Funding source: Queensland Government, NSW Government, Victorian Government, Northern Territory Government, Tasmanian Government

Australian governments rely on scientifically sound methods and up-to-date data to maintain effective surveillance and relevant conservation strategies for the country’s vast and diverse landscapes.

The ability to accurately map and then measure and monitor changes to an environment is a fundamental criterion for sustainable natural resource management, for every country, regardless of its size.

The UQ-based Joint Remote Sensing Research Program (JRSRP) is developing and testing new  image processing algorithms that use extensive field data sets and the latest ground and airborne sensors systems, coupled with current and research satellite imaging sensors. These techniques are then transformed into operational, fully documented resources for government agencies to accurately and defensibly map and monitor their resources.

The data sets collected, methods produced and collaborations developed in the program have formed the cornerstone of Australia’s Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network and Earth Observation Community Coordinating Group. Both organisations promote state and federal government agencies working together with industry and tertiary research centres to improve access to and use of environmental data.

The technology for using satellite imagery that has emerged from these research collaborations is regarded as the ‘best practice’ benchmark for legally enforceable environmental monitoring and management worldwide. It’s now helping to calibrate and validate critical international global satellite monitoring programs operated by the United States, Japan, India, China, and the European Union.