Dr Wendy Merritt

Research Fellow

Research interests

My research interests are natural resource assessment and modelling, focussing on using models to inform the management of land and water resources. I have considerable experience in the design and development of models and Decision Support Systems (DSS) within a participatory environment and have worked extensively and collaboratively with Commonwealth, State/Territory and local government agencies in Australia and also with researchers and consultants working across a range of disciplines (including ecologists, hydrologists, and social scientists).

  • Fu, B, Dyer, F, Kravchenko, A et al 2017, 'A note on communicating environmental change for non-market valuation', Ecological Indicators, vol. 72, pp. 165-172.
  • Merritt, W, Fu, B, Ticehurst, J et al 2017, 'Realizing modelling outcomes: A synthesis of success factors and their use in a retrospective analysis of 15 Australian water resource projects', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 94, pp. 63-72pp.
  • Merritt, W, Patch, B, Reddy, V et al 2016, 'Modelling livelihoods and household resilience to droughts using Bayesian networks', Environment, Development and Sustainability, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 315-346pp.
  • Merritt, W, Patch, B, Reddy, V et al 2015, 'Modeling Livelihood Indicators and Household Resilience using Bayesian Networks', in V.R. Reddy and G.J. Syme (ed.), Integrated Assessment of Scale Impacts of Watershed Intervention: assessing hydrogeological and bio-physical influences on livelihoods, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Kidlington and Waltham, pp. 287-316.
  • Syme, G, Reddy, V, Ahmed, S et al 2015, 'Analytical Framework, Study Design, and Methodology', in V.R. Reddy and G.J. Syme (ed.), Integrated Assessment of Scale Impacts of Watershed Intervention: assessing hydrogeological and bio-physical influences on livelihoods, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Kidlington and Waltham, pp. 23-54.
  • Merritt, W, Rao, K, Patch, B et al 2015, 'Exploring Implications of Climate, Land Use, and Policy Intervention Scenarios on Water Resources, Livelihoods, and Resilience', in V.R. Reddy and G.J. Syme (ed.), Integrated Assessment of Scale Impacts of Watershed Intervention: assessing hydrogeological and bio-physical influences on livelihoods, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Kidlington and Waltham, pp. 379-407.
  • Merritt, W, Fu, B, Ticehurst, J et al 2015, 'Synthesising and evaluating the criteria of successful decision support models to support water resource assessment and management', 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2015), ed. Weber, T., McPhee, M.J. and Anderssen, R.S., The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Australia, pp. 498pp.
  • Fu, B, Dyer, F, Scarpa, R et al 2015, 'Valuing environmental water – lessons from a
    transdisciplinary ecological-economic study', 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2015), ed. Weber, T., McPhee, M.J. and Anderssen, R.S., The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Australia, p. 594.
  • Akter, S, Grafton, P & Merritt, W 2014, 'Integrated hydro-ecological and economic modeling of environmental flows: Macquarie Marshes, Australia', Agricultural Water Management, 145, 98-109.
  • Jakeman, A, Merritt, W, Fu, B et al 2013, 'Decision support systems: experiences, lessons and recommendations', 22nd NSW Coastal Conference, 22nd NSW Coastal Conference, Australia, pp. 1-15pp.
  • Patch, B, Merritt, W, Reddy, V & Rout, S 2013, 'Evaluating watershed development impacts on physical capital using household surveys and Bayesian networks', 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, ed. Piantadosi, J., Anderssen, R.S. and Boland J., Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Australia, pp. 2959-2965. (http://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim2013/L16/patch.pdf)
  • Fu, B & Merritt, W 2012, 'The Impact of Uncertain Ecological Knowledge on a Water Suitability Model of Riverine Vegetation', International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs 2012), ed. R. Seppelt, A.A. Voinov, S. Lange, D. Bankamp, International Environmental Modelling & Software Society, Leipzig Germany, pp. 917-924.
  • Ticehurst, J, Pollino, C & Merritt, W 2012, 'Bayesian networks as integration tools in collaborative research', in Ted Lefroy, Allan Curtis, Anthony Jakeman & James McKee (ed.), Landscape Logic, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria, pp. 239-254.
  • Race, D, Curtis, A, Kyle, G et al 2012, 'Exploring landscape history through integrated participatory research: experiences from Victoria', in Ted Lefroy, Allan Curtis, Anthony Jakeman & James McKee (ed.), Landscape Logic, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria, pp. 145-156.
  • Merritt, W, Reddy, V, Tallapragada, C et al 2012, 'Modelling social and environmental impacts of watershed development in Andhra Pradesh, India', International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs 2012), ed. R. Seppelt, A.A. Voinov, S. Lange, D. Bankamp, International Environmental Modelling & Software Society, Leipzig Germany, pp. 451-458.
  • Fu, B, Pollino, C, Merritt, W et al 2011, 'Coupled Bayesian Networks and recursive partitioning method for wetland and ecological modelling', MODSIM 2011 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, ed. Chan, F., Marinova, D. and Anderssen, R.S., Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Australia, pp. 2451-2457.
  • McIntosh, B, Ascough II, J, Twery, M, Chew, J, Elmahdi, A, Haase, D, Harou, J, Hepting, D, Cuddy, S, Jakeman, A, Chen, S, Kassahun, A, Lautenbach, S, et al. 2011, 'Environmental decision support systems (EDSS) development - Challenges and best practices', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 26, no. 12, pp. 1389-1402.
  • Merritt, W, Reddy, V, Rao, K et al 2011, 'Integrated modelling for understanding watershed development impacts on social and biophysical systems', MODSIM 2011 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, ed. Chan, F., Marinova, D. and Anderssen, R.S., Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Australia, pp. 2887-2893.
  • Ticehurst, J, Curtis, A & Merritt, W 2011, 'Using Bayesian Networks to complement conventional analyses to explore landholder management of native vegetation', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 52-65.
  • Merritt, W, Ticehurst, J, Pollino, C et al 2010, 'The value of using Bayesian Networks in Environmental Decision Support Systems to support natural resource management', International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs 2010), ed. David A. Swayne, Wanhong Yang, A.A. Voinov, A. Rizzoli, T. Filatova, International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, Canada, pp. 2080-2088.
  • Merritt, W, Powell, S, Pollino, C et al 2010, 'IBIS: a decision support system for managers of environmental flows into wetlands', in N. Saintilan and I. Overton (ed.), Ecosystem Response Modelling in the Murray-Darling Basin, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, pp. 119-135.
  • Kelly, R & Merritt, W 2010, 'The Role of Decision Support Systems (DSS) in Planning for Improved Water Quality in Coastal Lakes', in B. Manos, K. Paparrizos, N. Matsatsinis, J. Papathanasiou (ed.), Decision Support Systems in Agriculture, Food and the Environment: Trends, Applications and Advances, Information Science Reference, Hershey, USA, pp. 47-73.
  • Merritt, W, Pollino, C, Powell, S et al 2009, 'Integrating hydrology and ecology models into flexible and adaptive decision support tools: the IBIS DSS', International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM 2009), ed. Anderssen, R.S., R.D. Braddock and L.T.H. Newham, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Australia, pp. 3858-3864.
  • Merritt, W, Duncan, D, Kyle, G et al 2009, 'Using local knowledge to identify drivers of historic native vegetation change', International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM 2009), ed. Anderssen, R.S., R.D. Braddock and L.T.H. Newham, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Australia, pp. 2392-2398.
  • Ticehurst, J, Curtis, A & Merritt, W 2009, 'Analysing social data on adoption of conservation practices: Exploring Bayesian networks', International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM 2009), ed. Anderssen, R.S., R.D. Braddock and L.T.H. Newham, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Australia, pp. 2450-2456.
  • Merritt, W, Herron, N & Letcher, R 2007, 'Scoping the Functionality of a DSS for Water Quality Improvement in the Great Lakes Region of NSW', International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM 2007), ed. Les Oxley & Don Kulasiri, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., New Zealand, pp. 664-670.
  • Merritt, W, Cohen, S, Neilsen, D et al 2006, 'Learning with Local Help: Expanding the Dialogue on Climate Change and Water Management in the Okanagan Region, British Columbia, Canada', Climatic Change, vol. 75, no. 3, pp. 331-358.
  • Letcher, R, Croke, B, Jakeman, A et al 2006, 'An integrated modelling toolbox for water resources assessment and management in highland catchments: Model description', Agricultural Systems, vol. 89, no. 1, pp. 106-131.
  • Letcher, R, Croke, B, Merritt, W et al 2006, 'An integrated modelling toolbox for water resources assessment and management in highland catchments: Sensitivity analysis and testing', Agricultural Systems, vol. 89, pp. 132-164.
  • Merritt, W, Alila, Y, Barton, M et al 2006, 'Hydrologic response to scenarios of climate change in sub watersheds of the Okanagan basin, British Columbia', Journal of Hydrology, no. 326, pp. 79-108.
  • Merritt, W, Croke, B & Pratummintra, S 2005, 'Determining crop yield and water use', in A Jakeman, R Letcher, S Rojanasoonthon, S Cuddy (ed.), Integrating knowledge for river basin management: Progress in Thailand, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, Australia, pp. 129-139.
  • Merritt, W, Croke, B, Saifuk, K et al 2005, 'Estimating the effects of changed land use and management on soil loss', in A Jakeman, R Letcher, S Rojanasoonthon, S Cuddy (ed.), Integrating knowledge for river basin management: Progress in Thailand, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, Australia, pp. 141-156.
  • Merritt, W, Letcher, R, Croke, B et al 2005, 'Using the Integrated Water Resource Assessment and Management project decision support system to understand trade-offs and improve decision-making', in A Jakeman, R Letcher, S Rojanasoonthon, S Cuddy (ed.), Integrating knowledge for river basin management: Progress in Thailand, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, Australia, pp. 177-202.
  • Ekasingh, B, Merritt, W & Scott, A 2005, 'Natural resource management policies in Thailand and their use in the Mae Chaem Catchment', in A Jakeman, R Letcher, S Rojanasoonthon, S Cuddy (ed.), Integrating knowledge for river basin management: Progress in Thailand, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, Australia, pp. 29-54.
  • Croke, B, Merritt, W, WittawHatchutikul, P et al 2005, 'Simulating the effects of land-cover change on streamflows', in A Jakeman, R Letcher, S Rojanasoonthon, S Cuddy (ed.), Integrating knowledge for river basin management: Progress in Thailand, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, Australia, pp. 109-127.
  • Ticehurst, J, Rissik, D, Newham, L et al 2005, 'Development of a decision support tool for the integrated management of NSW coastal lake catchments', NSW Coastal Conference 2005, Conference Organising Committee, unknown.
  • Merritt, W, Croke, B & Jakeman, A 2005, 'Sensitivity testing of a model for exploring water resources utilisation and management options', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 20, pp. 1013-1030.
  • Merritt, W, Croke, B, Jakeman, A et al 2004, 'A biophysical toolbox for assessment and management of land and water resources in rural catchments in northern Thailand', Ecological Modelling, vol. 171, pp. 279-300.
  • Croke, B, Merritt, W & Jakeman, A 2004, 'A dynamic model for predicting hydrologic response to land cover Changes in gauged and ungauged catchments', Journal of Hydrology, vol. 291, pp. 115-131.
  • Perez, P, Ardlie, S, Kuneepong, P et al 2002, 'CATCHCROP: modeling crop yield and water demand forintegrated catchment assessment in Northern Thailand', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 17, pp. 251-259.
  • Letcher, R, Croke, B, Jakeman, A et al 2002, 'IWRAM: An integrated toolbox for considering impacts of development and land use change in Northern Thailand', Biennial Meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society 2002, ed. A.E. Rizzoli and A.J. Jakeman, International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, Switzerland, pp. III 97-102.
  • Merritt, W, Croke, B & Jakeman, A 2002, 'Sensitivity Testing of a Biophysical Toolbox for Exploring Water Resources Utilisation and Management Options', Biennial Meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society 2002, ed. A.E. Rizzoli and A.J. Jakeman, International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, Switzerland, pp. 311-316.
  • Schreider, S, Jakeman, A, Gallant, J et al 2002, 'Prediction of monthly discharge in ungauged catchments under agricultural use in the Upper Ping Basin, Northern Thailand', Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, vol. 59, pp. 19-33.
  • Merritt, W, Croke, B, Jakeman, A et al 2001, 'Predicting flows in unguaged catchments and catchments subject to forest cover changes', International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM 2001), ed. Ghassemi, F. et. al, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Canberra, pp. 59-64.