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UTS C3 Climate Change Cluster

Ecosystem Dynamics, Health and Resilience

Members

Professor Alfredo Huete - Group Leader
Dr Rakhesh Devadas - e-Research support and Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Xuanlong Ma - Research Associate
Dr Wouter Maes - Visiting Scholar
Dr Natalia Restrepo Coupe - C3 Associate Member

Postgraduate Student Members

Leandro Giovannini - Monitoring Land Degradation and Ecological Sustainability Across Australian Rangelands
Chris Watson - PhD Candidate, "Using Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Techniques to Determine Physiological, Phenological and Compositional Changes in Eastern Australian Grasslands"
Nguyen Ngoc Tran - Impacts of Extreme Climate Conditions on Ecosystem Seasonal Dynamics and Productivity Patterns
Paras Sidiqui - Drought Assessments and Extreme Events with Remote Sensing
Yanli You - student exchange scholar, CAS
Zunyi Xie -PhD candidate, "Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems of Remote Sensing"

Alumni

Xuanlong (Richard) Ma  -  student exchange scholar, CAS

Key research strengths

The Biophysical Remote Sensing Research Group wants to answer questions concerning the long-term resilience of ecosystems and primary industries (agriculture and forestry) to climate change, land use, and environmental forcings through coupling remote sensing observations with in-situ measurements and ecological models. We do this by:

  • employing advanced laboratory, field, and satellite remote sensing technologies to address questions on whole-system ecological processes and relationships across a diversity of spatial and temporal scales, with particular emphasis on Australian landscape responses to climate variability and climate change.
  • using optical, thermal, and microwave remote sensing methods  to characterise and monitor ecosystem health and functioning and to assess carbon and water relationships in support of resource management, sustainable development, food security, and climate change challenges.
  • actively engaging with U.S., Japan, and European Space Agencies in the development, validation, and use of long-term satellite measurements for detection of large-scale vegetation responses to climate variability, land degradation, and land use management practices.
  • working closely with scientists from CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology, Brazil, Argentina, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and USDA-ARS to monitor plant productivity, phenology, and responses to drought, flooding events, and other disturbances. 

Professional links and collaborations:

  • International Space Agencies - NASA, NOAA, ESA, JAXA, CONAE, INPE
  • Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)
  • CSIRO
  • USDA-ARS, USGS
  • University of Arizona and University of Hawaii, USA
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University

Research student opportunities:

Honours 2016 - contact Alfredo.Huete@uts.edu.au

  • Tropical rainforest phenology and functioning assessed through combined satellite and field data
  • 3-D thermal imaging of forests and crops using UAVs for health and water efficiency

In the news

Spring has sprung and so has AusPollen (Sept 2016)
Sun seekers: how the dry turns the Amazon green
Rising extreme weather warns of ecosystem collapse:study (The Conversation)
Sensing the drought: understanding Australia's climate extremes