How effective are high-speed surveys when compared to more conventional marine techniques?

University of Queensland researchers have demonstrated that emerging underwater data collection technologies can be as good if not better than conventional methods of marine investigation.

Coral reef scientists from UQ’s Global Change Institute and XL-Catlin Seaview Survey compared their semi-autonomous method for collecting coral reef images with a conventional fixed-frame photographic technique.

UQ PhD candidate Dominic Bryant (SEES & GCI)said comparison between the two techniques revealed there was little difference when it came to determining the condition of coral reefs.

“It shows the growing importance that fully and/or semi-autonomous vehicles will have when it comes to understanding the impacts facing the world’s coral reefs,” Mr Bryant said.

 
 

2017 Research Week Awards!

 
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The 2017 UQ Research Week awards was held earlier in the week, 13 Sept, at Customs House in Brisbane.  Nine researchers, two research teams and six research supervisors were acknowledged across three categories – Foundation Research Excellence Awards (FREAs), Partners in Research Excellence Awards (PIREAs), and Awards for Excellence in Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Supervision.  Among the winners was Professor Stuart Phinn for Excellence in HDR Supervision!  A big congratulations to Stuart on a well deserved award!  And it doesn't stop there....

The Joint Remote Sensing Research Program received the Partners in Research Excellence Awards (PIREA) award for science, a recognition of 10+ years of ongoing, successful collaboration between UQ and state government partners!  The award was received by Stuart Phinn (UQ), Dan Tindall (Qld DISITI) and Tim Danaher (NSW OEH).  Congratulations to all who have directly and indirectly contributed to the success of the program!

 
 
 

UPDATE: Habitat Mapping the Great Barrier Reef: Starting with 200 reefs around Cairns and Cooktown

UPDATE: Habitat Mapping the Great Barrier Reef: Starting with 200 reefs around Cairns and Cooktown

The habitat mapping of the Great Barrier Reef, 200 reefs in Cairns Management region, is going full steam ahead!  

The mapping combine’s satellite remote sensing imagery (Landsat) with ecological modelling and mapping rules to create geomorphic zonation (e.g. slope, crest, lagoon), benthic composition (e.g. coral, algae, rock, sand) and coral type maps (e.g. plate, branching, massive corals) and is a collaboration with Marine Spatial Ecology lab, and Engineering at UQ, AIMS, JCU, GBRMPA and EOMAP.

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Sentinel-2 Captures Coral Bleaching of Great Barrier Reef

Scientists observed the bleaching of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef early this year using satellite images. While capturing these events from space has been difficult in the past, Sentinel-2’s frequent revisits and its resolution makes it possible.

The corals of the Great Barrier Reef have now suffered two bleaching events in successive years. Experts are very concerned about the capacity for reef survival under the increased frequency of these global warming-induced events.

Minister Join's Citizen Scientists of UniDive on Flinders Reef

Minister Join's Citizen Scientists of UniDive on Flinders Reef

Environment and National Parks Minister Steven Miles joined reef citizen scientists from UniDive on Saturday, 25 March, who are doing an ecological survey of Flinders Reef near Moreton Island.

The Flinders Reef Ecological Assessment project is being coordinated and managed by UniDive and has been ongoing since June last year, and is due to conclude at the end of this year.  The Queensland government has provided $5,000 in funding to UniDive to help train divers for this project.

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Looking for a continental to global scale earth-observation/spatial-analysis/applied-ecology position?

We are looking for a candidate who will apply novel remote sensing techniques for large area – long time series data, as well as economics and social metrics, to detect abandoned and uncontested lands. Then look at prioritising uncontested lands for conservation based on estimates of ecological restoration and costs.

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Habitat Mapping the Great Barrier Reef: Cairns – Cooktown Management Region

Habitat Mapping the Great Barrier Reef: Cairns – Cooktown Management Region

In December 2016 the Remote Sensing Research Centre was funded to continue in 2017 the development and implementation for a habitat mapping approach for the Great Barrier Reef, for which currently no detailed habitat maps exist. The work follows up on the initial work done in 2015-2016 in the Capricorn Bunker Group and both are funded through the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

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