Remote environmental monitoring techniques [ 2015-07-01 - 2016-06-30 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers Alison King

Brief description

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 timeframes suitable for managers.

This project will assess the usefulness of new and emerging remote monitoring techniques for northern Australia, and prioritise future research needs.

This study will bring 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 will gather information from desktop reviews about decision making and policy requirements for northern Australia-specific monitoring. The research will also explore the barriers and potential solutions to successful implementation in remote locations, including data storage, management and access systems.

Research outputs:

• Report, which includes a summary of workshop findings, scoping activities and a list of key research priorities for consideration.

Notes In addition to the NESP funding, this project is matched by an equivalent amount of in-kind support and co-investment from project partners and collaborators.

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