne, L. R., and G. Benwell. (2000). The Scale Matcher: determining scale compatibility of environmental data and models. Proceedings of Accuracy 2000, Amsterdam.

Lilburne, L., Sparling, G., Schipper, L., Hewitt, A., and Gibson, R. 2000. Soil quality indicators on the world wide web. In Environmental software systems: Environmental information and decision support. D. A. S. Ralf Denzer, Martin Purvis, Gerald and Schimak, eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, p. 131-141.

Lilburne, L., Watt, J., and Vincent, K. 1998. A prototype DSS to evaluate irrigation management plans. Computers and electronics in agriculture, 21, p. 95-105.

Webb, T. H., Lilburne, L. R., and Francis, G. S. 2000. Simulation of nitrate leaching using the GLEAMS simulation model for cropping in Canterbury. Australian Journal of Soil Science (submitted).

Cussins, T., O'Halloran, K., Lilburne, L., Cochrane, P., Hickey, C., Sheppard, D., Gough, J., Wickstrom, M., and Eason, C. 1999. Ecological risk assessment at contaminated sites in New Zealand. Proceedings of 11th Annual Waste Management Institute Conference NZ, Queenstown, NZ, p. 92-99.

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