Rohan Fisher

Rohan Fisher
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Information technology for development researcher.
Primary research group: 
Darwin Centre for Bushfires Research


Rohan Fisher has worked with satellite data and GIS for the last 26 years, initially for CSIRO in Canberra, and subsequently for the Northern Territory government in Alice Springs and Darwin. For the last 13 years he has worked as a Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University focusing on GIS and Remote Sensing tools for natural resource management and good governance in the Eastern Indonesian province of Nusa Tenggara Timur. Rohan also works for the Darwin Center for Bushfires Research conducting weekly fire mapping for the Northern Territory and the Kimberley. Recent research and training has been on open-source applications for mapping health and environmental data in remote, developing country contexts.

Current research is focused on geosimulation modelling using Agent-Based modelling tools for landscape process visualisation. This work is exploring the use of projection augmented 3D printed and sand landscapes to visualise fire spread and hydrological processes.

Teaching engagment

  • Contributing to the delivery of the Introduction to GIS unit through developing project material derived from GIS work in West Timor.
  • Development and delivery of the Eastern Indonesian Field intensive unit.
  • Lecturing into the Flinders/CDU biomedical school  and Pharmacy degree.

PG (associate) supervision 

  •  Sarah Hobgen
  •   Abilio daFonseca   - Climate change imapcts on coastal communities in Timor Leste.

Project Links

Community Participatory Mapping


Outreach CoverGIS Comes to East Nusa Tennggara - TEMPO Article

Read this TEMPO article on Rohan Fisher's work developing GIS capacity in East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia. (PDF)




Fire managment in Eastern Indonesia


Fire Managment in Eastern Indonesia and Northern Australia from Rohan Fisher on Vimeo.

Health Mapping in NTT

Health Mapping in Eastern Indonesia from Rohan Fisher on Vimeo.

For more information about this project visit:

Ten years of natural resource managment capacity building in Eastern Indonesia

Rohan Fisher - Indonesia Seminar from Rohan Fisher on Vimeo.

My projects

This project will improve accuracy and timeliness of SMS reporting for monitoring and surveillanc

Poor basic health particularly high maternal mortality and poor neo-natal health in east Nusa Ten

People I work with

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Andrew Edwards
Research Fellow, Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research
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Dr Peter Jacklyn
Co-ordinator Communications, Senior Research Fellow
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Cameron Yates
Team Leader DCBR
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Jay Evans
Research Assistant
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Dominique Lynch
Research Associate - Bush fire Research, Vegetation Mapping
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Kate van Wezel
PhD student
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Jeremy Russell-Smith
Adjunct Research Fellow
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Kamaljit K. Sangha
Research Fellow (Ecological Economics)

My blog posts

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Supporting pathways to minimise the harm and maximise the benefits from community mining enterprises in Eastern Indonesia.

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There are 6.3 billion mobile connections globally, with 90% of the world’s population having some access to a mobile phone (compared to a 34% global penetration of the internet).

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After a year of painstaking work by myself and staff at Cape York Sustainable Futures we have finally completed ground-breaking fire mapping for north Australia from the year 2000 to the present at a level of accuracy and resolution far exceeding any another available data set.

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