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School staff's publications 


Ongoma, V., Rahman, M.A., Ayugi, B. Nisha, F. Galvin, S. Shilenje, Z.W. and Ogwang, B.A., 2020. Variability of diurnal temperature range over Pacific Island countries, a case study of Fiji. Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, doi:org/10.1007/s00703-020-00743-4

Ayugi, Brian and Tan, Guirong and Gnitou, Gnim T. and Ojara, Moses and Ongoma, Victor. 2020. Historical evaluations and simulations of precipitation over East Africa from Rossby centre regional climate model. Atmospheric Research, 232 (104705). pp. 1-17. 

Ayugi, Brian and Tan, Guirong and Ruoyun, Niu and Babaousmail, Hassen and Ojara, Moses and Wido, Hanggoro and Mumo, Lucia and Ngoma, Nadoya and Nooni, Isaac and Ongoma, Victor. 2020. Quantile mapping bias correction on Rossby Centre Regional Climate Models for precipitation analysis over Kenya, East Africa. Water, 12 (3). pp. 1-16. 

Nyongesa, Aston and Zeng, Gang and Ongoma, Victor. 2020. Non-homogeneous hidden Markov model for downscaling of short rains occurrence in Kenya. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 139 . pp. 1333-1347. 

Rigden, Angela and Ongoma, Victor and Huybers, Peter. 2020. Kenyan tea is made with heat and water: how will climate change influence its yield? Environmental Research Letters, 15 (4). pp. 1-8. 

Kopf, Andreas and Fink, Michael and Weber, Eberhard. 2020. Gender vulnerability to climate change and natural hazards: the case of Tropical Cyclone Winston, Fiji. In: Mapping Security in the Pacific: A Focus on Context, Gender and Organisational Culture. Routledge Studies in Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South. Amin, Watson, and Girard (eds.). Routledge, London. 

Weber, Eberhard and Kopf, Andreas. 2020. Structural dimensions of doctoral supervision in regional universities: the case of the University of the South Pacific. In: Graduate Research Supervision in the Developing World: Policies, Pedagogies, and Practices. Routledge Research in Higher Education. Blair, Watson, and Raturi (eds.). Routledge, New York and London, pp. 169-180. 

Duncan, John, Haworth, Billy, Boruff, Bryan, Wales, Nathan, Biggs, Eloise, and Bruce, Eleanor (2020) Managing multifunctional landscapes: Local insights from a Pacific Island Country context. Journal of Environmental Management, 260. pp. 109692-109702.

Teuea, T. and Nakamura, N. 2020. Motivations to support marine conservation projects in North Tarawa, Kiribati. Conservation and Society, URL:

Nakamura, N. and Kanemasu, Y. 2020. Traditional knowledge, social capital, and community response to a disaster: resilience of remote communities in Fiji after a severe climatic event. Regional Environmental Change, URL:


Strengthening partnerships through research by Dr. Tolu Muliaina. Please click here to see detail.   

2019 news

School’s new staff members 

The School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment welcomes Dr. Kamal Regmi as a lecturer in Earth Science.

Dr. Wales attends at the FOSS4G conference in Bucharest, Romania. 

With colleagues from Australia Dr. Wales and his team presented their prototype mobile, open-source geospatial tool being collaboratively developed with the Ministries of Agriculture in Fiji and Tonga and local stakeholders using open-source mobile GIS technologies following a formal ICT for Development (ICT4D) framework. Tool functionality and the results of field-testing was presented. Based on cloud technologies the tool is designed to support landscape management under changing climates, and is a key output from our joint ACIAR funded project: Using geospatial information and technologies for promoting climate-smart landscapes in Fiji and Tonga.

Dr. Wales states that the conference was timely given the increasing role of Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) applications in the geospatial programmes at USP and in the Pacific in general. With workshops, posters and an academic track Dr. Wales were able to network with others involved in similar activities across the globe - in particular from Eastern Europe and less developed countries which are more reliant on freely available software. His team also had the opportunity to meet directly with the QField developers (the technology upon which the mobile field data collection part of our tool is based). This gave them the opportunity to discuss options for customization and working in the cloud as part of the project tool development.

The conference presentation was written up as a paper and is published in the peer-reviewed International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Science

South Pacific Flying Labs' Amrita Lal named as 'Woman to Watch' in UAS. 

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School staff's publications 

Bell, S. Sidloski, M, Shah, TI, 2019. Mapping the spatial pattern of the uncertain data in urban areas: The disadvantaged predict global nonresponse rate in the National Household Survey. The Canadian Geographer, online first

Shah TI, Clark AF, Seabrook JA, Sibbald S, Gilliland JA, 2019. Geographic accessibility to primary care providers: Comparing rural and urban areas in Southwestern Ontario. The Canadian Geographer, online first

Zimudzi E, Sanders I, Rollings N, Omlin C, 2019. Remote sensing of mangroves using unmanned aerial vehicles: current state and future directions. Journal of Spatial Science, 64:1-17.

Titoko, R., Lowry, J.H., Osborne, T., Naikatini, A., Comely, J. and Riley, R., 2019. Relationship of bird richness, abundance and assemblage to the built environment in a small island tropical urban setting: a Suva, Fiji case study. Urban Ecosystems, 22: 709.

Mertelmeyer, L., Jacobi, J.D., Brink, K., Mueller-Dombois, D. & H.J. Boehmer (2019): Regeneration of Metrosideros polymorpha forests in Hawaii after landscape-level canopy dieback. - Journal of Vegetation Science 30: 146-155.

Dyer, M.J., Keppel, G., Tuivava, M., Vindo, S. & H.J. Boehmer (2019): Using expert knowledge and field surveys to guide management of an invasive alien palm in a Pacific Island lowland rainforest. In: C.R. Veitch, (ed.), Island Invasives: Stepping Up To The Challenge, pp 417-423. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN & Dundee, Scotland.

School’s new staff members in Semester II 2019

The School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment welcomes Dr. Sarah Pene (Lecturer in Environmental Science), Ms Arti Reddy (Teaching Assistant in Environmental Science), and Ms Komal Devi (Research Associate).

IGU 2019 - International Geographic Union Commission on Local and Regional Development conference was held at USP. 

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School’s new staff members in Semester I 2019

The School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment welcomes Dr. Eric Katovai (Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science), Dr. Victor Ongoma (Lecturer in Physical Geography), Dr. Tayyab Shah (Research Fellow in Geospatial Science), Mr. Richard Tikoto (Teaching Assistant in Geography), Ms Vandana Devi (Teaching Assistant in Geospatial Science), Mr. Semisi Ketenilagi (Research Assistant), Ms Rochika Nand (Research Assistant), and Dr. Michael Fink (Adjunct Lecturer). 

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