Dr James Watson

Research Fellow

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
j.watson@uq.edu.au
+61 7 4529 4177

Overview

Dr James Watson is a member of the Joint Remote Sensing Research Program (https://www.jrsrp.org.au/).

James received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Queensland, and has previously worked at the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (University of Leeds, United Kingdom) and the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (UQ). He is a contributing author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR5), and designed the data pipeline of the GECKO proximal sensing project. James has developed a number of novel feature detection algorithms, and is experienced in high performance computing, dynamic visualizations, and the calibration and programming of hyperspectral, LIDAR, GPS and thermal sensors.

Research Interests

  • Remote Sensing
    I am currently investigating methods for analysing land use history from Landsat and Sentinel satellite data.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Watson, James, Challinor, Andrew J., Fricker, Thomas E. and Ferro, Christopher A. T. (2014). Comparing the effects of calibration and climate errors on a statistical crop model and a process-based crop model. Climatic Change, 132 (1), 93-109. doi: 10.1007/s10584-014-1264-3

  • Challinor, A. J., Watson, J., Lobell, D. B., Howden, S. M., Smith, D. R. and Chhetri, N. (2014). A meta-analysis of crop yield under climate change and adaptation. Nature Climate Change, 4 (4), 287-291. doi: 10.1038/nclimate2153

  • Porter, John R., Xie, Liyong, Challinor, Andrew J., Cochrane, Kevern, Howden, S. Mark, Iqbal, Muhammad Mohsin, Lobell, David B., Travasso, Maria Isabel, Netra Chhetri, Netra Chhetri, Garrett, Karen, Ingram, John, Lipper, Leslie, McCarthy, Nancy, McGrath, Justin, Smith, Daniel, Thornton, Philip, Watson, James and Ziska, Lewis (2014). Food security and food production systems. Climate change 2014: impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. Part A: global and sectoral aspects. (pp. 485-533) edited by Christopher B. Field, Vicente R. Barros, David Jon Dokken, Katharine J. Mach, Michael D. Mastrandrea, T. Eren Bilir, Monalisa Chatterjee, Kristie L. Ebi, Yuka Otsuki Estrada, Robert C. Genova, Betelhem Girma, Eric S. Kissel, Andrew N. Levy, Sandy MacCracken and Patricia R. Mastrandrea. New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.

  • Watson, James and Challinor, Andrew (2013). The relative importance of rainfall, temperature and yield data for a regional-scale crop model. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 170, 47-57. doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2012.08.001

  • Wiles, Janet and Watson, James (2005). Patterns in complex systems modeling. Sixth International Conference on Intelligent Data Engineering and Automated Learning (IDEAL 2005), Brisbane, Australia, 6-8 July 2005. Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag. doi: 10.1007/11508069_69

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Publications

Featured Publications

  • Watson, James, Challinor, Andrew J., Fricker, Thomas E. and Ferro, Christopher A. T. (2014). Comparing the effects of calibration and climate errors on a statistical crop model and a process-based crop model. Climatic Change, 132 (1), 93-109. doi: 10.1007/s10584-014-1264-3

  • Challinor, A. J., Watson, J., Lobell, D. B., Howden, S. M., Smith, D. R. and Chhetri, N. (2014). A meta-analysis of crop yield under climate change and adaptation. Nature Climate Change, 4 (4), 287-291. doi: 10.1038/nclimate2153

  • Porter, John R., Xie, Liyong, Challinor, Andrew J., Cochrane, Kevern, Howden, S. Mark, Iqbal, Muhammad Mohsin, Lobell, David B., Travasso, Maria Isabel, Netra Chhetri, Netra Chhetri, Garrett, Karen, Ingram, John, Lipper, Leslie, McCarthy, Nancy, McGrath, Justin, Smith, Daniel, Thornton, Philip, Watson, James and Ziska, Lewis (2014). Food security and food production systems. Climate change 2014: impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. Part A: global and sectoral aspects. (pp. 485-533) edited by Christopher B. Field, Vicente R. Barros, David Jon Dokken, Katharine J. Mach, Michael D. Mastrandrea, T. Eren Bilir, Monalisa Chatterjee, Kristie L. Ebi, Yuka Otsuki Estrada, Robert C. Genova, Betelhem Girma, Eric S. Kissel, Andrew N. Levy, Sandy MacCracken and Patricia R. Mastrandrea. New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.

  • Watson, James and Challinor, Andrew (2013). The relative importance of rainfall, temperature and yield data for a regional-scale crop model. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 170, 47-57. doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2012.08.001

  • Wiles, Janet and Watson, James (2005). Patterns in complex systems modeling. Sixth International Conference on Intelligent Data Engineering and Automated Learning (IDEAL 2005), Brisbane, Australia, 6-8 July 2005. Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag. doi: 10.1007/11508069_69

Book Chapter

  • Potgieter, Andries B., Watson, James, George-Jaeggli, Barbara, McLean, Gregory, Eldridge, Mark, Chapman, Scott C., Laws, Kenneth, Christopher, Jack, Chenu, Karine, Borrell, Andrew, Hammer, Graeme and Jordan, David R. (2019). The use of hyperspectral proximal sensing for phenotyping of plant breeding trials. Fundamentals, Sensor Systems, Spectral Libraries, and Data Mining for Vegetation. (pp. 127-148) edited by Prasad S. Thenkabail, John G. Lyon and Alfredo Huete. Boca Raton FL, United States: CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group.

  • Porter, John R., Xie, Liyong, Challinor, Andrew J., Cochrane, Kevern, Howden, S. Mark, Iqbal, Muhammad Mohsin, Lobell, David B., Travasso, Maria Isabel, Netra Chhetri, Netra Chhetri, Garrett, Karen, Ingram, John, Lipper, Leslie, McCarthy, Nancy, McGrath, Justin, Smith, Daniel, Thornton, Philip, Watson, James and Ziska, Lewis (2014). Food security and food production systems. Climate change 2014: impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. Part A: global and sectoral aspects. (pp. 485-533) edited by Christopher B. Field, Vicente R. Barros, David Jon Dokken, Katharine J. Mach, Michael D. Mastrandrea, T. Eren Bilir, Monalisa Chatterjee, Kristie L. Ebi, Yuka Otsuki Estrada, Robert C. Genova, Betelhem Girma, Eric S. Kissel, Andrew N. Levy, Sandy MacCracken and Patricia R. Mastrandrea. New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.

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