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Mr Aubrey Miller

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MSc (Colorado State University, USA)
BA (Hons)(The College of William and Mary, USA)
Email: aubrey.miller@otago.ac.nz
Phone: +64 3 479 7606
Location: School of Surveying, 310 Castle Street, Room 118

Profile

I am interested in improving our understanding of social, ecological and physical interactions through geospatial data capture and analysis. I am also passionate about getting young people excited to learn about the world through the lens of geospatial science.

I am a Professional Practice Fellow in geospatial science in the School of Surveying. I have lecturing and lab coordination responsibilities for the geospatial papers and conduct research in the areas of GIS, natural hazards, outdoor recreation and spatial ecology. I also manage the spatial computer lab, provide research and technical support to students and staff.

Teaching

SURV102 Geospatial Science (Contributor)
SURV208 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Contributor)
SURV309/SURV509 Introduction to Remote Sensing (Contributor)
SURV319/Surv519 Spatial Algorithms and Programming (Contributor)
SURV411/SURV511 Advanced Spatial Analysis and Modelling (Contributor)
OCEN301 Practical and Field Oceanography (Contributor)

GIS Software short-courses for Otago staff and postgraduates, offered annually in February: Intro to ArcGIS Desktop, Intro to ArcGIS Pro, Intro to QGIS (coordinator).
Email aubrey.miller@otago.ac.nz for more information.

Research and professional interests

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Spatial analysis
  • Natural hazards, in particular in alpine regions
  • Snow avalanches
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Remote sensing
  • Photogrammetry and LiDAR
  • Terrain analysis and modelling
  • Spatial ecology
  • Geovisualisation
  • Volunteered Geographic Information / Participatory GIS

I am a member of the Coastal People: Southern Skies collaboration that connects communities with world-leading, cross-discipline research to rebuild coastal ecosystems.
Coastal People: Southern Skies

Mountain Research Centre Logo resizedI am a member of the Mountain Research Centre at the University of Otago. We focus on conducting high-value research in mountain systems, with a focus on climate, snow & ice, natural hazards and society.
Mountain Research Centre

Some current projects

Snow avalanche hazards in Aotearoa New Zealand: Using extreme events from the past to plan for the future (2020 – ongoing)

RAMMS hazard indication modelling

This project, a collaboration between Otago University and WSL-SLF in Switzerland, uses the latest advances in topographic mapping, remote sensing and modelling tools (e.g. RAMMS) to improve our understanding of snow avalanche hazards in New Zealand. Avalanche Hazard website

Matariki: Quantifying environmental resources through high-resolution, automated, satellite mapping of landscape change (2019 – ongoing)

The Matariki project is funded by MBIE Endeavour Smart Idea to transform environmental monitoring by quantifying environmental resources through high-resolution, automated, satellite mapping of landscape change. This project will develop a novel way to make 3D-change maps with unprecedented detail and sub-metre accuracy. Matariki website

Source to Sea: A scientific investigation of the local catchment for Dunedin region rural schools (2018 – ongoing)

This is a collaboration with the Halo Project, with funding from the Curious Minds Initiative, to help local students understand biodiversity, land use and water quality in their local catchment.
Halo Project website

Students embark on physical and virtual field trips to better understand their catchments, including with the use of a GIS. You can see examples of the webGIS students are using to study their catchments in the scene below or by visiting this site: Land Use Change Source to Sea

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Community mapping of historical land use on Mahu Whenua Covenants land, Central Otago, New Zealand (2017 – ongoing)

This is a Catchments Otago Project (PI Tony Moore) that aims to capture local knowledge of historic land use in the four farms that make up the Mahu Whenua Covenants land between Arrowtown and Wanaka. We have conducted interviews with farmers and locals with a connection to the land reaching back to the 1950s and captured the knowledge on a series of maps that will be combined in a GIS.
Catchments Otago website

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University of Otago Campus Mapping (2017 – 2019)

This is a collaboration between the University’s Property Services and Information Technology departments and the School of Surveying to transform the existing 3D building models the University manages into spatially-aware mapping products. This project has led to an updated map for a student app and a GIS the University now manages for all its building assets.
University of Otago campus map app

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Glaciers in the picture: How much have New Zealand glaciers changed over the last 30 years? (2017 – 2018)

This is a University of Otago Research Grant-funded project (PI Pascal Sirguey) measuring and mapping changes to NZ glaciers with recent satellite imagery and state-of-the-art photogrammetry techniques.

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Terrain selection by winter recreationists in hazardous avalanche terrain, Colorado, USA (2016 – ongoing)

This is a collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Research Station (USA) to quantify how recreationists move through terrain, especially with regard to hazardous avalanche-prone terrain. This project involves the use of small portable GPS units to capture movement patterns from thousands of winter recreationists, such as skiers and snowmobilers, to better predict how they move through terrain.

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Responsibilities

School

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Publications

Miller, A., Sirguey, P., Morris, S., Bartelt, P., Cullen, N., Redpath, T., … Bühler, Y. (2022). The impact of terrain model source and resolution on snow avalanche modeling. Natural Hazards & Earth System Sciences, 22, 2673-2701. doi: 10.5194/nhess-22-2673-2022

Nava, L., Carr, N., Miller, A., & Coetzee, W. (2022). Redefining ‘freedom camping’ in New Zealand: The role of the Rugby World Cup. Annals of Leisure Research, 25(1), 138-157. doi: 10.1080/11745398.2020.1818591

Miller, A., Sirguey, P., Cullen, N., & Bühler, Y. (2021). Snow avalanche hazards in Aotearoa New Zealand: Using extreme events from the past to plan for the future. Proceedings of the 18th Snow & Ice Research Group (SIRG) Annual Workshop: Understanding Mountain Climate II. (pp. 23). Retrieved from https://www.sirg.org.nz

Sirguey, P., Brunk, T., Cullen, N. J., & Miller, A. (2021). Going, going, gone! Reconstructing the reconstruction of Brewster Glacier mass balance record 1977-2018. Proceedings of the 18th Snow & Ice Research Group (SIRG) Annual Workshop: Understanding Mountain Climate II. (pp. 13). Retrieved from https://www.sirg.org.nz

Eberhard, L. A., Sirguey, P., Miller, A., Marty, M., Schindler, K., Stoffel, A., & Bühler, Y. (2021). Intercomparison of photogrammetric platforms for spatially continuous snow depth mapping. Cryosphere, 15, 69-94. doi: 10.5194/tc-15-69-2021

Vaske, J. J., & Miller, A. D. (2019). Winter recreationist motivations: Motorized, non-motorized and hybrids. In U. Pröbstl-Haider, H. Richins & S. Türk (Eds.), Winter tourism: Trends and challenges. (pp. 228-235). Wallingford, UK: CABI.

Chapter in Book - Research

Miller, A., Sirguey, P., Morris, S., Bartelt, P., Cullen, N., Redpath, T., … Bühler, Y. (2022). The impact of terrain model source and resolution on snow avalanche modeling. Natural Hazards & Earth System Sciences, 22, 2673-2701. doi: 10.5194/nhess-22-2673-2022

Journal - Research Article

Nava, L., Carr, N., Miller, A., & Coetzee, W. (2022). Redefining ‘freedom camping’ in New Zealand: The role of the Rugby World Cup. Annals of Leisure Research, 25(1), 138-157. doi: 10.1080/11745398.2020.1818591

Journal - Research Article

Eberhard, L. A., Sirguey, P., Miller, A., Marty, M., Schindler, K., Stoffel, A., & Bühler, Y. (2021). Intercomparison of photogrammetric platforms for spatially continuous snow depth mapping. Cryosphere, 15, 69-94. doi: 10.5194/tc-15-69-2021

Journal - Research Article

Moore, A., Johnson, M., Gbolagun, J., Miller, A., Rombouts, A., van der Ven, L., Lord, J., … Hall, G. B. (2018). Integrating agroecology and sustainable tourism: Applying geodesign to farm management in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 26(9), 1543-1561. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2018.1484751

Journal - Research Article

Miller, A. D., Vaske, J. J., Squires, J. R., Olson, L. E., & Roberts, E. K. (2017). Does zoning winter recreationists reduce recreation conflict? Environmental Management, 59(1), 50-67. doi: 10.1007/s00267-016-0777-0

Journal - Research Article

Olson, L. E., Squires, J. R., Roberts, E. K., Miller, A. D., Ivan, J. S., & Hebblewhite, M. (2017). Modeling large-scale winter recreation terrain selection with implications for recreation management and wildlife. Applied Geography, 86, 66-91. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.06.023

Journal - Research Article

Miller, A. D., & Vaske, J. J. (2016). Winter recreationist conflict and management approaches at Vail Pass, Colorado. Journal of Park & Recreation Administration, 34(2), 1-11. doi: 10.18666/JPRA-2016-V34-I2-6552

Journal - Research Article

Miller, A. D., Squires, J. R., Olson, L. E., & Roberts, E. K. (2018). Acceptable risk for backcountry skiers and riders from avalanche hazards: Differences in uphill and downhill terrain selection. Proceedings of the International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW). (pp. 1664-1668). Retrieved from https://arc.lib.montana.edu/snow-science

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Miller, A. D., Squires, J. R., Olson, L. E., & Roberts, E. K. (2018). Terrain selection and forecasted avalanche danger: Do recreationists select safer terrain when the forecasted avalanche danger increases? Proceedings of the International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW). (pp. 1640-1645). Retrieved from https://arc.lib.montana.edu/snow-science

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Miller, A., Sirguey, P., Cullen, N., & Bühler, Y. (2021). Snow avalanche hazards in Aotearoa New Zealand: Using extreme events from the past to plan for the future. Proceedings of the 18th Snow & Ice Research Group (SIRG) Annual Workshop: Understanding Mountain Climate II. (pp. 23). Retrieved from https://www.sirg.org.nz

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Sirguey, P., Brunk, T., Cullen, N. J., & Miller, A. (2021). Going, going, gone! Reconstructing the reconstruction of Brewster Glacier mass balance record 1977-2018. Proceedings of the 18th Snow & Ice Research Group (SIRG) Annual Workshop: Understanding Mountain Climate II. (pp. 13). Retrieved from https://www.sirg.org.nz

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Sirguey, P. J., Brunk, T., Cullen, N. J., & Miller, A. (2019). Mass balance series of Brewster Glacier (New Zealand) 1977-2018 calibrated with complete photogrammetric reanalysis. Proceedings of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. C21B-04. Retrieved from https://agu.confex.com/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Miller, A., Leonard, G., & Moore, A. (2018). Dissecting the GPS track: Algorithms for effectively segmenting uphill and downhill travel [Extended abstract]. In A. Moore & I. Drecki (Eds.), Proceedings of the Joint 9th National Cartographic Conference (GeoCart'2018) and 46th Australian and New Zealand Map Society (ANZMapS) Conference. (pp. 37-38). Auckland, New Zealand: CartoPRESS. [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Moore, A., Miller, A., & Seddon, P. (2018). Local farm knowledge mapping for heritage and biological research. In A. Moore & I. Drecki (Eds.), Proceedings of the Joint 9th National Cartographic Conference (GeoCart'2018) and 46th Australian and New Zealand Map Society (ANZMapS) Conference. (pp. 55-56). Auckland, New Zealand: CartoPRESS. [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Nava Jiménez, L., Miller, A., Carr, N., & Coetzee, W. (2018). Tracking the spatio-temporal transformation of camping in New Zealand. In A. Moore & I. Drecki (Eds.), Proceedings of the Joint 9th National Cartographic Conference (GeoCart'2018) and 46th Australian and New Zealand Map Society (ANZMapS) Conference. (pp. 52-53). Auckland, New Zealand: CartoPRESS. [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Schueler-Beck, L., Miller, A., Leonard, G., Mein, C., & Humphries, B. (2018). What's in a map? A workflow for transforming 3D Revit building models into spatially-aware databases for mapping in a GIS [Extended abstract]. In A. Moore & I. Drecki (Eds.), Proceedings of the Joint 9th National Cartographic Conference (GeoCart'2018) and 46th Australian and New Zealand Map Society (ANZMapS) Conference. (pp. 116-119). Auckland, New Zealand: CartoPRESS. [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Miller, A. (2017, December). Improving the effectiveness of a GIS to identify hazardous snow avalanche terrain. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Geospatial Research Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Miller, A. (2017, June). Don’t forget the fundamentals: Adapting the geospatial professional to an evolving geospatial world. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS) 128th Conference: Frameworks for the Future, Napier, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Miller, A. (2017, May). Modeling large‐scale winter recreation terrain selection. School of Surveying, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar (University of Otago)].

Other Research Output

Miller, A. (2017, September). Recreation zoning as a management tool for popular winter destinations. Department of Tourism, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar (University of Otago)].

Other Research Output

Miller, A. D. (2015). Recreation conflict and management options in the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area, Colorado, USA (M.S.). Colorado State University. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/1758252267?accountid=14700

Awarded Masters Degree

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