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Dr Stuart Mead

Research Officer

Doctoral Supervisor
School of Agriculture and Environment

Professional

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Macquarie University (2017)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  • Numerical simulation of environmental flows
  • Computational techniques for hazard assessment
  • Volcanic hazard and risk

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Earth Sciences (040000): Geology (040300):
Mathematical Sciences (010000): Numerical Analysis (010301): Numerical and Computational Mathematics (010300):
Volcanology (040314)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 3
Team Member 1 0

Current Projects

Project Title: He Tatai Whenua: A Te Ao Maori landscape classification

Our research will synthesize a Te Ao Maori landscape classification that can be directly integrated with existing geographical information systems (GIS). We will produce the first indigenous peoples, or Maori metric based Landscape Classification for New Zealand. Despite Maori expert elicitation, or interpretation, of landscape features being well recognised, coherent representation and display of this knowledge is significantly underdeveloped. Data of this kind is still treated as anecdotal or qualitative and, as a result, lacks impact in environmental management and decision-making. In stark contrast, the underlying descriptors and datasets used to classify NZ's environment for decision-making are all displayed in advanced GIS systems utilising cutting edge technology (e.g. geology (Qmap), soils (SMap), bio-diversity (Landcover Database/LENZ), and land use/capability (NZ Land Resource Inventory)). Many of the fundamental methods used to create these datasets are based on frameworks and criteria created through quasi-quantitative methods with no inclusion or recognition of matauranga Maori. This will be achieved through three components: 1. Development of Maori landscape classification criteria based on matauranga Maori, tikanga, kaitiakitanga and tohu taiao from leading Maori academics and Iwi partners 2. Generation of the first Maori Landscape Classification GIS (MLC-GIS) and database using new IT, GIS, remote sensing techniques and mathematical methods to visualise landscapes based on the developed criteria 3. Application of the MLC-GIS alongside existing environmental databases in new catchment management strategies Our research will use the Manawatu catchment to develop the protocols required to extend the proposed Maori Landscape Classification GIS to the whole of NZ. Globally this will be the first time such a dataset will be created. Additionally, new geospatial visualisation methods will be developed that will have significant impact.
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Date Range: 2017 - 2022

Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Tierz, P., Bevilacqua, A., Mead, S., Spiller, E., & Sandri, L. (2021). Editorial: Field Data, Models and Uncertainty in Hazard Assessment of Pyroclastic Density Currents and Lahars: Global Perspectives. Frontiers in Earth Science. 9
[Journal article]Authored by: Mead, S.
Kereszturi, G., Schaefer, L., Mead, S., Miller, C., Procter, J., & Kennedy, B. (2021). Synthesis of hydrothermal alteration, rock mechanics and geophysical mapping to constrain failure and debris avalanche hazards at Mt. Ruapehu (New Zealand). New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics. 64(2-3), 421-442
[Journal article]Authored by: Kereszturi, G., Mead, S., Procter, J.
Procter, J., Zernack, A., Mead, S., Morgan, M., & Cronin, S. (2021). A review of lahars; past deposits, historic events and present-day simulations from Mt. Ruapehu and Mt. Taranaki, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics. 64(2-3), 479-503
[Journal article]Authored by: Mead, S., Procter, J., Zernack, A.
Kereszturi, G., Schaefer, LN., Miller, C., & Mead, S. (2020). Hydrothermal Alteration on Composite Volcanoes: Mineralogy, Hyperspectral Imaging, and Aeromagnetic Study of Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. 21(9)
[Journal article]Authored by: Kereszturi, G., Mead, S.
Lormand, C., Zellmer, GF., Németh, K., Kilgour, G., Mead, S., Palmer, AS., . . . Moebis, A. (2018). Weka trainable segmentation plugin in ImageJ: A semi-automatic tool applied to crystal size distributions of microlites in volcanic rocks. Microscopy and Microanalysis. 24(6), 667-675
[Journal article]Authored by: Mead, S., Nemeth, K., Palmer, A., Zellmer, G.
Kereszturi, G., Schaefer, LN., Schleiffarth, WK., Procter, J., Pullanagari, RR., Mead, S., . . . Kennedy, B. (2018). Integrating airborne hyperspectral imagery and LiDAR for volcano mapping and monitoring through image classification. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 73, 323-339
[Journal article]Authored by: Kereszturi, G., Mead, S., Procter, J., Pullanagari, R.
Mead, SR., Magill, C., Lemiale, V., Thouret, JC., & Prakash, M. (2017). Examining the impact of lahars on buildings using numerical modelling. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. 17(5), 703-719
[Journal article]Authored by: Mead, S.
Mead, SR., & Magill, CR. (2017). Probabilistic hazard modelling of rain-triggered lahars. Journal of Applied Volcanology. 6(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Mead, S.
Mead, S., Magill, C., & Hilton, J. (2016). Rain-triggered lahar susceptibility using a shallow landslide and surface erosion model. Geomorphology. 273, 168-177
[Journal article]Authored by: Mead, S.
Mead, SR., & Cleary, PW. (2015). Validation of DEM prediction for granular avalanches on irregular terrain. Journal of Geophysical Research F: Earth Surface. 120(9), 1724-1742
[Journal article]Authored by: Mead, S.
Cleary, PW., Prakash, M., Mead, S., Lemiale, V., Robinson, GK., Ye, F., . . . Tang, X. (2015). A scenario-based risk framework for determining consequences of different failure modes of earth dams. Natural Hazards. 75(2), 1489-1530
[Journal article]Authored by: Mead, S.
Mead, S., & Magill, C. (2014). Determining change points in data completeness for the Holocene eruption record. Bulletin of Volcanology. 76(11)
[Journal article]Authored by: Mead, S.
Cleary, PW., Cohen, RCZ., Harrison, SM., Sinnott, MD., Prakash, M., & Mead, S. (2013). Prediction of industrial, biophysical and extreme geophysical flows using particle methods. Engineering Computations (Swansea, Wales). 30(2), 157-196
[Journal article]Authored by: Mead, S.
Cleary, PW., Prakash, M., Mead, S., Tang, X., Wang, H., & Ouyang, S. (2012). Dynamic simulation of dam-break scenarios for risk analysis and disaster management. International Journal of Image and Data Fusion. 3(4), 333-363
[Journal article]Authored by: Mead, S.

Conference

Kereszturi, G., Scheafer, L., Miller, C., & Mead, S. (2020). Understanding composite volcano architecture through hydrothermal alteration mapping – A case study for Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand. , Geoscience Society of New Zealand Conference 2020
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kereszturi, G., Mead, S.
Brosch, E., Lube, G., Kilgour, G., Mead, S., Asher, C., Fullard, L., . . . Uhle, D. (2020). Reconstructing the dynamics of jets and pyroclastic currents of the 9 December 2019 Whakaari eruption. , Geoscience Society of New Zealand Annual Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Brosch, E., Lube, G., Mead, S.
Rodriguez-Gomez, C., Kereszturi, G., Reeves, R., Mead, S., Pullanagari, R., Rae, A., . . . Jeyakumar, P.Mapping Antimony Concentration over Geothermal Areas Using Hyperspectral and Thermal Remote Sensing. International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS). (pp. 1086 - 1089).
[Conference]Authored by: Jeyakumar, P., Kereszturi, G., Mead, S., Pullanagari, R.
Lormand, C., Zellmer, G., Sakamoto, N., Kilgour, GN., Palmer, AS., Yurimoto, H., . . . Moebis, A. (2020). Pulses of aphyric andesite dykes remobilising micrometre-sized crystal cargo at Tongariro, NZ. , Goldschmidt 2020
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Mead, S., Nemeth, K., Palmer, A., Zellmer, G.
Kereszturi, G., Scheafer, L., Pullanagari, R., Miller, C., Mead, S., Kennedy, B., . . . Procter, J. (2019). Mapping hydrothermal alteration on Mt Ruapehu (New Zealand) using field, laboratory, and hyperspectral imaging measurements. Geoscience Society of New Zealand Miscellaneous Publication 152. : IAVCEI – 5th Volcanic Geology Workshop
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Kereszturi, G., Mead, S., Pullanagari, R.
Mead, S., Kereszturi, G., Miller, C., & Schaefer, L. (2019). Combining slope stability and mass flow models to forecast debris avalanche hazard at Mt. Ruapehu. , Geosciences 2019
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kereszturi, G., Mead, S.
Miller, C., Kereszturi, G., Schaefer, L., Fournier, D., & Mead, S. (2019). Surface and volumetric alteration of Mt Ruapehu from aeromagnetic data inversion and hyperspectral imaging. , 27th IUGG General Assembly
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kereszturi, G., Mead, S.
Kereszturi, G., Schaefer, L., Miller, C., Pullanagari, R., & Mead, S. (2019). Mapping hydrothermal alteration on composite volcanoes using airborne hyperspectral imaging - Case study of Mt Ruapehu (New Zealand). , 27th IUGG General Assembly
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kereszturi, G., Mead, S., Pullanagari, R.
Kereszturi, G., Schaefer, L., Pullanagari, R., Miller, C., & Mead, S. (2019). Hyperspectral remote sensing as a tool for mapping hydrothermal alteration on volcanoes–A case study of Mt Ruapehu (New Zealand). , 21st EGU General Assembly, EGU2019
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kereszturi, G., Mead, S., Pullanagari, R.
Lormand, C., Zellmer, G., Kilgour, G., Iizuka, Y., Mead, S., Sakamoto, N., . . . Yurimoto, H. (2018). Microlite size distributions and P-T-X(H2O) constraints of Central Plateau tephras, New Zealand: Implications for magma ascent processes of explosive eruptions. , AGU Fall Meeting
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Mead, S., Nemeth, K., Palmer, A., Zellmer, G.
Lormand, C., Zellmer, G., Kilgour, G., Iizuka, Y., Mead, S., Sakamoto, N., . . . Yurimoto, H. (2018). Microlite size distributions and P-T-X(H2O) constraints of Central Plateau Tephras, New Zealand: Implications for magma ascent processes of explosive eruptions. , State of the Arc 7
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Mead, S., Nemeth, K., Palmer, A., Zellmer, G.
Kereszturi, G., Pullanagari, RR., Mead, S., Schaefer, LN., Procter, J., Schleiffarth, WK., . . . Kennedy, B. (2018). Geological mapping of hydrothermal alteration on volcanoes from multi-sensor platforms. International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS). Vol. 2018-July (pp. 220 - 223).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Kereszturi, G., Mead, S., Procter, J., Pullanagari, R.
Kereszturi, G., Procter, J., Schaefer, L., Pullanagari, R., Mead, S., & Kennedy, B. (2017). Airborne hyperspectral imaging for monitoring active volcanic system – Lithological and hydrothermal alteration mapping of the Upper Te Maari craters, Tongariro Volcanic Complex, New Zealand. , International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) General Assembley
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Kereszturi, G., Mead, S., Pullanagari, R.
Mead, SR., Prakash, M., Magill, C., Bolger, M., & Thouret, JC. (2015). A Distributed Computing Workflow for Modelling Environmental Flows in Complex Terrain. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. Vol. 448 (pp. 321 - 332).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Mead, S.
Lemiale, V., Mead, SR., & Cleary, P.(2012, December). Numerical modelling of landslide events using a combination of continuum and discrete methods. .
[Conference]Authored by: Mead, S.
Mead, SR., Cleary, PW., & Robinson, GK.(2012, December). Characterising the failure and repose angles of irregularly shaped three-dimensional particles using DEM. .
[Conference]Authored by: Mead, S.
Cleary, PW., Cohen, RCZ., Harrison, S., Sinnott, M., Prakash, M., & Mead, S.Prediction of extreme geophysical, industrial and biophysical flows using particle methods. MODSIM 2011 - 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation - Sustaining Our Future: Understanding and Living with Uncertainty. (pp. 1 - 12).
[Conference]Authored by: Mead, S.
Mead, S., & Cleary, PW.Three dimensional avalanche modelling across irregular terrain using DEM: Comparison with experiment. MODSIM 2011 - 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation - Sustaining Our Future: Understanding and Living with Uncertainty. (pp. 2838 - 2844).
[Conference]Authored by: Mead, S.

Teaching and Supervision

Graduate Supervision Statement

We have PhD opportunities avaliable for motivated students with quantitative backgrounds in volcanology, earth and environmental sciences. Feel free to contact me for more information.


Dr Stuart Mead is available for Masters and Doctorial supervision.

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 1 0
Co-supervisor 4 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

Co-supervisor of:

  • Shannen Mills - Doctor of Philosophy
    Exploring the textural characteristic of tephra clasts from Taranaki and Ruapehu
  • Moka Apiti - Doctor of Philosophy
    He Ipu Arataki i te Taiao. He Whakapapa ki te Whenua. Exploring the role of digital spatial technologies supporting the development of matauranga Maori and storing traditional knowledge
  • Stephen Collins - Doctor of Philosophy
    Refining estimates of nitrogen attenuation in New Zealand to inform modelling of catchment water quality management scenarios
  • Nic Mostert - Doctor of Philosophy
    A statistical model for forecasting tephra grain size deposition, and its use in hazard forecasting