School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology

Prof Thomas Baumgartl - Research

Current research projects

  • Batter Stability Project (Energy Australia)
  • Horizontal Borehole Project (Energy Australia)
  • Swamp hydrology numerical modelling for advancing rehabilitation planning and management (ACARP C27059)
  • Archaeology, collections and Australian South Sea Islander lived identities (ARC Linkage)
  • Reclamation of mined environments – identification and quantification of performance indicators in soil covers
  • Shrinkage and desiccation crack patterns in clays
  • The contribution of preferential flow to water balance calculations

Research publications/conferences

  1. Shao, Q., & Baumgartl, T. (2014). Estimating Input Parameters for Four Infiltration Models from Basic Soil, Vegetation, and Rainfall Properties. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 78(5), 1507–1521. http://doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2014.04.0122
  2. Scheuermann, A., Gonzales, C., Fan, J., Braga, B., Baumgartl, T., Lockington, D., et al. (2014). Spatial Time Domain Reflectometry (spatial TDR) in geo-environmental engineering (pp. 237–241). Presented at the 2014 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS), IEEE. http://doi.org/10.1109/SAS.2014.6798953
  3. Hallett, P. D., Baumgartl, T., Seville, J. P. K., Horn, R., & Dexter, A. R. (2014). Tensile Strain-Rate Dependency of Pore Water Pressure and Failure Strength of Soil. Vadose Zone Journal, 0(0), 0. http://doi.org/10.2136/vzj2013.06.0098
  4. Edraki, M., Baumgartl, T., Manlapig, E., Bradshaw, D., Franks, D. M., & Moran, C. J. (2014). Designing mine tailings for better environmental, social and economic outcomes: a review of alternative approaches. Journal of Cleaner Production, 84, 411–420.
  5. Yuan, M., Xu, Z. P., Baumgartl, T., & Huang, L. (2014). Erratum: Effects of surface properties of organic matters on cation adsorption in solution phase (Water Air Soil Pollut DOI: 10.1007/s11270-014-2100-0). Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 225(10), 2161.
  6. Arnold, S., Kailichova, Y., & Baumgartl, T. (2014). Germination of Acacia harpophylla (Brigalow) seeds in relation to soil water potential: implications for rehabilitation of a threatened ecosystem. PeerJ, 2(12), e268. http://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.268/table-2
  7. Edraki, M., Baumgartl, T., Manlapig, E., Bradshaw, D., Franks, D. M., & Moran, C. J. (2014). Designing mine tailings for better environmental, social and economic outcomes: A review of alternative approaches. Journal of Cleaner Production. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.04.079
  8. Chan, J., Baumgartl, T., Erskine, P., Peltre, C., & Plante, A. (2014). Quantitative differentiation between coal, black carbon and soil organic matter in a minesoil matrix using thermal analysis techniques. EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, 16, 4697.
  9. Baumgartl, T., Lechner, A., Audet, P., & Arnold, S. (2014). Climate based suitability indices as a mean to improve revegetation success. EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, 16, 1916.
  10. Gonzales, C., Baumgartl, T., & Scheuermann, A. (2014). Transient soil moisture profile of a water-shedding soil cover in north Queensland, Australia. EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, 16, 1051.
  11. Unger, C., Woodley, A., Gillespie, M., Baumgartl, T., Smith, C., Erskine, P., & Fletcher, A. (2014). Industry based rehabilitation and closure knowledge management system : scoping study. School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Science & Engineering Faculty.
  12. Everingham, J.-A., Collins, N., Rifkin, W., Rodriguez, D., Baumgartl, T., Cavaye, J., & Vink, S. (2014). How Farmers, Graziers, Miners, and Gas-Industry Personnel See Their Potential for Coexistence in Rural Queensland. SPE Economics & Management, 6(03), 122–130. http://doi.org/10.2118/167016-PA
  13. Huang, L., Baumgartl, T., Zhou, L., & Mulligan, D. R. (2014). The New Paradigm for Phytostabilising Mine Wastes – Ecologically Engineered Pedogenesis and Functional Root Zones (pp. 663–674). Presented at the Life-of-Mine 2014 Conference, Brisbane, QLD, 16-18 July 2014.
  14. Gonzales, C., Baumgartl, T., Edraki, M., & Soliman, A. (2014). Mine Wastes as Cover Materials in a Water-shedding Soil Cover in North-west Queensland (pp. 261–270). Presented at the Life-of-Mine 2014 Conference, Brisbane, QLD, 16-18 July 2014.
  15. Baumgartl, T., Arnold, S., Audet, P., & Lechner, A. (2014). Development of Climate-based Suitability Indices for the Improvement of Success in Rehabilitation (pp. 483–490). Presented at the Life-of-Mine 2014 Conference, Brisbane, QLD, 16-18 July 2014.
  16. Shao, Q., Baumgartl, T., Huang, L., & Weatherley, D. (2014). A Cellular Automata-based Run-off Model and its Application in Mined Land Rehabilitation Designs (pp. 81–96). Presented at the Life-of-Mine 2014 Conference, Brisbane, QLD, 16-18 July 2014.
  17. Edraki, M., Huynh, T., Baumgartl, T., Huang, L., Andrusiewicz, M., Tungpalan, K., et al. (2014). Designer Tailings – An Integrated Model for Tailings Management (pp. 599–607). Presented at the Life-of-Mine 2014 Conference, Brisbane, QLD, 16-18 July 2014.
  18. Chan, J., Baumgartl, T., Erskine, P. D., Peltre, C., & Plante, A. (2014). Distinguishing Carbon Fractions in Coalmine Rehabilitated Soils (pp. 491–498). Presented at the Life-of-Mine 2014 Conference, Brisbane, QLD, 16-18 July 2014. Retrieved from  http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:335417
  19. Williams, D. J., Kirsch, P. A., Gasparon, M., Baumgartl, T., Edraki, M., Rowe, D., & Harris, J. (2014). Application of RISKGATE to Coal Mine Tailings Dams (pp. 219–230). Presented at the Life-of-Mine 2014 Conference, Brisbane, QLD, 16-18 July 2014.
  20. Yuan, M., Xu, Z. P., Baumgartl, T., & Huang, L. (2014). Effects of Surface Properties of Organic Matters on Cation Adsorption in Solution Phase. Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 225(9), 2100–14. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11270-014-2100-0
  21. Lechner, A. M., Baumgartl, T., Matthew, P., & Glenn, V. (2014). The impact of underground longwall mining on prime agricultural land: A review and research agenda. Land Degradation & Development, n/a–n/a. http://doi.org/10.1002/ldr.2303
  22. Arnold, S., Kailichova, Y., Knauer, J., Ruthsatz, A. D., & Baumgartl, T. (2014). Effects of soil water potential on germination of co-dominant Brigalow species: Implications for rehabilitation of water-limited ecosystems in the Brigalow Belt bioregion. Ecological Engineering, 70, 35–42. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2014.04.015
  23. Reading, L. P., Lockington, D. A., Bristow, K. L., & Baumgartl, T. (2015). Are we getting accurate measurements of K sat for sodic clay soils? Agricultural Water Management, 158, 120–125. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2015.04.015
  24. Arnold, S., Schneider, A., Doley, D., & Baumgartl, T. (2015). The limited impact of vegetation on the water balance of mine waste cover systems in semi-arid Australia. Ecohydrology. http://doi.org/10.1002/eco.1485
  25. Fan, J., Baumgartl, T., Scheuermann, A., & Lockington, D. A. (2015). Modeling Effects of Canopy and Roots on Soil Moisture and Deep Drainage. Vadose Zone Journal, 14(2), 0. http://doi.org/10.2136/vzj2014.09.0131
  26. Fan, J., Scheuermann, A., Guyot, A., Baumgartl, T., & Lockington, D. A. (2015). Quantifying spatiotemporal dynamics of root-zone soil water in a mixed forest on subtropical coastal sand dune using surface ERT and spatial TDR. Journal of Hydrology, 523, 475–488.
  27. Baumgartl, T., Farioli, A., & Arnold, S. (2015). Integration of Climate Analysis into a Framework for Cover Design (pp. 1–9). Presented at the 10th International conference on Acid Rock Drainage, 22-24 April 2015, Santiago, Chile.
  28. Forsyth, B., Edraki, M., & Baumgartl, T. (2015). The Evolution of Tailings Seepage Chemistry at One of Australia's Largest and Longest operating Mines (pp. 1–11). Presented at the 10th International conference on Acid Rock Drainage, 22-24 April 2015, Santiago, Chile, Santiago de Chile.
  29. Baumgartl, T., Gonzales, C., Soliman, A., & Arnold, S. (2015). Quantification and Mitigation of Preferential Flow in Covers (pp. 1–4). Presented at the Australian Mine Rehabilitation Workshop, 18 to 20 August 2015, Adelaide, South Australia.
  30. Shao, Q., Weatherley, D., Huang, L., & Baumgartl, T. (2015). RunCA: A cellular automata model for simulating surface runoff at different scales. Journal of Hydrology, 529(3), 816–829. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.09.003
  31. Yuan, M., Xu, Z. P., Baumgartl, T., & Huang, L. (2016). Organic amendment and plant growth improved aggregation in Cu/Pb-Zn tailings. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 80(1), 27–37. http://doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2015.03.0091
  32. Shao, Q., & Baumgartl, T. (2016). Field Evaluation of Three Modified Infiltration Models for the Simulation of Rainfall Sequences. Soil Science, 181(2), 45–56. http://doi.org/10.1097/SS.0000000000000136
  33. Everingham, J.-A., Collins, N., Cavaye, J., Rifkin, W., Vink, S., Baumgartl, T., & Rodriguez, D. (2016). Energy from the foodbowl: Associated land-use conflicts, risks and wicked problems. Landscape and Urban Planning, 154, 67–79. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.01.011
  34. Gonzales, C., Scheuermann, A., Arnold, S., & Baumgartl, T. (2016). Application of spatial time domain reflectometry measurements in heterogeneous, rocky substrates. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 758–767. http://doi.org/10.1088/1742-2132/13/5/758
  35. Opitz, J., Edraki, M., & Baumgartl, T. (2016). The Effect of Particle Size and Mineral Liberation on the Acid Generating Potential of Sulphidic Waste Rock. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, geochem2015–385–8. http://doi.org/10.1144/geochem2015-385
  36. Unger, C., Bond, C., Baumgartl, T., Glenn, V., & Sabourenkov, P. (2016). “MRC-wiki” – a Mine Rehabilitation and Closure Knowledge Management Tool for Central Queensland Coalmine Practitioners (pp. 39–42). Presented at the Life of Mine Conference Brisbane QLD 28-30 Sept 2016.
  37. Emmerton, B., Burgess, J., Baumgartl, T., & Erskine, P. (2016). Bowen Basin Coalmine Spoil Classi cation for Improved Mine Rehabilitation Outcomes (pp. 145–150). Presented at the Life of Mine Conference Brisbane QLD 28-30 Sept 2016.
  38. Baumgartl, T., & BG, R. (2016). Rainfall Patterns Rather than Climate Classification Control Cover Design for Closure (pp. 89–92). Presented at the Life of Mine Conference Brisbane QLD 28-30 Sept 2016.
  39. Edraki, M., Pham, P., Park, J. H., Baumgartl, T., Noller, B., & Forsyth, B. (2016). Defining Residual Risk for Successful Mine Closure – a Geochemical Perspective (pp. 9–11). Presented at the Life of Mine Conference Brisbane QLD 28-30 Sept 2016.
  40. Park, J. H., Edraki, M., & Baumgartl, T. (2017). A practical testing approach to predict the geochemical hazards of in-pit coal mine tailings and rejects. Catena, 148(Part 1), 3–10. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2015.10.027
  41. Wang, Z., Lechner, A. M., & Baumgartl, T. (2017). Mapping cumulative impacts of mining on sediment retention ecosystem service in an Australian mining region. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 1–12. http://doi.org/10.1080/13504509.2016.1277564
  42. Shaygan, M., Reading, L. P., & Baumgartl, T. (2017). Effect of physical amendments on salt leaching characteristics for reclamation. Geoderma, 292, 96–110. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2017.01.007
  43. Chan, J., Plante, A. F., Peltre, C., Baumgartl, T., & Erskine, P. (2017). Quantitative differentiation of coal, char and soil organic matter in an Australian coal minesoil. Thermochimica Acta, 650, 44–55. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.tca.2017.02.006
  44. Shaygan, M., Baumgartl, T., & Arnold, S. (2017). Germination of Atriplex halimus seeds under salinity and water stress. Ecological Engineering, 102, 636–640. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.02.050
  45. Baumgartl, T., & Gonzales, C. (2017). Optimizing the Design of Covers in Semi-Arid Climates with Occurrences of High Intensity Rainfall (pp. 1–9). Presented at the Planning for Closure.
  46. Yuan, M., Xu, Z. P., Nguyen, T., Baumgartl, T., & Huang, L. (2017). Interaction of Humic Acid with Cu/Pb-Zn Tailings of Different Degrees of Weathering. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 0(0), 0. http://doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2016.04.0110
  47. Edraki, M., Baumgartl, T., Mulligan, D., Fegan, W., & Munawar, A. (2017). Geochemical characteristics of rehabilitated tailings and associated seepages at Kidston gold mine, Queensland, Australia. International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment, 1–15. http://doi.org/10.1080/17480930.2017.1362542
  48. Baumgartl, T., Shaygan, M., Edraki, M., & BG, Richards. (2017). The Impact of Salinity on the Calculation of Evaporation from Tailings. In D. Priscu (Ed.), (pp. 3–11). Presented at the Enviromine Srmining, Santiago.
  49. Costine, A., Benn, F., Fawell, P., Edraki, M., Baumgartl, T., & Bellwood, J. (2018). Understanding Factors Affecting the Stability of Inline Polymer-Amended Tailings. Presented at the papers.acg.uwa.edu.au
  50. Wang, Z., Lechner, A. M., & Baumgartl, T. (2018). Ecosystem services mapping uncertainty assessment: A case study in the Fitzroy basin mining region. Water (Switzerland), 10(1), 88. http://doi.org/10.3390/w10010088
  51. Emmerton, B., Burgess, J., Esterle, J., Erskine, P., & Baumgartl, T. (2018). The application of natural landform analogy and geology-based spoil classification to improve surface stability of elevated spoil landforms in the Bowen Basin, Australia-A review. Land Degradation & Development, 89(5), 197–20. http://doi.org/10.1002/ldr.2908
  52. Baumgartl, T., & Richards BG. (2018). A meteorological analysis as a decision tool for the application of dry cover designs in Australia (Vol. 24, pp. 287–295). Presented at the Life-of-Mine 2016 Conference, Brisbane, QLD, 28-30 September 2016, Melbourne.
  53. Shaygan, M., Mulligan, D., & Baumgartl, T. (2018). The potential of three halophytes ( Tecticornia pergranulata, Sclerolaena longicuspis, and Frankenia serpyllifolia) for the rehabilitation of brine-affected soils. Land Degradation & Development, 29(6), 2002–2014. http://doi.org/10.1002/ldr.2954
  54. Shaygan, M., Reading, L. P., Arnold, S., & Baumgartl, T. (2018). Modeling the effect of soil physical amendments on reclamation and revegetation success of a saline-sodic soil in a semi-arid environment. Arid Land Research and Management, 32(4), 379–406. http://doi.org/10.1080/15324982.2018.1510439
  55. Kelm, U., Baumgartl, T., Edraki, M., Gutiérrez, L., Jerez, O., Morales, J., & Novoselov, A. (2019). Mineralogy of tailings: challenges to usual routines of characterization. IMPC 2018 - 29th International Mineral Processing Congress, 108–114.
  56. Weyer, V. D., de Waal, A., Lechner, A. M., Unger, C. J., O'Connor, T. G., Baumgartl, T., et al. (2019). Quantifying rehabilitation risks for surface‐strip coal mines using a soil compaction Bayesian network in South Africa and Australia: To demonstrate the R2AIN Framework. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 15(2), 190–208. http://doi.org/10.1002/ieam.4128
  57. Arnold, S., Bulovic, N., McIntyre, N., Finch, W. K., Larsen, J. R., Reading, L. P., & Baumgartl, T. (2019). Event‐based deep drainage and percolation dynamics in Vertosols and Chromosols. Hydrological Processes, 56(1), 81–17. http://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13592

Professional memberships and associations

  • AusIMM
  • Australian Soil Science Inc
  • European Geosciences Union
  • German Soil Science Society
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • Certified Professional Soil Scientist (Australia)

Potential honours and PhD projects

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