Dr Patricia Saco

Future Fellow

School of Engineering (Environmental Engineering)

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise
- Hydrology - Water Resources Management - Ecogeomorphology - Ecohydrology


Qualifications

  • PhD (Civil Engineering), University of Illinois

Keywords

  • Ecogeomorphology
  • Ecohydrology
  • Environmental Engineering Design
  • Erosion and landform evolution
  • Hydroclimatology
  • Hydrology
  • River Networks

Languages

  • Spanish (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
040699 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience not elsewhere classified 25
090509 Water Resources Engineering 35
090702 Environmental Engineering Modelling 40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2013 - 1/12/2013 Fellow - UON University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia
1/01/2013 -  Editorial Board - Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (European Geophysical Union) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (European Geophysical Union)
United Kingdom
1/01/2013 -  Editorial Board - Associate Editor Water Resources Research (American Geophysical Union Journal) Associate Editor Water Resources Research (American Geophysical Union Journal)
Australia
1/07/2006 - 1/12/2006 Visiting Scholar University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
Geography / Civil and Environmental Engineering
United States
1/03/2004 - 1/03/2007 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Newcastle
School of Engineering and Built Environments
Australia
1/03/2003 - 1/03/2004 Research Associate University of Newcastle
School of Engineering and Built Environments
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
24/07/2015 Member - NASA's Earth System Scholars Network (ESSN) NASA's Earth System Scholars Network (ESSN)
United States

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
External Consultant UNESCO
Centre for Hydro-environmental Research, University of Rosario
Argentina

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
2005 Lorenz Straub Medal for best PhD dissertation in the world in the field of Hydraulics and Hydrology
University of Minnesota
2004 Best PhD Dissertation Award in Water Resources Research
Universities Council on Water Resources
2002 National Research Council Research Associates Award
The National Academies - National Research Council
2001 Glenn E. and Helen L. Stout Water Resources Research Award
University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
1997 Earth System Science Fellowship
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Carpi LC, Saco PM, Figliola A, Serrano E, Rosso OA, 'Analysis of an EL Nino-Southern Oscillation proxy record using Information Theory quantifiers', Concepts and Recent Advances in Generalized Information Measures and Statistics, Bentham Science Publishers, Sharjah 309-340 (2013) [B1]
DOI 10.2174/9781608057603113010018
2013 Saco PM, Rodriguez JF, 'Modeling ecogeomorphic systems', Treatise on Geomorphology Voume 2: Quantitative Modeling of Geomorphology, Academic Press, MA, USA 201-220 (2013) [B1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Jose Rodriguez
2012 Carpi LC, Saco PM, Rosso OA, Ravetti MG, 'Dynamics of climate networks', Dynamics of Information Systems: Mathematical Foundations, Springer, New York 157-173 (2012) [B1]
2008 Saco PM, Kumar P, 'Hydrologic dispersion in fluvial networks', River Confluences, Tributaries and the Fluvial Network, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken 307-335 (2008) [B1]
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Journal article (23 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Chen M, Willgoose GR, Saco PM, 'Investigating the impact of leaf area index temporal variability on soil moisture predictions using remote sensing vegetation data', Journal of Hydrology, 522 274-284 (2015)

The impact of leaf area index (LAI) seasonality on three-year (2005-2007) daily soil moisture predictions was investigated for two different land surface models (IBIS and HYDRUS) ... [more]

The impact of leaf area index (LAI) seasonality on three-year (2005-2007) daily soil moisture predictions was investigated for two different land surface models (IBIS and HYDRUS) at the Stanley semi-arid grassland field site. Three daily LAI time series derived from different empirical NDVI-LAI relationships using the MODIS NDVI data were used in the analysis. Calibration results from both models consistently suggested that an average LAI over time, rather than a time varying daily LAI, was sufficient to reproduce daily soil moisture at our site. We did, however, find that the sensitivity of the impact of LAI time variability on soil moisture estimation was a function of soil parameters. The influence of LAI time variation on the soil moisture simulations is controlled by the sensitivity of modelled soil moisture to the average LAI values over that period, and soil parameters affected the sensitivity of the model to LAI. Those parameter sets that were most sensitive to the long-term mean LAI were also those that were the most sensitive to the time variability. In our case, model calibrations using a constant LAI adjusted the soil parameters to reduce the impact of LAI variability. Results also suggested that the LAI variability could be significant if the varying LAI approached a very low level (i.e. LAI. <. 1) for a significant proportion of the simulation period. This is most likely to be the case for short grasses in grasslands.

DOI 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.12.027
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2015 Chen M, Willgoose GR, Saco PM, 'Evaluation of the hydrology of the IBIS land surface model in a semi-arid catchment', Hydrological Processes, 29 653-670 (2015)

This paper evaluates the Integrated BIosphere Simulator (IBIS) land surface model using daily soil moisture data over a 3-year period (2005-2007) at a semi-arid site in southeaste... [more]

This paper evaluates the Integrated BIosphere Simulator (IBIS) land surface model using daily soil moisture data over a 3-year period (2005-2007) at a semi-arid site in southeastern Australia, the Stanley catchment, using the Monte Carlo generalized likelihood uncertainty estimation (GLUE) approach. The model was satisfactorily calibrated for both the surface 30cm and full profile 90cm. However, full-profile calibration was not as good as that for the surface, which results from some deficiencies in the evapotranspiration component in IBIS. Relatively small differences in simulated soil moisture were associated with large discrepancies in the predictions of surface runoff, drainage and evapotranspiration. We conclude that while land surface schemes may be effective at simulating heat fluxes, they may be ineffective for prediction of hydrology unless the soil moisture is accurately estimated. Sensitivity analyses indicated that the soil moisture simulations were most sensitive to soil parameters, and the wilting point was the most identifiable parameter. Significant interactions existed between three soils parameters: porosity, saturated hydraulic conductivity and Campbell 'b' exponent, so they could not be identified independent of each other. There were no significant differences in parameter sensitivity and interaction for different hydroclimatic years. Even though the data record contained a very dry year and another year with a very large rainfall event, this indicated that the soil model could be calibrated without the data needing to explore the extreme range of dry and wet conditions. IBIS was much less sensitive to vegetation parameters. The leaf area index (LAI) could affect the mean of daily soil moisture time series when LAI<1, while the variance of the soil moisture time series was sensitive to LAI>1. IBIS was insensitive to the Jackson rooting parameter, suggesting that the effect of the rooting depth distribution on predictions of hydrology was insignificant.

DOI 10.1002/hyp.10156
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2015 Okin GS, Moreno-de las Heras M, Saco PM, Throop HL, Vivoni ER, Parsons AJ, et al., 'Connectivity in dryland landscapes: shifting concepts of spatial interactions', FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, 13 20-27 (2015)
DOI 10.1890/140163
Citations Web of Science - 2
2014 Chen M, Willgoose GR, Saco PM, 'Spatial prediction of temporal soil moisture dynamics using HYDRUS-1D', HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES, 28 171-185 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/hyp.9518
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2013 Saco PM, Moreno-De Las Heras M, 'Ecogeomorphic coevolution of semiarid hillslopes: Emergence of banded and striped vegetation patterns through interaction of biotic and abiotic processes', Water Resources Research, 49 115-126 (2013) [C1]

Nonlinear interactions between physical and biological factors give rise to the emergence of remarkable landform-vegetation patterns. Patterns of vegetation and resource redistrib... [more]

Nonlinear interactions between physical and biological factors give rise to the emergence of remarkable landform-vegetation patterns. Patterns of vegetation and resource redistribution are linked to productivity and carrying capacity of the land. As a consequence, growing concern over ecosystem resilience to perturbations that could lead to irreversible land degradation imposes a pressing need for understanding the processes, nonlinear interactions, and feedbacks, leading to the coevolution of these patterns. For arid and semiarid regions, causes for concern have increased at a rapid pace during the last few decades due to growing anthropic and climatic pressures that have resulted in the degradation of numerous areas worldwide. This paper aims at improving our understanding of the ecogeomorphic evolution of landscape patterns in semiarid areas with a sparse biomass cover through a modeling approach. A coupled vegetation-pattern formation and landform evolution model is used to study the coevolution of vegetation and topography over centennial timescales. Results show that self-organized vegetation patterns strongly depend on feedbacks with coevolving landforms. The resulting patterns depend on the erosion rate and mechanism (dominance of either fluvial or diffusive processes), which are affected by biotic factors. Moreover, results show that ecohydrologic processes leading to banded pattern formation, when coupled with landform processes, can also lead to completely different patterns (stripes of vegetation along drainage lines) that are equally common in semiarid areas. These findings reinforce the importance of analyzing the coevolution of landforms and vegetation to improve our understanding of the patterns and structures found in nature. ©2012. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.

DOI 10.1029/2012WR012001
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2012 Moreno-De Las Heras M, Saco PM, Willgoose GR, 'A comparison of SRTM V4 and ASTER GDEM for Hydrological applications in low relief terrain', Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 78 757-766 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2012 Moreno De Las Heras M, Saco PM, Willgoose GR, Tongway DJ, 'Variations in hydrological connectivity of Australian semiarid landscapes indicate abrupt changes in rainfall-use efficiency of vegetation', Journal of Geophysical Research, 117 1-15 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1029/2011JG001839
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2012 Rosso OA, Carpi LC, Saco PM, Ravetti MG, Plastino A, Larrondo HA, 'Causality and the entropy-complexity plane: Robustness and missing ordinal patterns', Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and Its Applications, 391 42-55 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13
2012 Carpi LC, Saco PM, Rosso OA, Ravetti MG, 'Structural evolution of the Tropical Pacific climate network', European Physical Journal B, 85 1-7 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
2012 Rosso OA, Carpi LC, Saco PM, Ravetti MG, Larrondo HA, Plastino A, 'The Amigó paradigm of forbidden/missing patterns: A detailed analysis', The European Physical Journal B, 85 1-12 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2011 Carpi LC, Rosso OA, Saco PM, Ravetti MG, 'Analyzing complex networks evolution through Information Theory quantifiers', Physics Letters A, 375 801-804 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.physleta.2010.12.038
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 7
2011 Moreno De Las Heras M, Saco PM, Willgoose GR, Tongway DJ, 'Assessing landscape structure and pattern fragmentation in semiarid ecosystems using patch-size distributions', Ecological Applications, 21 2793-2805 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2010 Saco PM, Carpi LC, Figliola A, Serrano E, Rosso OA, 'Entropy analysis of the dynamics of El Nino/Southern Oscillation during the Holocene', Physica A-Statistical Mechanics and Its Applications, 389 5022-5027 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.physa.2010.07.006
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 21
2010 Carpi LC, Saco PM, Rosso OA, 'Missing ordinal patterns in correlated noises', Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 389 2020-2029 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.physa.2010.01.030
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 15
2009 Howe A, Rodriguez JF, Saco PM, 'Surface evolution and carbon sequestration in disturbed and undisturbed wetland soils of the Hunter estuary, southeast Australia', Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 84 75-83 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ecss.2009.06.006
Citations Scopus - 36Web of Science - 29
Co-authors Jose Rodriguez
2007 Saco PM, Willgoose GR, Hancock GR, 'Eco-geomorphology of banded vegetation patterns in arid and semi-arid regions', Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 11 1717-1730 (2007) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 58Web of Science - 54
Co-authors Greg Hancock, Garry Willgoose
2006 Saco PM, Willgoose GR, Hancock GR, 'Spatial organization of soil depths using a landform evolution model', Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, 111 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1029/2005JF000351
Co-authors Garry Willgoose, Greg Hancock
2004 White AB, Kumar P, Saco PM, Rhoads BL, Yen BC, 'Hydrodynamic and geomorphologic dispersion: scale effects in the Illinois River Basin', JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGY, 288 237-257 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2003.10.019
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13
2004 Saco PM, Kumar P, 'Kinematic Dispersion Effects Of Hillslope Velocities', Water Resources Research, Vol. 40 1-12 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1029/2003WR002024
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 20
2003 White AB, Kumar P, Saco PM, Rhoads BL, Yen BC, 'Changes in hydrologic response due to stream network extension via land drainage activities', JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION, 39 1547-1560 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2003.tb04438.x
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2002 Saco PM, Kumar P, 'Kinematic dispersion in stream networks - 1. Coupling hydraulic and network geometry', WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 38 (2002) [C1]
DOI 10.1029/2001WR000695
Citations Scopus - 43Web of Science - 48
2002 Saco PM, Kumar P, 'Kinematic dispersion in stream networks - 2. Scale issues and self-similar network organization', WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 38 (2002) [C1]
DOI 10.1029/2001WR000694
Citations Scopus - 23Web of Science - 21
2000 Saco P, Kumar P, 'Coherent modes in multiscale variability of streamflow over the United States', Water Resources Research, 36 1049-1067 (2000) [C1]

Motivated by the need to understand large-scale hydrologic response, significant research has been directed toward the identification of coherent regions using characteristics of ... [more]

Motivated by the need to understand large-scale hydrologic response, significant research has been directed toward the identification of coherent regions using characteristics of streamflow variability. Typically, these regions are delineated using principal component analysis on streamflow. This method does not account for differences in temporal scales of fluctuations embedded in the time series. To capture this, we use wavelet spectral analysis. Wavelet spectra from the specific stream flow series are obtained for outflow binned at 3°-length segments along the border of the conterminous United States. Rotated principal component analysis is performed on the wavelet spectra to obtain clusters of segments that exhibit similar distribution of variability across scales. Three physically distinct modes explain over 89% of the variability. Two of the modes identified are associated with high variability at seasonal scales, and the third is associated with high variability at small timescales. The runoff generation mechanisms underlying the observed modes of multiscale variability of various regions are also discussed. Each of these coherent modes of multiscale variability indicate the existence of regions with similar scales of fluctuations that are located geographically apart, as well as regions located geographically close with dissimilar scales of fluctuations.

DOI 10.1029/1999WR900345
Citations Scopus - 30
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Conference (45 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Sandi Rojas SG, Rodriguez JF, Saco PM, Riccardi G, Wen L, Saintilan N, et al., 'Macquarie river floodplain flow modeling: Implications for ecogeomorphology', Proceedings of the International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, RIVER FLOW 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland (2014) [E1]
DOI 10.1201/b17133-313
Co-authors Jose Rodriguez
2014 Bayat E, Rodriguez JF, de Almeida GAM, Saco PM, 'Sediment transport, sorting and three-dimensional flow patterns in pool-riffle sequences: Implications for self-maintenance', Proceedings of the International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, RIVER FLOW 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland (2014) [E1]
DOI 10.1201/b17133-171
Co-authors Jose Rodriguez
2013 Saco PM, Moreno-de las Heras M, Willgoose GR, 'A Dynamic Eco-Geomorphologic View of Surface Connectivity in Semi-Arid Areas: Modelling Approach and Observations', Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vienna (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2013 Saco PM, Moreno-de las Heras M, 'Physical and Biological Effects in the Ecogeomorphic Coevolution of Semiarid Hillslopes', Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vienna (2013) [E3]
2013 Moreno-de las Heras M, Saco PM, Espigares T, Nicolau JM, Merino Martin L, 'Connectivity of runoff and sediments in reclaimed Mediterranean-dry slopes: controlling factors and long-term ecological implications', Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vienna (2013) [E3]
2013 Trivisonno F, Rodriguez JF, Riccardi G, Saco PM, 'Modelling soil, carbon and vegetation dynamics in estuarine wetlands experiencing sea-level rise.', Proceedings of the 35th IAHR World Congress, Chengdu, China. (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Jose Rodriguez
2013 Willgoose GR, Chen M, Cohen S, Saco PM, Hancock GR, 'A spatial scaling relationship for soil moisture in a semiarid landscape, using spatial scaling relationships for pedology', Proceedings of the Fall Meeting of American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, USA (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose, Greg Hancock
2013 Saco PM, Moreno M, Willgoose GR, 'Coevolving Semiarid Landform Vegetation Patterns: the effect of plant traits, structural vegetation attributes on surface water connectivity and erosion', Proceedings of the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, USA (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2013 Chen M, Willgoose GR, Saco PM, 'Investigating the Role of Vegetation and Soil Moisture in Land Surface Hydrology', Soil-mediated Drivers of Coupled Biogeochemical and Hydrological Processes Across Scales, Biosphere II, Tucson, Arizona, USA (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2013 Trivisono FN, Rodríguez JF, Riccardi GA, Saco PM, Stenta H, 'Modelling estuarine wetlands under climate change and infrastructure pressure', MODSIM2013, 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Adelaide, SA (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Jose Rodriguez
2012 Willgoose GR, Cohen S, Hancock GR, Hobley EU, Saco PM, 'The co-evolution and spatial organisation of soils, landforms, vegetation, and hydrology', Abstract book. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2012, San Francisco, CA (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Greg Hancock, Garry Willgoose
2012 Moreno De Las Heras M, Saco PM, 'Eco-hydro-geomorphic response of semiarid hillslopes to changing anthropic and climatic conditions', Abstract book. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2012, San Francisco, CA (2012) [E3]
2012 Rodriguez JF, Howe A, Saco PM, 'Sediment, carbon and vegetation dynamics in an estuarine wetland of the Hunter estuary, NSW', Proceedings of the 2012 Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Jose Rodriguez
2012 Moreno De Las Heras M, Saco PM, Willgoose GR, 'Landscape degradation in Australian semiarid shrublands: Variations in hydrological connectivity indicate abrupt changes in ecosystem functionality', Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vienna, Austria (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2011 Chen M, Willgoose GR, Saco PM, 'Intercomparison of two land surface schemes from a hydrological perspective', Geophysical Research Abstracts: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011, Vienna (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2011 Saco PM, Moreno De Las Heras M, Willgoose GR, 'Connectivity and degradation in semi-arid systems: Patterns, thresholds, and feedback effects', 12th European Ecological Federation Congress Abstract Book, Avila (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2011 Moreno De Las Heras M, Saco PM, Willgoose GR, 'Variations in connectivity patterns indicate abrupt changes in the ecosystem functionality of Australian semiarid landscapes', 12th European Ecological Federation Congress Abstract Book, Avila (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2011 Saco PM, Moreno De Las Heras M, 'Complex plant facilitation-competition mechanisms and co-evolution of semiarid areas: Are shrubs always guilty for degradation?', Abstracts. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2011, San Francisco, California (2011) [E3]
2011 Moreno De Las Heras M, Saco PM, Willgoose GR, 'Variations in hydrological connectivity indicate abrupt changes in ecosystem functionality in australian semiarid landscapes', Abstracts. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2011, San Francisco, California (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2011 Chen M, Willgoose GR, Saco PM, 'Evaluating daily soil moisture and water balances in a semi-arid catchment in Southeastern Australia using the IBIS Land-surface-scheme', Abstracts. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2011, San Francisco, California (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2011 Carpi LC, Saco PM, Ross OA, Ravetti MG, 'Evolution and structural changes of the Tropical Pacific climate network', Abstracts. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2011, San Francisco, California (2011) [E3]
2011 Moreno De Las Heras M, Saco PM, Willgoose GR, 'Linking surface hydrological connectivity patterns with landscape functionality in semiarid Australian ecosystems', Proceedings of the 34th World Congress of the International Association for Hydro- Environment Research and Engineering: 33rd Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium and 10th Conference on Hydraulics, Brisbane, QLD (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2011 Chen M, Willgoose GR, Saco PM, 'Estimating temporal soil moisture dynamics using the HYDRUS-1D and IBIS models', Proceedings of the 34th World Congress of the International Association for Hydro- Environment Research and Engineering: 33rd Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium and 10th Conference on Hydraulics, Brisbane, QLD (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2010 Moreno De Las Heras M, Saco PM, Willgoose GR, 'Assessing ecosystem structure and health using the patch size distribution of vegetation in semiarid Australian landscapes', 2010 AGU Fall Meeting. Program and Abstracts, San Francisco, CA (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2010 Saco PM, Moreno De Las Heras M, Willgoose GR, 'Connectivity and degradation in semi-arid systems: patterns, thresholds and feedback effects', 2010 AGU Fall Meeting. Program and Abstracts, San Francisco, CA (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2009 Chen M, Willgoose GR, Saco PM, 'Spatial prediction of soil moisture using the Hydrus 1-D model', H2009: Proceedings of H2009, the 32nd Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2009 Saco PM, Willgoose GR, 'Evolution of surface connectivity and patchiness in semi-arid areas: The role of slope and plant response times', 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation: Proceedings, Canberra, ACT (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2009 Chen M, Willgoose GR, Saco PM, 'The temporal dynamics of spatial patterns of observed soil moisture interpreted using the Hydrus 1-D Model', EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2009 Saco PM, Willgoose GR, 'Controls on surface connectivity and vegetation patterns in semiarid areas: The role of evolving soil depth profiles', EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2008 Howe A, Rodriguez JF, Saco PM, 'Carbon sequestration in Australian estuarine wetlands', Proceedings of Water Down Under 2008: Incorporating 31st Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, and, 4th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research, Adelaide, SA (2008) [E1]
Co-authors Jose Rodriguez
2008 Howe A, Rodriguez JF, Saco PM, 'Effect of rehabilitation on carbon sequestration in estuarine wetlands', EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Jose Rodriguez
2008 Saco PM, Willgoose GR, 'Eco-geomorphology of arid regions: Effect of vegetation response times', EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2007 Saco PM, Willgoose GR, 'Dynamic surface connectivity in semi-arid areas: Consequences for water and sediment redistribution', 2007 AGU Joint Assembly. Program and Abstracts, Acapulco, Mexico (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2007 Saco PM, Willgoose GR, 'Ecohydrologic response of vegetation patterns to climate variability in arid and semi-arid ecosystems', AGU 2007 Fall Meeting. Program & Abstracts, San Francisco, CA (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2007 Rodriguez JF, Howe A, Saco PM, 'Surface elevation, carbon sequestration potential and rising sea levels in estuarine wetlands', AGU 2007 Fall Meeting. Program & Abstracts, San Francisco, CA (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Jose Rodriguez
2007 Walker JP, Balling J, Bell M, Berg A, Berger M, Biasoni D, et al., 'National Airborne Field Experiment data sets', MODSIM 2007 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Proceedings, Christchurch, New Zealand (2007) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Greg Hancock, Jetse Kalma
2006 Saco PM, Willgoose GR, Hancock GR, 'Spatial organization of soil depths using a landform evolution model', JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE (2006) [E1]
DOI 10.1029/2005JF000351
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Garry Willgoose, Greg Hancock
2006 Saco PM, Willgoose GR, 'Modeling complex interactions between ecology, hydrology and soil erosion patterns in arid regions', 2006 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, United States of America (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose
2005 Saco PM, Willgoose GR, Hancock GR, 'Eco-geomorphology and Vegetation Patterns in Arid Regions', Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, UWA, Perth (2005) [E1]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose, Greg Hancock
2005 Saco P, Willgoose GR, Hancock GR, 'Eco-Geomorphology of Arid Regions: Landform- Hydrology-Vegetation Interactions', EOS Trans. American Geophysical Union, - (2005) [E1]
2004 Saco PM, Willgoose G, Hancock GR, 'Interactions Between Vegetation And Land Surface Evolution In Arid And Semiarid Systems', 2004 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, United States (2004) [E3]
Co-authors Greg Hancock, Garry Willgoose
2004 Hemakumara HM, Rudiger C, Jacobs B, Kalma JD, Walker J, Willgoose G, et al., 'Scaling And Assimilation Of Soil Moisture And Streamflow (SASMAS): Project Overview And Preliminary Results', European Geosciences Union 1st General Assembly, Nice, France (2004) [E3]
Co-authors Greg Hancock, Garry Willgoose, Jetse Kalma
2004 Saco PM, Willgoose GR, Hancock GR, 'Understanding Ecohydrologic-Geomorphology Interactions in Arid and Semiarid Systems', St Anthony Falls Hydraulics Lab, University of Minnesota (2004) [E1]
Co-authors Greg Hancock, Garry Willgoose
2004 Hemakumura HM, Ruediger C, Jacobs B, Kalma JD, Walker CM, Willgoose GR, et al., 'Scaling and assimilation of soil moisture and streamflow (SASMAS)', Nice (2004) [E3]
Co-authors Garry Willgoose, Jetse Kalma, Greg Hancock
2001 Kumar P, Saco P, 'Coupling self-similar stream network topology and flow dynamics' (2001) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 25
Total funding $2,002,235

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20151 grants / $2,419

2015 International Visitor from Wageningen University, The Netherlands$2,419

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco, Assistant Professor Saskia Keesstra
Scheme International Research Visiting Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401301
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20146 grants / $1,390,035

CoPlas: a Modelling Framework for the Simulation of Coevolving Landscape Processes in Australian Humid Environments.$856,860

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Future Fellowships
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301186
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Hydrologic effects of human and climatic stresses in water-limited areas: role of coevolving runoff, vegetation and landforms for adaptive management$420,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco, Professor Garry Willgoose, Mr David Tongway, Dr Mariano Moreno-de las Heras, Professor Praveen Kumar, Professor John Wainwright
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1300395
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

DVC(R) Research Support for Future Fellow (FT14)$60,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400944
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Collaborative research program for modelling of hydrology and climate change impacts in the Macquarie marshes$48,000

Funding body: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Funding body NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Project Team Doctor Jose Rodriguez, Professor George Kuczera, Doctor Patricia Saco, Professor Neil Saintilan, Li Wen
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400786
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

University of Wageningen PE&RC Visiting Scientist Grant 2013/2014$3,675

Funding body: University of Wageningen

Funding body University of Wageningen
Project Team
Scheme Visiting Scientist Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

European Geosciences union General Assembly 2014, Vienna Austria, 27 April- 4 May 2014$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400532
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20132 grants / $54,263

Career Enhancement of Research Profile and Leadership in the Environmental Engineering Program$46,263

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco, Professor Mark Jones
Scheme Career Enhancement Fellowship for Academic Women
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1201124
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Career Enhancement of Research Profile and Leadership in the Environmental Engineering Program$8,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Career Enhancement Fellowship for Academic Women
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200958
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20122 grants / $81,500

NARCliM (NSW and ACT Regional Climate Modelling) Project$80,000

Funding body: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Funding body NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Project Team Professor Garry Willgoose, Professor George Kuczera, Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200117
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, USA, 3- 7 December 2012$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1201127
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $1,500

Fall Meeting of the AMerican Geophysical Union, San Fransicso, USA, 5 - 9 December 2011$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1101079
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $22,000

Simulation of short and long term sedimentological and morphological changes in estuarine wetlands and its ecological implications $22,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Jose Rodriguez, Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0900012
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $1,200

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, 14-18 December 2009$1,200

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0900130
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $1,700

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, 12 - 18 Dec 08$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189770
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20074 grants / $203,000

Role of vegetation patchiness and self organisation in the ecohydrologic response of water limited ecosystems to climate variability and change$180,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco, Professor Garry Willgoose, Mr David Tongway
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0186351
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Soil carbon dynamics in estuarine wetlands$12,454

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jose Rodriguez, Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187881
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Soil carbon dynamics in estuarine wetlands$5,546

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Jose Rodriguez, Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188322
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Start up grant$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188030
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20051 grants / $1,645

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 5-9 December 2005$1,645

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185984
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20043 grants / $174,573

Soil Moisture Status and Vegetation Dynamics in Large Catchments$168,173

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183686
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Visitor Grant from The National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics (NCED) $4,000

Funding body: (NCED) funded by the National Science Foundation

Funding body (NCED) funded by the National Science Foundation
Project Team
Scheme Visit/Exchange NCED
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 13-19 December 2004$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184986
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20031 grants / $2,400

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 8 to 12 December 2003$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Patricia Saco
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183789
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19981 grants / $66,000

Characterizing Climatic Signatures in Hydro-Geomorphologic Response$66,000

Funding body: NASA (USA)

Funding body NASA (USA)
Project Team
Scheme Earth System Science Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 2000
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Vegetation Effect on Bed-Load Transport in Gradually Varied Flow
Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2014 Development of Modelling Tools for Eco-Geomorphological Prediction
Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2014 Sediment Dynamics of Wetlands and Effects of Climate Change
Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2014 Ecohydrologic Response of Drylands to Climate Variability and Change
Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2014 Ecohydrologic Modelling of Semiarid Areas: Accounting for Interactions Between Runoff, Vegetation and Lanforms for Adaptive Management
Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2013 The Effect of Flow Unsteadiness on Sorting and Self-Maintenance of Pool-Riffle Sequences
Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2013 Eco-Hydraulic Simulations of Floodplain Vegetation and Flow Interactions in the Macquarie Marshes Wetland System
Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2012 Understanding Anomalous Low Flows and Changes to Rainfall-Runoff Sequences During and Following the Millennium Drought
Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 On the Predictability of Hydrology Using Land Surface Models and Field Soil Moisture Data
Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2013 Analysis of Climate Dynamics as a Complex System: New Insights from the Development of Advanced Methodologies in Information Theory and Complex Networks
Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2011 Flow and Sediment Dynamics in Sand Bed Streams with Riparian Vegetation
Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
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News

ARC Future Fellows

July 23, 2014

Six mid-career researchers at the University of Newcastle (UON) have received funding under the Australian Research Council's (ARC) Future Fellowships scheme, just announced.

Dr Patricia Saco

Position

Future Fellow
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Environmental Engineering

Contact Details

Email patricia.saco@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 492 16157
Fax (02) 492 16991

Office

Room EA123
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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