We undertake research with external partners to develop new or improved methods for natural resource assessment and monitoring. Our major partnerships are outlined below.

Joint Remote Sensing Research Program

Some of our partners, captured through our Terrestrial Laser Scanner, outside the Queensland Government Ecosciences Precinct at  Dutton Park during the Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Qld Unconference in March 2013.

The Joint Remote Sensing Research Program (JRSRP) is a collaborative program between the University of Queensland, University of New South Wales and the Queensland, Victorian and NSW State Governments. The JRSRP combines remote sensing research expertise and infrastructure to develop mapping and monitoring applications to support government, industry and the public.

The JRSRP aims to increase Australia’s capacity to conduct pure and applied remote sensing research to implement and assess effective environmental management policies at local, state and national scales.

The current program continues to 2020, with every intention of continuing beyond.

Regional Copernicus Data Hub

DSITI are partners in the Regional Copernicus Data Hub project that is being developed with Geoscience Australia (GA), CSIRO, the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage and Western Australia’s Landgate. This project agreement is in place until June 2019.

The project aims to establish and operate a Regional Copernicus Data Access/Data Analysis Hub (Data Hub) that will ingest and disseminate data from the European Union’s Sentinel satellites. For further information see

The Australian Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)

We are collaborating with government and research agencies across Australia as part of TERN, the national observatory for Australian ecosystems. This partnership generates and delivers consistent satellite imagery suitable for time-series analysis and derived products that enable environmental research and management.

For example, TERN is generating extensive field calibration and validation datasets over selected ecosystem supersites based on documented national best practice methods and these are used in conjunction with DSITI and partner data to generate and deliver woody vegetation and ground cover datasets for Australia, based on Landsat imagery.

Australian Collaborative Land Use and Management Program (ACLUMP)

The Queensland Land Use Mapping Program is a partner of  ACLUMP - that is coordinated by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics in Canberra. ACLUMP promotes the development of consistent information about land use and land management practices. This consortium of Australian, state and territory government partners is critical for providing nationally consistent land use mapping at both catchment and national scale, underpinned by common technical standards including an agreed national land use classification.

ACLUMP provides a national land use data directory and maintains land use datasets on Australian and state government repositories.

See more information about ACLUMP.

Northern Territory Collaborative Research Agreement

A three year collaborative research agreement commenced in 2013 with the Northern Territory’s (NT) Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to provide objective information to assess, monitor and report on indicators of land condition in accordance with the requirements of the Pastoral Land Act. The programme develops methods and systems that operationalise an integrated ground and satellite based monitoring programme.

This program established a rangeland monitoring system for the NT using satellite imagery and field measurements and uses DSITI’s processing infrastructure to produce baseline vegetation mapping for the NT, along with processes for ongoing monitoring of changes in vegetation extent and cover. The collaboration also provides technical on-ground expertise from DENR staff back to the DSITI Remote Sensing Centre.

Tasmanian Collaborative Land Cover Monitoring Program

In 2015 the Department signed an agreement with the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) for a collaborative remote sensing program. Remote Sensing Centre scientists work with staff from DPIPWE to apply the methods developed by Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the University of Queensland to map ground cover, woody vegetation cover and fires scars for Tasmania.

This collaboration has resulted in the development of validated state-wide maps of burnt area locations across Tasmania as well as annual dry season image composites, maps of vegetation change and an ongoing field program across agricultural lands. Work to integrate DPIPWEs extensive lidar data holdings to validate and improve the Landsat-derived datasets in Tasmania is continuing.