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About Adjunct Associate Professor Sumith Pathirana

Dr Sumith Pathirana BA(Hons)(SriLanka), GradDipAppSocStats(SriLanka), MA(Car), PhD(Kent)
Dr Sumith Pathirana is a Senior Lecturer in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing. Sumith has an Honours degree in Geography and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics from the University of Sri Jayawardanapura (Sri Lanka), a Master of Arts degree in Geography from Carleton University, Ottawa (Canada), and a PhD in Remote Sensing and GIS from Kent State University, Ohio (USA). Sumith also completed postgraduate study - Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Learning and Teaching) at Southern Cross University in 2010.
Sumith Joined the School of Environmental Science & Management, Southern Cross University in late 1991 to start GIS and Remote Sensing research and teaching programs. Before joining the School, Sumith worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo, Ohio and also worked at Kent State University, Ohio.
Within his main expertise areas of GIS and Remote Sensing, Sumith’s main research focus has been the application of GIS and remote sensing in vulnerability and hazard studies, particularly related to coastal environments. He examines the impact of climate change on coast and coastal ecosystems and vector-borne diseases. He has been involved in a number of research projects on land cover and land use change detection, multi-criteria analysis, and the use of process models in addressing human impact on coastal catchment environments. He also was a recipient of prestigious Japanese government research award (STA) for Foreign Experts to conduct research at the Geographical Survey Institute. Sumith was nominated for the award by the Australian Academy of Science.
Sumith is also involved in the CRC for Sustainable Tourism and a number of other collaborative research projects with UNEP-USGS, Germany, Japan and Sri Lanka. In 2005 he completed an extensive report on the vulnerability of global coastal zones for UNEP and contributed to the UNEP publication on “One Planet – Many People”. Currently Sumith is working on a collaborative research work with the Medical College, Kobe University on the impact of climate change on vector-borne diseases in Sri Lanka and the Solomon Islands.
Sumith has published extensively in international journals, international conference proceedings as well as consultancy reports. He is an academic referee for scientific papers for a range of journals and supervises a number of research students (PhD, Hons).
His teaching includes Introduction to Geographical Information Systems, Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis and integrated research units in the School of Environmental Science and Management, Southern Cross University. Sumith also worked as the Director, Centre for Geoinformatics Research and Environmental Assessment Technology (GREAT) at Southern Cross University which conducts research, consultancy and workshops in environment related fields. Currently he is the coordinator of third year research projects (Integrated Projects) at the School of Environmental Science & Management.


2013 - Present Adjunct Associate Professor, Southern Cross University School of Environment, Science and Engineering

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Contact Information

PO Box 157
Lismore NSW
Australia 2480
Phone: (+61 2) 6620 3036
Fax: (+61 2) 6621 2669


Journal articles (13)

Book chapters (1)

Conference publications (22)