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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.

We often 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 

The first Joint Remote Sensing Research Program included the University of Queensland, the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management and the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage. It started in September 2007 and finished in August 2011.

All project partners saw it as a very successful research collaboration that ultimately improved the monitoring activities by the government partners by partnering with research institutions and other state agencies to enhance research and development capacity for the partners.

The program was extended in September 2011, and following agreements in 2014 and 2017, the current program continues to 2020, with every intention of continuing beyond. The current program includes the University of Queensland, the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the University of New South Wales.

Regional Copernicus Data Hub

DSITI are partners in the Regional Copernicus Data Hub project that has been 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

Geoscience Australia is leading the Copernicus Data Hub negotiations with the European Commission and the European Space Agency, and leading the Data Hub project for Australia.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), University of NSW and University of Aberystwyth

A long-term collaboration with JAXA, the University of NSW and the University of Aberystwyth, has resulted in improved methods for mapping forest structure and estimating carbon storage in woodlands and forests, using a range of satellite and airborne imagery.

This includes a collaborative project with JAXA, which provided radar imagery from the Advanced Land Observation Satellite (ALOS) sensor for Australia as part of the Kyoto and Carbon (K&C) programs which started with our participation in a K&C 3 project in 2011 and continues with our K&C 4 project activities until 2017.

These significant research efforts have already 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)

We are collaborating with government and research agencies across Australia as part of Auscover to generate and deliver consistent satellite imagery suitable for time-series analysis and derived products.

For example, Auscover 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 demonstration datasets for Australia, based on Landsat imagery.

Australian Collaborative Land Use and Management Program (ACLUMP)

The Queensland Land Use Mapping 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.

ACLUMP has achieved significant progress in communication and coordination between state, territory and federal government agencies. As a result, there are agreed methods and standards in Australia for land use mapping and field data collection.

Northern Territory Collaborative Research Agreement

A three year collaborative research agreement commenced in 2013 with the Northern Territory’s (NT) Department of Land Resource Management (DLRM) to provide objective information to assess, monitor and report on indicators of land condition in accordance with the requirements of the Pastoral Land Act.

This will be achieved by establishing a vegetation and burnt area monitoring system for the NT using satellite imagery and field measurements.

The project will initially use the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation’s (DSITI) processing infrastructure to establish baseline vegetation mapping for the NT. The project will then scope requirements and develop the processes for ongoing monitoring of changes in vegetation extent and cover.

The intention is to develop the capacity in the NT for an ongoing program to support rangeland monitoring programs and natural resource management programs.

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 will 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.

Following the initial generation of base data, extensive field work by DPIPWE and the use of lidar data will assist in evaluating the suitability of these Landsat-derived datasets in Tasmania and build on the methods where required to achieve appropriate accuracies for Tasmanian landscapes.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI)

CRCSI is an international research and development centre set up in 2003 under the Business Cooperative Research Centres Programme that conducts research in spatial information to address issues of national importance for federal and state government agencies, universities and over 50 companies. DSITI is a partner across several CRCSI programs including Australian Woody Vegetation Landscape Feature Generation, Big Data Solutions for Environmental Monitoring and the Natural Resource Management (NRM) Spatial Hub.

These collaborative programs align with DSITI research and outreach requirements and help build our science in partnership with industry bodies and other state and federal government departments.

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Last updated
19 May 2017
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