Professor Jorg Hacker

Academic Status

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences
PO Box 335, Salisbury South SA 5106

In 1982, JM Hacker took up a position as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Flinders.

He built up Australia's National Research Aircraft Facility ARA - Airborne Research Australia, which is Australia's only National Facility engaged in operating aircraft for environmental research. He is ARA's Director/Chief Scientist.

He was instrumental in securing one of the few civilian high altitude research aircraft (the Grob G520T Egrett which can fly research missions to altitudes as high as 15km) for the facility and is flying as mission specialist in this aircraft all over the world

He has more than 6,000 flying hours in a wide range of aircraft, including flying gliders over the Andes up to 12.5km. In the context of his research, he also regularly flies aircraft as low as 10m above the ground.

He has collaborated in visual arts productions of time-lapse cloud images and others with the internationally acclaimed indo-japanese dancer Shakti.

Qualifications
Doctorate in Atmospheric Sciences (Dr. rer.  nat.) from the University of Bonn, Germany (1980)

Pilot's license with several special endorsements for research operations
Honours, awards and grants
For his international science activities, in 1994 together with colleagues Professor Helmut Kraus (University of Bonn) and Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger (Flinders University), JM Hacker received the prestigious Max-Planck-Prize, awarded jointly by the German Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation and the Max-Planck-Society.

Two OSTIV-Diplomas for papers presented:
(1) XVII. OSTIV Congress June 1981,  Paderborn/FRG;;
(2) XXI. OSTIV Congress, June 1991, Wiener Neustadt/Austria (together with Dr. A.G. Williams/FUSA)

Together with H.W. Grosse, he holds the World Record for flying a self-launching glider over a 500km triangle at an average speed of 172km/h.
Key responsibilities

JM Hacker is Director and Chief Scientist of ARA - Airborne Research Australia, Australia's National Research Aircraft Facility.

JM Hacker's research work spans a wide area, with special emphasis on the atmospheric boundary layer and the development of innovative instrumentation and measurement strategies using airborne platforms. He was co-author in more than 50 publications in internationally refereed journals and more than 100 Conference Papers. He pioneered the concept of using cost-efficient small aircraft for atmospheric research.

Research expertise
Atmospheric sciences
Environmental science and management
Other earth sciences
Other engineering
Research interests
  • Planetary boundary layer
  • Aircraft instrumentation
  • Airborne laser scanning
  • Airborne hyper-spectral scanning
  • Evapo(transpira)tion from vegetated surfaces measured by airborne and ground based techniques
  • Structure of the convection in the PBL
  • Sea breeze circulations
  • Inhomogeneous planetary boundary layer
  • Airborne air quality
  • monitoring
  • Flight testing
Teaching interests
JM Hacker does not have any teaching duties, because his salary is 100% funded from external sources for research.

However, he is has been supervisor and co-supervisor of many graduate and doctoral students, at Flinders University and also on other Australian and overseas Universities.
Supervisory interests
Airborne research
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Associate supervisor: Airborne Remote Sensing, Emergency Response, Bushfires (1), 3D Cadastre in urban areas of Indonesia (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Atmospheric sciences, Windbreaks, airborne turbulence and wind measurements (1), Boundary Layer Meteorology, Turbulent Fluxes, Airborne eddy-correlation (1), Atmospheric sciences, air pollution modelling, Photochemical smog (1)
Associate supervisor: Atmospheric Modelling, Seabreeze circulations (1), Hydrology, Plant physiology, water use of trees (1), Atmospheric radiation measurements, cloud radiation characteristics (1), Atmospheric Sciences, Land use changes, airborne eddy-correlation, turbulent fluxes, Atmospheric radiation measurements, airborne research, solar radiation (1)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Aircraft
Environment
Meteorology
Water Resources
Airborne Meteorology and Hydrology
Airborne Monitoring of Air Quality
Assessment of Land Degradation
Evaporation Over Land and Sea
Investigations of Atmospheric Phenomena Affecting Air Safety
Quantitative and Area Averaged Measurements of Crucial Components of The Global, Regional and Local Weather and Climate
Research Into The Assessment and Forecasting of Meteorological Hazards
Research Related to Aeronautical Design and Development
Surface Hydrology
Testing and Verification of Satellite Remote Sensing Instrumentation
The Influence of Clearing Native Bushland on Microclimate
The Structure of Atmospheric Boundary Layer
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Media expertise
  • Aircraft
  • Environment
  • Meteorology
  • Water Resources
Interests
  • Airborne Meteorology and Hydrology
  • Airborne Monitoring of Air Quality
  • Assessment of Land Degradation
  • Evaporation Over Land and Sea
  • Investigations of Atmospheric Phenomena Affecting Air Safety
  • Quantitative and Area Averaged Measurements of Crucial Components of The Global, Regional and Local Weather and Climate
  • Research Into The Assessment and Forecasting of Meteorological Hazards
  • Research Related to Aeronautical Design and Development
  • Surface Hydrology
  • Testing and Verification of Satellite Remote Sensing Instrumentation
  • The Influence of Clearing Native Bushland on Microclimate
  • The Structure of Atmospheric Boundary Layer