ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Dr Ana Horta

Dr Ana Horta

Ana is a spatial scientist with a research background in geostatistics for environmental applications. She has been involved in research projects which use geostatistical modelling to quantify and map environmental data. Besides her research in geostatistics, Ana has provided environmental consultancy services to private and public companies concerning contamination assessments and environmental strategic assessments. Ana's current research interests include geospatial data analysis and integration, environmental modelling and uncertainty assessment.

Research Interests

  • Geospatial data analysis for environmental and health applications including data mining & data integration
  • Geostatistical modelling algorithms and uncertainty assessment

Bachelor and Masters Science in Environmental Engineering, Instituto Superior Tecnico (University of Lisbon) 1999
PhD in Environmental Engineering, Instituto Superior Tecnico (University of Lisbon) 1999


Membership of Advisory Boards and Panels

Dr Ana Horta is a Member of the Pedometrics Advisory Group 2014-2018, Pedometrics Commission of the International Union of Soil Sciences; and a Member of the Medal Committee of the International Spatial Accuracy Research Association.

Dr Ana Horta is a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Geoderma.


Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Papers

Ramos, T.B., Horta, A., Gonçalves. M.C., Martins, J.C., Pereira, L.S. (2014) "Development of ternary diagrams for estimating water retention properties using geostatistical approaches", Geoderma, 230-231, pp 229–242

Horta, A., Pereira, M.J., Gonçalves, M., Ramos, T., Soares, A. (2014) "Spatial modelling of soil hydraulic properties integrating different supports", Journal of Hydrology, 511, pp 1-9.

Horta, A., Correia, P., Pinheiro, L., Soares, A. (2013). "Geostatistical Data Integration Model for Contamination Assessment", Mathematical Geosciences, 45(5), pp. 575-590.

Horta, A., Soares, A. (2010). "Data integration model to assess soil organic carbon availability", Geoderma, 160 (2), pp. 225-235, ISSN 0016-7061, DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2010.09.026.

Horta, A., Soares, A. (2010). "Direct Sequential Co-simulation with Joint Probability Distributions. Mathematical Geosciences, 42(3), pp. 269-292.

Book Chapters

Horta, A., Bishop, T. (2013). Spatio-temporal analysis to improve agricultural management. In Margaret A. Oliver, Thomas F.A. Bishop, Ben P. Marchant (Eds.), Precision Agriculture for Sustainability and Environmental Protection, Earthscan Food and Agriculture Series, London, Routledge, pp 119-132.

Conference Papers

Horta, A., Whitsed, R., Jelinek, H. (2017) Assessing representativeness of a rural Australian clinical database using a spatial modelling approach. Presented at the 2017 NSW Rural Health and Research Congress, Sept 27-29, Wagga Wagga


Optimised field delineation of contaminated soils, Horta, A. (2015-2017) ARC Linkage Project led by University of Sydney, with partners CSU & Environmental Earth Sciences International Pty Ltd. Project details

Towards a space-time observation system for subsoil moisture content. Richard Claude Mankin Fund (2013-2014).

Soil contamination risk assessment (Case study: Barrinha de Esmoriz) Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology under contract PTDC/CTE-SPA/69127/2006 (2006-2010