Environmental monitoring in northern Australia is challenged by many resource and logistical constraints; including the large spatial scale, limited and variable site access (e.g. limited all weather road and infrastructure, wet season inaccessibility), environmental hazards to field-based studies (including crocodiles, cyclones and harsh climate) and relatively small population base and limitations on technical capability. These constraints often lead to restricted sampling designs, with limited sample sizes, reduced spatial coverage, and poor power to track environmental change particularly in time frames suitable for managers.
This project assessed the usefulness of new and emerging remote monitoring techniques for northern Australia, and prioritised future research needs.
This study brought together relevant experts and natural resource managers to explore and prioritise key research needs in the development and refinement of tools to improve environmental monitoring in remote areas. The project gathered information from desktop reviews about decision-making and policy requirements for northern Australia-specific monitoring. The research also explored the barriers and potential solutions to successful implementation in remote locations, including data storage, management and access systems.
This research covered the entire Northern Hub region.
Alison King (Project Leader, CDU), Damien Burrows (JCU), Graeme Gillespie (NT DEPWS), Doug Ward (Griffith University), Jon Marshall (QLD Govt).
Alison King, Charles Darwin University