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Dr Tom Nordblom
BSc (Cal -Poly, San Luis Obispo , California), MSc, PhD (Oregon State)
Position Senior Research Scientist
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Location NSW DPI, Wagga Wagga
Phone 02 6938 1627
Fax 02 6938 1809
Tom Nordblom is Principal Investigator on the EH Graham Centre (NSW DPI + Charles Sturt University) research project 'Developing Environmental Service Policy for Salinity' funded by RIRDC and MDBC as well as the Future Farming Industries CRC and the University of Western Australia. He has recently taken up further economic research responsibilities for NSW DPI's Rural Innovation Branch.
He joined NSW DPI in 2002 after serving three years as a Senior Research Fellow for the Weeds CRC at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. This followed 17 years service as Farming Systems Economist in the Nile Valley, West Asia / North Africa and Central Asia with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) at Aleppo, Syria.
His post graduate research in agricultural and resource economics at Oregon State University focussed on issues of integrated livestock grazing and cropping in the Oregon Desert and issues behind the historic 10-year US cattle cycle of inventories and prices.
He counts himself lucky to have gained the perspectives of a pilots rating (1971) and two years of experience as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in West Cameroon, followed by an over-land journey through West Africa, the Sahara Desert, North Africa and Europe (1974).
Tom has authored or co-authored 77 refereed publications, comprised of journal articles, books, book chapters, research bulletins and papers in proceedings. In addition he has authored or co-authored 39 other ICARDA publications and 43 other research papers and bulletins.
BSc (1969) Ag Mgmt, Cal -Poly, San Luis Obispo, California
MSc (1972) and PhD (1982), Ag & Resource Econ, Oregon State, Corvallis, Oregon
- 'Triple-bottom-line' evaluation of water and salinity management options
- Farm-level land-use decision analysis
- Catchment-level consequences & costs of farm level decisions
- Benefit / cost analyses in support of plant improvement research
Nordblom T, Finlayson JD, Kelly JA and Hume IH (2008). Matching water-yield and salinity benefits / damages with costs of land use change: developing environmental service policy. Poster and paper, 2nd Int'l Salinity Forum, Salinity, Water and Society - Global Issues, Local Action, 31 March-3 April, 2008 Adelaide, South Australia. Paper is online at: http://conlog.com.au/Conferences.htm
Nordblom T, Reeson A, Whitten S, Finlayson JD, Kelly JA and Hume IH (2008). Developing environmental service policy for salinity & water: Experiments with regulations & markets linking watersheds with downstream water users. Paper, annual conf., Australian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society, Australasia 's resource-based industries in a future world, Canberra , 5-8 Feb 2008. Online at http://ageconsearch.umn.edu
Nordblom T, Hume I, Cresswell H, Glover M, Hean R, Finlayson J, Wang E (2007). Minimising costs of environmental service provision: water-yield, salt-load and biodiversity targets with new tree planting in Simmons Creek Catchment, NSW, a dryland farming/grazing area. Paper, annual conf., Australian Agricultural & Resource Society 13-16 Feb 2007, Queenstown, New Zealand. Online at: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu
Nordblom T, Hume I, Bathgate A & Reynolds M (2006). Mathematical optimisation of drainage and economic land-use for target water and salt yields. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics , 50 (3): 381-402.
Nordblom T, Hume I, Bathgate A, Hean R & Reynolds M (2005). Towards a market: geophysical-bioeconomic targeting of plant-based land use change for management of stream water yield and salinity. Invited paper, 2 nd Economics and Environment Network (EEN) National Workshop, The Australian National University, Canberra , ACT, May 5 - 6, 2005 (posted at ANU's EEN website http://een.anu.edu.au/workshop.html and that of the CRC-Salinity, http://www.crcsalinity.com.au/documents/uploads/nordblom.pdf )