Remote Sensing and Compliance
Remote sensing provides a consistent and reliable method of monitoring compliance with Queensland’s vegetation management framework. The Department maps woody vegetation change across the entire State every year.
Most clearing in Queensland falls within statutory exemptions, such as fodder harvesting with a valid permit. Annual analysis allows the Department to focus investigations on the small percentage of land managers who engage in non-compliant clearing, rather than the responsible majority.
How is non-compliant clearing identified?
Each year, the Department identifies changes in vegetation across the state through the Statewide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS) analysis of satellite imagery. This analysis can detect areas of clearing as small as 25m x 25m.
Scientists then analyse these clearing events to determine if they comply with legislation. In some cases, scientists acquire higher resolution imagery to assist in defining the nature of clearing. This imagery is detailed enough to show individual trees and bulldozer tracks.
Potential compliance breaches then undergo further investigation by authorised officers, and may result in a prosecution or fine.
Last updated 16 May 2012