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Biography

I have 40 years of cross-disciplinary work experience; Research, Teaching, Industry. Experiences include: Industrial Research (metallurgical processes, physical metallurgy), Statistical Consulting (Industry, research disciplines ranging from Engineering to Psychology to Food Science), Secondary Teaching (Maths, Science, Biology and Chemistry), University Teaching (Statistics), and Academic Research (Remote Sensing, Statistics, and Energy Efficiency of Housing)

My research higher degree (ARC linkage project Grant number LP0214188 with Queensland Department of Natural Resources) was in a cross-disciplinary area of statistics and remote sensing. With no prior experience in remote sensing, I am first author on one paper on Lidar Remote Sensing and one on Vegetation Indices and modelling of Foliage Projective Cover. In addition I hold a body of original work on vegetation indices and how to model vegetation cover that I have not published. I have not been in a position to complete that work to a level suitable for publication because I have not been employed in that field after graduating. However I retain an interest in that area. My interest is demonstrated by me assisting, in my own time, two PhD students from other univeristies that are doing research that involves remote sensing of vegetation.

In my Industrial Research role I attained the level of Principal Research Officer. (BHP and OneSteel). Additional to my industrial research my industrial experiences include: technical problem solving, process improvement and process improvement facilitation. In my production role I acted as the Technical Superintendent for production of galvanised steel wire, rural fencing products. I acted as a Process Improvement Facilitator for twelve project leaders in an intensive one year improvement exercise. I was an integral member of a research and engineering team that designed a novel galvanising ‘Jet Wiping’ process. The team took the project from fundamental research in a pilot plant through to final implementation and commissioning of that process as a large a scale commercial operation. Automatic control of the zinc coating on the wire during production required the establishment of robust calibration models between continuous electronic measurements of the coating during production and chemical measurements of samples in a laboratory. I developed the calibration model using conventional regression methods. Inadequacies with the conventional techniques provided the seed for a novel idea for improved calibration methods. I have carried that idea through to implementation withinmy Remote Sensing PhD research project and into statistical consulting where I have come across many diverse applications that would benefit from my new approach.

The new modelling method I have labelled in general as "bivariate relationship modelling on bounded spaces". More specifically I have called it Lineal Basis Modelling.

My current role is as a part time Research Associate in the priority research centre for energy at the University of Newcastle. My primary fuction within that role was to produce and maintain a database of thermal measurements taken from four experimental housing units. The data are collected at 5 minute intervals from 105 sensors in each of four modules, 24hrs per day since 2003. In that role I have made a significant research contribution to developing an index on the dynamic thermal performance of buildings. In essence the index is derived from elliptical shapes that are statistically fitted to hysteresis patterns of internal temperature plotted against external temperature. There is scope to write up this work as a new statistical modelling method.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 20/02/2008
  • Graduate Diploma in Mathematical Studies, University of Newcastle, 27/04/1995
  • Bachelor of Science (Metallurgy), University of Newcastle, 23/04/1977
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Newcastle, 19/04/1980

Research

Research keywords

  • Bivariate Relationships
  • Bounded Spaces
  • Foliage Cover
  • Landsat
  • Lidar
  • Remote Sensing

Research expertise

Developed a new method for modelling of bivariate relationships on bounded spaces - the new method has wide ranging application in the bio sciences but also physical sciences. The method could be regarded as a new calibration method or errors in variables method and is suitable for allometry.

Modeling of bivariate relationships on bounded spaces, Application of statistical methods to industrial process control problems, Application of statistical models to satellite remotely sensed data.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
090900Geomatic Engineering65
040699Physical Geography And Environmental Geoscience Not Elsewhere Classified35

Collaboration

I have been collaborating with or, more correctly, assisting in an unofficial and unsupported capacity two PhD students external to the university of Newcastle:

Sisira Ediriweera, School of Environment, Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University,

Lismore, NSW, Australia, "Effect of different topographic normalization methods on prediction accuracy of Foliage Projective Cover (FPC) in topographically complex landscapes"

Fatwa Ramdani, Tohoku University, Graduate School of Science, Earth Science Department, Miyagi, Japan, "Changes in local climate due to expansion of palm oil plantation in Indonesia".

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Statistics 1070

Teaching expertise

First year university statistics

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2007Moffiet TN, Mengerson K, King RA, Witte C, 'Relationship modelling on bounded spaces with example application to the estimation of forest foliage cover by remote sensing', TIES North American Regional Meeting. Program, Seattle, WA (2007) [E3]

Co-authors: Robert King

2005Moffiet TN, Mengersen K, Witte C, King RA, Denham R, 'Airborne laser scanning: Exploratory data analysis indicates potential variables for classification of individual trees or forest stands according to species', Isprs Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 59 289-309 (2005) [C1]

It appears in ISPRS journal of photogrammetry and remote sensing (high impact journal) It has been cited about 34 times It was within the top 10 downloads for that journal for 12 months

2012Alterman D, Moffiet TN, Hands SA, Page AW, Luo C, Moghtaderi B, 'A concept for a potential metric to characterise the dynamic thermal performance of walls', Energy and Buildings, 54 52-60 (2012) [C1]

Publications

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Journal article (7 outputs)

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2014Ramdani F, Moffiet T, Hino M, 'Local surface temperature change due to expansion of oil palm plantation in Indonesia', Climatic Change, 1-12 (2014)
2014Moffiet T, Alterman D, Hands S, Colyvas K, Page A, Moghtaderi B, 'A statistical study on the combined effects of wall thermal mass and thermal resistance on internal air temperatures', Journal of Building Physics, 1744259113516248-1744259113516248 (2014)
2013Ediriweera S, Pathirana S, Nichols D, Danaher T, Moffiet T, 'Evaluation of different topographic corrections for landsat TM data by prediction of foliage projective cover (FPC) in topographically complex landscapes', Remote Sensing, 5 6767-6789 (2013)
2012Alterman D, Moffiet TN, Hands SA, Page AW, Luo C, Moghtaderi B, 'A concept for a potential metric to characterise the dynamic thermal performance of walls', Energy and Buildings, 54 52-60 (2012) [C1]
2010Moffiet TN, Armston JD, Mengersen K, 'Motivation, development and validation of a new spectral greenness index: A spectral dimension related to foliage projective cover', ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 65 26-41 (2010) [C1]
2009Armston JD, Denham RJ, Danaher TJ, Scarth PF, Moffiet TN, 'Prediction and validation of foliage projective cover from Landsat-5 TM and Landsat-7 ETM+ imagery', Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 3 1-28 (2009) [C1]
2005Moffiet TN, Mengersen K, Witte C, King RA, Denham R, 'Airborne laser scanning: Exploratory data analysis indicates potential variables for classification of individual trees or forest stands according to species', Isprs Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 59 289-309 (2005) [C1]

It appears in ISPRS journal of photogrammetry and remote sensing (high impact journal) It has been cited about 34 times It was within the top 10 downloads for that journal for 12 months

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Conference (6 outputs)

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2012Alterman D, Page AW, Hands SA, Moffiet TN, Moghtaderi B, 'A study of wall surface temperature variations for housing in moderate climates', Proceedings of the 15th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference, Florianopolis, Brazil (2012) [E1]
2011Colyvas KJ, Moffiet TN, 'Statistical consulting under ASEARC', Proceedings of the 4th Applied Statistics Education and Research Collaboration (ASEARC) Conference, Parramatta, NSW (2011) [E3]

Co-authors: Kim Colyvas

2011Alterman D, Page AW, Hands SA, Moffiet TN, Moghtaderi B, 'Looking for a true measure of the dynamic thermal response of walls and buildings', 2011 Building Australia's Future National Conference, Surfers Paradise (2011) [E3]
2010Stokes BJ, Moffiet TN, 'Fitting the 4-parameter lineal basis model', 10th International Mathematica Symposium, Beijing, China (2010) [E2]

Co-authors: Barrie Stokes

2007Moffiet TN, Mengerson K, King RA, Witte C, 'Relationship modelling on bounded spaces with example application to the estimation of forest foliage cover by remote sensing', TIES North American Regional Meeting. Program, Seattle, WA (2007) [E3]

Co-authors: Robert King

2006Moffiet TN, Mengersen K, King RA, Armston JD, Witte C, 'Modelling of foliage projected cover using Landsat-7 spectral imagery: spectral indices for greenness and brightness', The 13th Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference, Canberra, Australia (2006) [E2]

Co-authors: Robert King

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Dr Trevor Moffiet

Work Phone(02) 4921 5528 (Mon and Wed)
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PositionsResearch Associate
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Conjoint Lecturer
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Senior Research Assistant
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaStatistics
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