Remote sensing to map & monitor coastal habitats and water quality

There is limited biological data from across the remote and inaccessible northern Australian coastline that can be used to inform bioregional planning processes, development approvals and, ultimately, biodiversity conservation.

Habitat availability and biophysical factors such as water depth, light availability and turbidity are important determinants of coastal and marine biodiversity.

Managing the natural resources of the Alligator Rivers Region in Kakadu National Park relies on long-term monitoring of key biophysical parameters in the wetlands and adjacent seas where little is known about biodiversity and ecosystem processes. Remote sensing provides a cost-effective monitoring and assessment tool in this data-sparse region, allowing the detection of changes across habitats, and trends in coastal water quality.