Research to develop new or improved methods for natural resource assessment and monitoring is often undertaken with external partners. The major partnerships include:
Joint Remote Sensing Research Program
The first Joint Remote Sensing Research Program included the University of Queensland, the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. It commenced in September 2007 and concluded in August 2011. All project partners saw it as a very successful collaboration which raised the level of research and ultimately the operational monitoring activities by the government partners.
The second version of this program which has seen the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment become a member started in September 2011 with a completion date set for March 2014.
University of Aberystwyth and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
A very successful and long-term collaboration with Professor Richard Lucas, University of Aberystwyth, has resulted in improved methods for estimating carbon stored in woodlands and forests using a range of satellite and airborne imagery. This includes a collaborative project with JAXA who kindly provided radar imagery (from the ALOS sensor) for Queensland and New South Wales. Significant research efforts have resulted in improved above-ground biomass maps for woodlands and forests for both Queensland and New South Wales.
The Auscover facility of the Australian Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)
The Remote Sensing Centre is collaborating with government and research agencies across Australia, as part of Auscover to generate consistent satellite imagery suitable for time-series analysis and derived products. For example, DERM and UQ are currently leading the development of foliage projective cover (FPC) and ground cover ‘demonstration datasets’ for Australia based on Landsat imagery. These datasets have been calibrated and validated extensively in Queensland and NSW.
Australian Collaborative Land Use Mapping Program (ACLUMP)
The Queensland Land Use Mapping Program (QLUMP) and ground cover monitoring program is undertaken as part of ACLUMP which is coordinated by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics in Canberra with partner agencies in all states and territories.
QUT School of Mathematical Sciences
The Remote Sensing Centre has worked with the Faculty of Science and Engineering (Mathematical Sciences) Queensland University of Technology on a number of Australian Research Council funded linkage projects developing statistical methods for remote sensing. The current collaborative project is focussing on techniques for analysing time series of images to help understand trends and changes in vegetation across Queensland.
Last updated 16 May 2012