Hi and welcome,
I set up this site mainly to allow free and hopefully easy access to my doctoral thesis. Previously this was available on The University of Sydney's Precision Agriculture Laboratory website (formerly the but has been lost in recent restructuring. The thesis can be downloaded for free in one file or as individual chapters. All I ask is that appropriate acknowledgements are made if you are using this work. Several chapters have been published as journal or conference articles (noted below) and I would prefer that these be referenced rather than the thesis. However there are some differences between the two versions and of course there is work in the thesis that is unpublished elsewhere. If you would like a copy of any of the other articles that are listed on my Publications page , please do not hesitate to ask me.
I have also attached a brief CV and a publication list for those (very few of you I am sure) that are interested in this. At the moment I am employed on rolling one-year contracts at Cornell University on the EfficientVineyard.org project. While I am hopeful that this position will become more long-term, my position at CLEREL past 2013 is not yet assured. My preference is to secure a permanent research-based position and I am open to any offers of positions of permanent or continuing employment.
(updated April, 2013)
Reference: Taylor, J.A. (2004) Precision Viticulture and Digital Terroir: Investigations into the application of information technology in Australian vineyards. PhD Thesis. The University of Sydney.
Chapter 3 - New Technologies and Opportunities for Australian Viticulture (see also: Tisseyre, B., Ojeda, H. and Taylor, J. (2007) New technologies and methodologies for site-specific viticulture. J. Int. Sci. Vigne Vin, 41(2), p63-76)
Chapter 4 - How Variable is Vineyard Production? (see also: Taylor, J.A., Tisseyre, B., Bramley, R.G.V. and Reid, A. (2005) A comparison of the spatial variability of vineyard yield in European and Australian production systems. Precision Agriculture ’05. Proceedings of 5th ECPA, Uppsala, Sweden, June 8-11. J.V. Stafford (ed). Wageningen Academic Publishers)
Chapter 5 - A protocol for mapping vineyard soil surveys (see also: Taylor, J.A. and Minasny, B. (2006) A protocol for converting qualitative point soil pit survey data into continuous soil property maps. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 44, p543-550 (doi:10.1071/SR06060 0004-9573/06/050543))
Chapter 7 - Predicting Digital Terroirs to aid Vineyard Design (see also: Taylor, J., Tisseyre, B. and Praat, J-P. (2005) Bottling Good Information: Mixing Tradition and Technology in vineyards. Frutic’ 05 Symposium, September 12-16, Montpellier France.)
Chapter 8 - Development of a fuzzy logic model for the prediction of total” grape quality from multiple must attributes (see also: Taylor, J.A. McBratney, A.B., and Ciaverella, R. (2003) Predicting and mapping winegrape quality from multiple must properties. In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Precision Agriculture, Jul 14-17, 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA )