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Vale Ian Grant

Vale Ian Grant

In late November our friend and colleague Dr Ian Grant, of the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), passed away after a nine-month battle with cancer.  He passed peacefully surrounded by family.

Ian was a long-term supporter and collaborator of TERN.  During TERN’s set-up phase, Ian’s contributions were very significant and established strong links with BoM, which, thanks to his efforts, still exist today.

“He played an integral role in the creation of TERN’s landscape-scale remote sensing capability, AusCover, ensuring essential active BoM involvement in the facility,” says Dr Alex Held of TERN’s Landscapes platform.

A trained space physicist, Ian then worked closely with TERN to develop numerous applications of satellite data including on grassland curing, and long-term records of Australian vegetation dynamics.  Such key national real-time datasets are used by industry, agriculture, emergency management, government, and many others.

Ian also worked closely with TERN to better manage and deliver a range of daily meteorological data in a more usable globally-recognised format, significantly increasing the utility of the data for reuse by researchers.  Another example of Ian’s generosity and desire to help others.

“Ian was a quiet achiever, extremely modest and always helpful but his work had massive impact underpinning key services,” says Ian’s colleague at BoM, Dr Peter May*.

“He was generous with his time and knowledge, and has helped not just his teammates but many people across the Bureau and with external customers to use satellite data and products better. He was enormously respected by all of his colleagues including at CSIRO and end users of our satellite products.  He was a great friend to many of us. He will be sorely missed.”

We send our thoughts and best wishes to Ian’s family and all his colleagues across Australia’s wide science community.

A public guestbook has been established via The Age newspaper.



Ian enjoying a river cruise in Tokyo in September 2016 (image courtesy of Tim Malthus)



*TERN would like to acknowledge Dr Peter May for providing content to this article.





Published in TERN newsletter December 2019