Remote Sensing Centre
What is remote sensing?
Remote sensing uses instruments mounted on satellites or airborne platforms to produce images of the Earth's surface.
What does the Remote Sensing Centre do?
The Remote Sensing Centre uses a very large library of these images to assess and monitor Queensland’s landscapes. This includes monitoring of groundcover, tree clearing and waterbodies on an annual basis and at times more frequently. Detailed land use maps are updated for priority regions.
Remote sensing in DERM is undertaken to support policy and planning priorities including the Vegetation Management Act, the leasehold land renewal process or Delbessie Agreement, the Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Protection Plan, the Reef Protection Package and the development of regional plans.
In most cases, the same satellite imagery and derived products are used widely by other state and federal government departments, by NRM regional groups, industry groups such as AgForce and increasingly by landholders.
The Remote Sensing Centre undertakes leading edge research to improve existing monitoring programs and develop new applications. Research is often undertaken in partnerships with universities, but also with many other Australian and overseas agencies.
Staff from the Remote Sensing Centre support compliance investigations into potentially illegal environmental activities and appear as expert witnesses in court.
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Last updated 22 November 2012