Professor @Environmental Management Programme, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia. I am member of the Science Policy Interface of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council, the Assessment Methodology Group of the 6th Global Environment Outlook, and the dryland ecosystems task group of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management.
My career has bridged science to policy; for 5 years I was Regional Coordinator of Early Warning and Assessment of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Previous academic appointments include Head of Discipline and Professor of Geospatial Systems and Environmental Management at the School of Natural and Built Environments of the University of South Australia and Professor of Spatial Sciences at the Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University of Technology.
My research interest is primarily in the field of environmental geography, with a focus on geospatial technologies and their application in environmental management and sustainability:
• Analysis and modelling of natural and built up environments: assessment, management, monitoring.
• Integrated Environmental Assessments: tools and processes
• Early warning: land degradation, land cover/land use change.
• Sustainable Development: indicators.
• Sustainable land management; rangelands and drylands.
• Environmental decision making and policy.
I have produced over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals and book chapters (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Graciela_Metternicht). I am a member of the editorial board, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation (JAG), Honorary Fellow of the International Cartographic Association and Fellow of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute of Australia.