Concerns over tropical deforestation, loss of biodiversity and climate impacts have encouraged pan-tropical studies using data from satellites such as the Landsat Mission; however current monitoring methods for large areas (hundreds to thousands of kilometres) are hampered by adverse conditions such as cloud, smoke and haze. 

Radio Detection and Ranging (radar) technology can penetrate cloud, smoke and haze and can also operate day or night. As the number of active and planned orbital radar missions has increased, and will ensure ongoing repeat coverage, this technology provides a method to overcome the challenge of frequent cloud cover. 

Using a time series of data from the ALOS PALSAR sensor, this project will develop methods to map disturbance and recovery in tropical forest in the Wet Tropics Bioregion of Far North Queensland in Australia.

Advisors: Prof Stuart Phinn, Dr Peter Scarth

Project members

Jenny MAHUIKA

MPhil candidate