We use satellite and airborne imaging of terrestrial, atmospheric and aquatic environments to map, monitor and model the biophysical properties and processes in our ecosystems.

Through quality science we build, implement, assess and improve procedures for state governments to monitor changes to our ecosystems, specifically vegetation composition, structures and processes.

We translate research to operational processes to meet government monitoring requirements to assist in the development of effective environmental management policies and legislated activities for:

  • vegetation management
  • catchment management
  • land use planning and practices
  • carbon stock assessment

Our program has invested considerable resources into the development of a range of time-series image correction algorithms and analysis tools to support our research efforts. Our focus is to produce standardised, calibrated and validated biophysical map products. We are currently working on the following research initiatives:

  • Calibration of airborne and satellite-based camera systems
  • Development and assessment of Landsat and SPOT 5 sensor replacement options and procedures
  • Development of fully corrected time series images
  • Atmospheric and topographic correction of satellite imagery
  • Integration of field, LiDAR, optical imagery and imaging radar to map vegetation structure and biomass