Coral Reef Habitat Mapping and Monitoring
Since 2000 the Remote Sensing Research Centre has focused on developing approaches to map and monitor coral reefs. The reef habitats are monitored at various hierarchical spatial scales using integrated remote sensing and field data. These spatial scales are: Reef, Reef Type, Geomorphic, Benthic Community and Patch Reef Scale. Our focus study areas since 2000 are Heron Reef and Capricorn Bunker group, however we also have conducted work in Asia Pacific (e.g. Fiji, Cook Island, Marshall Island, Solomon, Indonesia, Philippines).
For Heron Reef since 2002 we acquired, on an annual basis, a variety of high spatial resolution airborne and satellite imagery and combination with geo-referenced photo transects. We developed and improved field methods to collate information on benthic composition or optical properties for water column and bottom type, or collected other physical properties such as wave climate and rugosity. This projects focus is to develop a time series of benthic habitat maps.
Roelfsema, C., Kovacs, E., Roos, P., Terzano, D., Lyons, M., & Phinn, S. (2018). Use of a semi-automated object based analysis to map benthic composition, Heron Reef, Southern Great Barrier Reef. Remote Sensing Letters, 9(4), 324-333. doi:10.1080/2150704X.2017.1420927
- Heron Island, Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia
- Marshall Islands
- Cook Islands