• 267 Citations
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Personal profile

Personal profile

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

Extensive experience in statistical and geostatistical data processing and modelling, contamination & environmental impact assessments, GIS, remote & proximal sensing, and environmental monitoring. Conducting applied research in geostatistical modelling algorithms and methodologies for environmental and health management

Professional Information

External Appointments & Memberships:

  • Member of the Pedometrics Advisory Group 2014-2018
  • Pedometrics Commission of the International Union of Soil Sciences
  • Member of the Medal Committee of the International Spatial Accuracy Research Association

Editorial roles on journals:

  • Geoderma (Editorial Board member)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Engineering), Instituto Superior Tecnico


Award Date: 13 Jan 2011

Bachelor and Master of Science (Environmental Engineering), Instituto Superior Tecnico


External positions

Postdoctoral Researcher, The University of Sydney

Jan 2012Aug 2014

Researcher and Consultant , Instituto Superior Tecnico

Oct 2004Dec 2011

Environmental Engineer, Enersis Chile hoy Enel Chile


Environmental Consultant, DHV SGPS

May 2001Sep 2004

Environmental Consultant, SEIA Consultores


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Research Output

Applied Bayesian modeling for assessment of interpretation uncertainty in spatial domains

McManus, S., Rahman, A., Horta, A. & Coombes, J., 2020, Statistics for data science and policy analysis. Rahman, A. (ed.). p. 3-13 12 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper

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    Integrating portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) measurement uncertainty for accurate soil contamination mapping

    Horta, A., Azevedo, L., Neves, J., Soares, A. & Pozza, L., 14 Sep 2020, In : Geoderma. 382

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Mortality events resulting from Australia's catastrophic fires threaten aquatic biota

    Silva, L. G. M., Doyle, K. E., Duffy, D., Humphries, P., Horta, A. & Baumgartner, L. J., 17 Jul 2020, In : Global Change Biology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    A workflow for assessing interpretation uncertainty in spatial domains using Bayesian approximation

    McManus, S., Coombes, J., Horta, A. & Rahman, A., 13 Nov 2019, p. 14-18. 5 p.

    Research output: Other contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • Prizes

    Fellow Higher Education Academy

    Horta, Ana (Recipient), 23 Apr 2018

    Prize: Other distinction

    Geoderma’s Best Review Award of 2015

    Horta, Ana (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Other distinction


    • 1 Editorial responsibility
    • 1 Advisory panel/policy group/board
    • 1 Committees and working groups

    Geoderma (Journal)

    Ana Horta (Reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial responsibility

    Pedometrics Advisory Board (International Union of Soil Sciences) (External organisation)

    Ana Horta (Member)

    2015 → …

    Activity: Membership Advisory panel/policy group/boardIndustry

    International Spatial Accuracy Research Association (External organisation)

    Ana Horta (Member)

    2015 → …

    Activity: Membership Committees and working groupsIndustry

    Press / Media

    Indigo Shire Walkability Study

    Ana Horta, Rachel Whitsed & Wendy Rose Davison


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Improving walkability

    Ana Horta & Rachel Whitsed


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    ARC grant for wine research at CSU

    Lisa Given, Alain Deloire, A. Horta & Mary Kelly


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media