Dr Steve Gao

Dr Steve Gao

Spatial Ecological Modeller

Steve is a hydrologist with expertise in monitoring floodplain vegetations response to climate change.


Dr Steve Gao is a Research Fellow in the University of Canberra and CSIRO Environment’s Managing Water Ecosystems group. He is experienced in remote sensing, modelling solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence, machine learning and radiative transfer models. His research advances techniques to evaluate woody floodplain vegetation response to drought and environmental flows. The focus of his research is to integrate new approaches involving remote sensing and measurement of evapotranspiration to advance the understanding of floodplain ecosystem function across broad climatic zones and scales.

Recent Publications

Resilience and adaptive cycles in water-dependent ecosytems: Can panarchy explain trajectories of change among floodplain trees?

TM Doody, PJ McInerney, MC Thoms, S Gao (January, 2024)


Prediction of Open Woodland Transpiration Incorporating Sun-Induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence and Vegetation Structure

S Gao, W Woodgate, X Ma, TM Doody (December, 2023)


Groundwater dependent ecosystems: determining ecohydrological water requirements from in-situ measurements to enable regional scaling

TM Doody, S Gao, RG Benyon (December, 2023)

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Scaling In-situ Tree Evapotranspiration Measurements Regionally using Random Forest Modelling

TM Doody, S Gao, PL Nagler (December, 2023)


Evaluating the saturation effect of vegetation indices in forests using 3D radiative transfer simulations and satellite observations

S Gao, R Zhong, K Yan, X Ma, X Chen, J Pu, S Gao, J Qi, G Yin, RB Myneni (September, 2023)