The Joint Remote Sensing Research Program

State Government agencies across Australia need to stay in touch with developments in Earth observational remote-sensing technology to map and accurately measure changes in the environment. This knowledge is vital to government agencies developing policy, assessing the implementation of policy and changing it when required.

To allow government agencies to keep pace with these changes, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences researchers developed a project structure that enabled the University to work directly with scientists, policy-makers and legislators in State Government to build appropriate techniques and information. These insights can then be applied in the field, with the general public and in court against legal assessments.

Ultimately, this continued and demonstrated ability of the Queensland Government to measure environmental change in a way that is scientifically and legally defensible is the overarching impact of this research. This understanding of environmental change has the potential to create policies that will measurably improve the condition of the environment.