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Event Summary -Remote Sensing for water management and water modelling

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Following on from our recent event on Remote Sensing for Landscape – Water Management and Modelling the Queensland Water Modelling Network on Thursday 25 June brought together an experienced team of colleagues to further explore how remote sensing can be and is being used in water modelling and water management.

The aim of this LiveStream event was to:

  • further explore some of the key principles behind how water can be readily sensed by satellites;
  • how practioners can now readily access Australian data sets and
  • finally to look at case studies examples of remote sensing input into water modelling applications.

In addition, the questions and the shared on-line conversations is underwriting a broad collective of interested practioners.  Where might this all lead??

The event attracted 230 registrations, with a strong interest from consultants across Australia and overseas, various State Agency colleagues from Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia along with research investigators.  Participants joined us from right around regional Queensland – such as Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Gatton, Bundaberg, Stanthorpe and Cairns as well as Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Newcastle.  In addition, we had 52 overseas participants from 24 different countries.  View the participant profile here.   On the day we saw a 126 participants online – but the full group of 230 are now linked to the recorded event and this summary.  So we engage as best we can.




At this LiveStream event, our event agenda was explored with:

Tim Malthus – Research Group Leader CSIRO – Tim has extensive experience in calibration, validation and field spectroscopy with analysis of airborne and satellite Earth observation. With water as the focus, Tim in his presentation provided a synopsis of key remote sensing and water relationships and what this means for water management and model inputs.

Claire Krause – Assistant Director of Product Development for Digital Earth Australia at Geoscience Australia satellite imagery program. Claire has a meteorological background and has studied the Indo-Australian monsoon through paleoclimate modelling using data on stalagmites in caves. Claire  introduced us to the Water Observations from Space platform and in her presentation we saw what this globe based array can offer.

Andrew Frost – Senior Hydrologist at Bureau of Meteorology. Andrew has experience in water resource assessment methods, with applications such as evaluating the sustainable water yields of the Murray Darling Basin. Andrew walked us through the AWRA-L landscape water balance model and in his presentation explained how remote sensing data is being applied in the workings of this model.

Brian Jackson – Senior Principal Engineer Water Technology. Brian has been involved in catchment management and adaptive operational water management frameworks, now including novel dashboards accessing real time weather data. Brian’s presentation introduced us to a collaborative WaterSense project that is being piloted with irrigated cotton in the Naomi Valley that integrates Sentinel data, ground radar, models and in situ data to better understand irrigation water withdrawal and what that means for water allocation and actual water use at both a local and catchment scale.

To watch the event including the presentations and Q&A sessions please go to:

https://watercentre.zoom.us/rec/share/9Op1coihyyROY4HKuGfQC5QDDIHuaaa81HQb-fQOxb_uSM206dRuRSiaezVstKA Password: [email protected]=^!+7 (sometimes Zoom prefers you to type in rather in the password than cut and paste – so beware)


Other event materials

Other information shared during the event include:

A guide shared by Claire on “Getting Started with Digital Earth Australia”

Further project background on WaterSense from Brian

Chat questions, comments and responses raised during the event – details click here

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