Moore, Ian D

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Ian Donald Moore 1951 (Melbourne, Australia) - 1993 (Canberra, Australia)


Born and educated in Melbourne, Ian took his Bachelor's Degree with Honours and then his Master's Degree in Engineering from Monash University.

He went on to gain a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1979, after which he became Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Engineering in the University of Kentucky.

In 1983, Ian was lured back to his homeland as Senior Research Scientist in the then CSIRO Division of Water and Land Resources.

In 1986 Ian returned to Minnesota as Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Forest Resources.

Ian came back to Canberra yet again in 1990 to take up the newly established Jack Beale Chair of Water Resources. He attracted more than $1 million in research grants and was a major drawcard for postgraduate students. He was in great demand as a speaker at national and international conferences. He was an active member of six professional societies. His output of high-quality journal papers was prodigious.

With his close friend and colleague Dr Mike Hutchinson, he was awarded the G N Alexander Medal for 1993 for the best paper in hydrology by the Institution of Engineers, Australia.

Ian was an outstanding scientist with a well-established international reputation. He was due to embellish this reputation at the Second International Conference on Integrating Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Modelling in Colorado in September. He was a plenary speaker at the First International Conference and was to be one at the Second. His paper was delivered by his colleague, John Gallant, and the Plenary Session was given over to a dedication to Ian by Professor David Maidment of the University of Texas. On his return from Colorado, Ian was to deliver a key-note address on terrain modelling in ecology to the Symposium on Applications of GIS in Ecology at the Ecological Society of Australia Conference at the ANU. The symposium was also dedicated to Ian's memory, and a special publication on this work is planned.

Ian's professional achievements were made without any loss of humanity. He had great personal warmth and generosity, and was ever willing to assist those with lesser ability. There were few discussions with Ian in which his love and concern for his family were not evident. He was a man of great intellect, enthusiasm and industry. For someone so energetic, his sudden death shortly after being diagnosed with a brain tumour was a great shock.

Hydrological Achievements[edit]

Ian Moore made major contributions to the use of digital terrain analysis in hydrology (particularly the THALES and TAPES-C software), and its incorporation into hydrological, erosion and water quality modelling. He was instrumental in building on Emmett O'laughlin's wetness index and using it in a hydrological model, the forerunner of the CSIRO Topog model.

Reference Material[edit]

Source: ANU Obituary

Major Publications[edit]

Moore, I.D., Grayson, R.B. and Ladson, A.R., 1991. Digital terrain modelling: a review of hydrological, geomorphological, and biological applications. Hydrological processes, 5(1), pp.3-30.

Moore, I.D., Gessler, P.E., Nielsen, G.A. and Peterson, G.A., 1993. Soil attribute prediction using terrain analysis. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 57(2), pp.443-452.

Grayson, R.B., Moore, I.D. and McMahon, T.A., 1992. Physically based hydrologic modeling: 1. A terrain‐based model for investigative purposes. Water resources research, 28(10), pp.2639-2658.

Gessler, P.E., Moore, I.D., McKenzie, N.J. and Ryan, P.J., 1995. Soil-landscape modelling and spatial prediction of soil attributes. International Journal of Geographical Information Systems, 9(4), pp.421-432.

Moore, I.D., Burch, G.J. and Mackenzie, D.H., 1988. Topographic effects on the distribution of surface soil water and the location of ephemeral gullies. Transactions of the ASAE, 31(4), pp.1098-1107.

Moore, I.D. and Wilson, J.P., 1992. Length-slope factors for the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation: Simplified method of estimation. Journal of soil and water conservation, 47(5), pp.423-428.

Moore, I.D. and Grayson, R.B., 1991. Terrain‐based catchment partitioning and runoff prediction using vector elevation data. Water Resources Research, 27(6), pp.1177-1191.

Sloan, P.G. and Moore, I.D., 1984. Modeling subsurface stormflow on steeply sloping forested watersheds. Water Resources Research, 20(12), pp.1815-1822.

Moore, I.D., Mackay, S.M., Wallbrink, P.J., Burch, G.J. and O'loughlin, E.M., 1986. Hydrologic characteristics and modelling of a small forested catchment in southeastern New South Wales. Pre-logging condition. Journal of hydrology, 83(3-4), pp.307-335.

Barling, R.D., Moore, I.D. and Grayson, R.B., 1994. A quasi‐dynamic wetness index for characterizing the spatial distribution of zones of surface saturation and soil water content. Water Resources Research, 30(4), pp.1029-1044.

Moore, I.D., O'loughlin, E.M. and Burch, G.J., 1988. A contour‐based topographic model for hydrological and ecological applications. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 13(4), pp.305-320.

Gallant, J.C., Moore, I.D., Hutchinson, M.F. and Gessler, P., 1994. Estimating fractal dimension of profiles: a comparison of methods. Mathematical Geology, 26(4), pp.455-481.