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KMRP Lunch and Learn: Remote Sensing & Mapping Productivity

When: Monday, 28 November 2016, 12:00-1:00

Where: Torndirrup/Nambung seminar rooms, Parks and Wildlife, Kensington

Who: Dr. Jim Greenwood, CSIRO

          Dr. Peter Fearns, Curtin University

          Dr. David Antoine, Curtin University

          Dr. Renae Hovey, UWA

         Remote Sensing Project Summary

The Kimberley region is vast, remote and both a difficult and expensive place in which to access and carry out field work. Remote sensing technologies can provide cost effective methods to gather historical and baseline data at synoptic scales as well as near-real-time observations from metre to kilometre resolution.

These technologies can contribute to improved inventories of marine assets as well as monitor change in their status or inform predictive models used in adaptive management approaches. As part of the WAMSI Kimberley Marine Research Program, supported by the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, scientists from SCIRO and Curtin University have been exploring whether there are cost effective options for using remote sensing for assisting with long term monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MER) of the Kimberley. The project compared the specific requirements of the management agencies with the technical and operational constraints of the various remote sensing technologies that are available. In brief terms, this project analysed the long-term archive of remote sensing data to highlight environmental “hotspots”, i.e. locations of significant variability and extreme events.

Scientists from CSIRO and Curtin University will be presenting their findings from the remote sensing research project which has focused on monitoring turbidity with reference to its impact on the water column and substrate light environment in the Kimberley.

Primary producers, like seagrass, play significant roles in coastal processes and ecological function. These roles include provision of habitat, stabilising substrates and provision of a food source to fauna. Currently, there are very few studies on primary producers in the Kimberley region, with little understanding of the growth and productivity of the Kimberley’s benthic ecosystems.  As a result, we presently lack a basic understanding of the performance of these benthic communities living under very different and often extreme environmental conditions. Visualising the spatial distribution, quality and quantity of benthic habitats is fundamental to our understanding of marine ecosystems and our ability to manage human activities to deliver effective sustainable development and maintain marine ecosystem function. This project aimed to obtain a greater understanding of the spatial distribution and contribution of benthic primary producers along the Kimberley coastline. This information is presented in the form of maps which can be used by planners and managers to apply appropriate spatial management options.

         Mapping productivity in the Kimberley Project Summary

Dr Renae Hovey from UWA will be presenting a unique approach and findings on mapping seagrass and other primary producer habitat in the Kimberley.

Please, bring your lunch and join us for this interesting insight into these ecosystem interactions in a challenging and harsh environment.

Please RSVP if you plan to come along so that I can make sure there are enough chairs!

RSVP to Kelly Waples

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The $30 million Kimberley Marine Research Program is funded through major investment supported by $12 million from the Western Australian government's Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy co-invested by the WAMSI partners and supported by the Traditional Owners of the Kimberley.


Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington

Mon 28 Nov 2016 To Mon 28 Nov 2016

12:00pm To 1:00pm