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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
040699Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience not elsewhere classified25
090509Water Resources Engineering35
090702Environmental Engineering Modelling40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2013 - 1/12/2013Fellow - UONUniversity 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 - 1/12/2006Visiting ScholarUniversity of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
Geography / Civil and Environmental Engineering
United States
1/03/2004 - 1/03/2007Postdoctoral FellowUniversity of Newcastle
School of Engineering and Built Environments
Australia
1/03/2003 - 1/03/2004Research Associate University of Newcastle
School of Engineering and Built Environments
Australia

Membership

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

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
External ConsultantUNESCO
Centre for Hydro-environmental Research, University of Rosario
Argentina

Awards

Research Award

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Carpi 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]
DOI10.2174/9781608057603113010018
2013Saco PM, Rodriguez JF, 'Modeling ecogeomorphic systems', Treatise on Geomorphology Voume 2: Quantitative Modeling of Geomorphology, Academic Press, MA, USA 201-220 (2013) [B1]
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsJose Rodriguez
2012Carpi LC, Saco PM, Rosso OA, Ravetti MG, 'Dynamics of climate networks', Dynamics of Information Systems: Mathematical Foundations, Springer, New York 157-173 (2012) [B1]
2008Saco 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Chen 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.

DOI10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.12.027
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose
2015Chen 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.

DOI10.1002/hyp.10156
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose
2015Okin 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)
DOI10.1890/140163Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2014Chen M, Willgoose GR, Saco PM, 'Spatial prediction of temporal soil moisture dynamics using HYDRUS-1D', HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES, 28 171-185 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1002/hyp.9518Author URL
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 6
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose
2013Saco 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.

DOI10.1029/2012WR012001
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 1
2012Moreno-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]
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose
2012Moreno 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]
DOI10.1029/2011JG001839
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose
2012Rosso 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]
CitationsScopus - 14Web of Science - 13
2012Carpi LC, Saco PM, Rosso OA, Ravetti MG, 'Structural evolution of the Tropical Pacific climate network', European Physical Journal B, 85 1-7 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 1
2012Rosso 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]
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2011Carpi LC, Rosso OA, Saco PM, Ravetti MG, 'Analyzing complex networks evolution through Information Theory quantifiers', Physics Letters A, 375 801-804 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.physleta.2010.12.038
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 6
2011Moreno 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]
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 6
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose
2010Saco 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]
DOI10.1016/j.physa.2010.07.006
CitationsScopus - 20Web of Science - 21
2010Carpi LC, Saco PM, Rosso OA, 'Missing ordinal patterns in correlated noises', Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 389 2020-2029 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.physa.2010.01.030
CitationsScopus - 14Web of Science - 15
2009Howe 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]
DOI10.1016/j.ecss.2009.06.006
CitationsScopus - 36Web of Science - 29
Co-authorsJose Rodriguez
2007Saco 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]
CitationsScopus - 58Web of Science - 53
Co-authorsGreg Hancock, Garry Willgoose
2006Saco PM, Willgoose GR, Hancock GR, 'Spatial organization of soil depths using a landform evolution model', Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, 111 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.1029/2005JF000351
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose, Greg Hancock
2004White 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]
DOI10.1016/j.jhydrol.2003.10.019Author URL
CitationsScopus - 14Web of Science - 12
2004Saco PM, Kumar P, 'Kinematic Dispersion Effects Of Hillslope Velocities', Water Resources Research, Vol. 40 1-12 (2004) [C1]
DOI10.1029/2003WR002024
CitationsScopus - 21Web of Science - 20
2003White 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]
DOI10.1111/j.1752-1688.2003.tb04438.xAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2002Saco PM, Kumar P, 'Kinematic dispersion in stream networks - 1. Coupling hydraulic and network geometry', WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 38 (2002) [C1]
DOI10.1029/2001WR000695Author URL
CitationsScopus - 43Web of Science - 47
2002Saco PM, Kumar P, 'Kinematic dispersion in stream networks - 2. Scale issues and self-similar network organization', WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 38 (2002) [C1]
DOI10.1029/2001WR000694Author URL
CitationsScopus - 23Web of Science - 21
2000Saco 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.

DOI10.1029/1999WR900345
CitationsScopus - 30
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Conference (45 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Sandi 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]
DOI10.1201/b17133-313
Co-authorsJose Rodriguez
2014Bayat 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]
DOI10.1201/b17133-171
Co-authorsJose Rodriguez
2013Saco 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2013Saco PM, Moreno-de las Heras M, 'Physical and Biological Effects in the Ecogeomorphic Coevolution of Semiarid Hillslopes', Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vienna (2013) [E3]
2013Moreno-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]
2013Trivisonno 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-authorsJose Rodriguez
2013Willgoose 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-authorsGarry Willgoose, Greg Hancock
2013Saco 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2013Chen 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2013Trivisono 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-authorsJose Rodriguez
2012Willgoose 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-authorsGreg Hancock, Garry Willgoose
2012Moreno 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]
2012Rodriguez 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-authorsJose Rodriguez
2012Moreno 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2011Chen 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2011Saco 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2011Moreno 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2011Saco 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]
2011Moreno 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2011Chen 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2011Carpi 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]
2011Moreno 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2011Chen 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2010Moreno 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2010Saco 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2009Chen 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2009Saco 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2009Chen 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2009Saco 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2008Howe 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-authorsJose Rodriguez
2008Howe 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-authorsJose Rodriguez
2008Saco PM, Willgoose GR, 'Eco-geomorphology of arid regions: Effect of vegetation response times', EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose
2007Saco 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2007Saco 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2007Rodriguez 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-authorsJose Rodriguez
2007Walker 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]
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsGreg Hancock, Jetse Kalma
2006Saco PM, Willgoose GR, Hancock GR, 'Spatial organization of soil depths using a landform evolution model', JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE (2006) [E1]
DOI10.1029/2005JF000351Author URL
CitationsScopus - 20Web of Science - 17
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose, Greg Hancock
2006Saco 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-authorsGarry Willgoose
2005Saco PM, Willgoose GR, Hancock GR, 'Eco-geomorphology and Vegetation Patterns in Arid Regions', Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, UWA, Perth (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsGarry Willgoose, Greg Hancock
2005Saco P, Willgoose GR, Hancock GR, 'Eco-Geomorphology of Arid Regions: Landform- Hydrology-Vegetation Interactions', EOS Trans. American Geophysical Union, - (2005) [E1]
2004Saco 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-authorsGreg Hancock, Garry Willgoose
2004Hemakumara 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-authorsGreg Hancock, Garry Willgoose, Jetse Kalma
2004Saco 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-authorsGreg Hancock, Garry Willgoose
2004Hemakumura 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-authorsGarry Willgoose, Jetse Kalma, Greg Hancock
2001Kumar P, Saco P, 'Coupling self-similar stream network topology and flow dynamics' (2001) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants25
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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco, Assistant Professor Saskia Keesstra
SchemeInternational Research Visiting Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1401301
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco
SchemeFuture Fellowships
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301186
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

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 bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco, Professor Garry Willgoose, Mr David Tongway, Dr Mariano Moreno-de las Heras, Professor Praveen Kumar, Professor John Wainwright
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1300395
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco
SchemeSpecial Project Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400944
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyNSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Project TeamDoctor Jose Rodriguez, Professor George Kuczera, Doctor Patricia Saco, Professor Neil Saintilan, Li Wen
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400786
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Wageningen

Funding bodyUniversity of Wageningen
Project Team
SchemeVisiting Scientist Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400532
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20132 grants / $54,263

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco, Professor Mark Jones
SchemeCareer Enhancement Fellowship for Academic Women
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1201124
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco
SchemeCareer Enhancement Fellowship for Academic Women
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1200958
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20122 grants / $81,500

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

Funding body: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Funding bodyNSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Project TeamProfessor Garry Willgoose, Professor George Kuczera, Doctor Patricia Saco
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200117
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1201127
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1101079
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Jose Rodriguez, Doctor Patricia Saco
SchemePilot Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG0900012
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0900130
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20081 grants / $1,700

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189770
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco, Professor Garry Willgoose, Mr David Tongway
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0186351
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Soil carbon dynamics in estuarine wetlands$12,454

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jose Rodriguez, Doctor Patricia Saco
SchemePilot Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187881
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Soil carbon dynamics in estuarine wetlands$5,546

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Jose Rodriguez, Doctor Patricia Saco
SchemePilot Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0188322
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Start up grant$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco
SchemeSpecial Project Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0188030
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20051 grants / $1,645

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0185984
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20043 grants / $174,573

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco
SchemePostdoctoral Research Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0183686
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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
SchemeVisit/Exchange NCED
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0184986
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20031 grants / $2,400

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Patricia Saco
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183789
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19981 grants / $66,000

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

Funding body: NASA (USA)

Funding bodyNASA (USA)
Project Team
SchemeEarth System Science Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start1998
Funding Finish2000
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Vegetation Effect on Bed-Load Transport in Gradually Varied Flow
Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2014Development of Modelling Tools for Eco-Geomorphological Prediction
Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2014Sediment Dynamics of Wetlands and Effects of Climate Change
Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2014Ecohydrologic Response of Drylands to Climate Variability and Change
Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2014Ecohydrologic 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
2013The Effect of Flow Unsteadiness on Sorting and Self-Maintenance of Pool-Riffle Sequences
Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2013Eco-Hydraulic Simulations of Floodplain Vegetation and Flow Interactions in the Macquarie Marshes Wetland System
Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2012Understanding 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

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013On the Predictability of Hydrology Using Land Surface Models and Field Soil Moisture Data
Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2013Analysis 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
2011Flow 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

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

Office

RoomEA123
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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