Next-gen pollen mapping and forecasting
With blossoms blooming everywhere and footy finals finished, spring is well and truly in the air. Many rejoice at the warmer weather, but Professor Alfredo Huete and the millions of allergy sufferers around Australia, are reaching for the tissues as the nation’s peak hayfever season takes hold.
Ironically, but very reassuringly, Professor Huete leads the Ecosystem Dynamics Health and Resilience research program at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), which is developing innovative methods to map and forecast pollen exposure in Australia.
“I guess if you suffer from something you naturally develop a desire to know more about it and help reduce its impact,” says Professor Huete.
Professor Huete is investigating the causes of recent increases in pollen allergen exposure through an innovative ARC Discovery project that integrates satellite data with on-ground time-lapse cameras and pollen monitors to track grass pollen sources, their evolution, and impact areas.
Read the full story in the UTS Newsroom.