This seminar will present an overview of state-of-the-art satellite remote sensing technologies and opportunities followed by a presentation on the monthly Actual Evapotranspiration product recently developed by CSIRO which blends multiple satellite products to ensure that there are no gaps in the data due to clouds. Attendees will learn how to access remotely sensed data, some of the common challenges and pitfalls related to its use and opportunities it provides for improved water engineering design and decision making.
Scientia Associate Professor - Water Research Centre, UNSW
Fiona Johnson is Scientia Associate Professor at University of New South Wales based in the Water Research Centre, in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has over 20 years' experience in water resources and civil engineering working as a consultant, for government and in academia. Fiona's areas of research interest are in statistical hydrology, particularly with respect to flooding and extreme events, the use of new data sources as well as the use of global climate models for climate change assessments of water resources systems.
Research Scientist, CSIRO Land and Water
Dr Tim McVicar leads the Time Series Remote Sensing team within CSIRO Land and Water. He is a spatial eco-hydrologist with over 30 years research experience in the use of time series optical (both reflective and thermal) remote sensing (from Landsat, Sentinel-2, MODIS, VIIRS and AVHRR sensors) linked with spatio-temporal interpolation methods and analysis technologies to model and monitor regional-to-global eco-hydrological processes. Tim leads national and international projects aimed at better monitoring and modelling actual evapotranspiration, vegetation dynamics and other related environmental biophysical processes. By assessing the patterns of these variables (in space and time) the catchment water balance (including catchment water yield), and other ecosystems services, can be better understood.
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