CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Drone-based hyperspectral remote sensing to monitor marine and coastal ecosystems

SPEAKER: Dr Jonathan Kok, Research Scientist, Technology Development Engineering, Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), QLD

DATE: Friday, 6th September 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Warrnambool Campus – Room B3.03

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – Room ka4.207 and Melbourne Campus at Burwood – The Burwood Corporate Centre

ABSTRACT.

Hyperspectral remote sensing is a unique image acquisition method for studying light response properties of different materials. Materials could be anything such as corals, seagrass, water, coral cores, rocks, leaf, pineapple, etc. The data generated is a 2D image of a scene with each pixel containing its corresponding reflected spectral property, essentially a multi-dimensional dataset.

Unlike conventional cameras that capture only three channels of colour information (namely, red, green and blue), hyperspectral imaging captures hundreds of channels of colour information which allows for a continuous band of spectral information to be measured across every pixel in the scene. This unique spectral profile is known as the material’s spectral signature. The materials spectral signature are like fingerprints, allowing us to study, classify and monitor materials through non-destructive means.

Coupled with drone capabilities (on demand use, medium range, customisable missions, etc), the information-rich spectra provide usefulness in a range of marine science applications, such as pre-bleaching indicators, coral reef health/diversity maps, water quality, change detection, seagrass monitoring, coastal monitoring, etc.

BIO.

Dr Jon Kok is a Research Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) within the Technology Development Engineering team. He is currently developing and demonstrating the use of hyperspectral technology for a range of marine and coastal science applications, such as seagrass monitoring, water quality, shallow coral reef mapping, bleaching/stress studies, fluorescence properties of coral skeleton cores and corals, etc.

Other than hyperspectral technology, Jon is also familiar with autonomous systems in aerial drones, optimisation problems and algorithms (genetic algorithm, MOEA, etc), multi-objective optimisation problems and algorithms, artificial intelligence/machine learning, 3D printing, automated image processing methods, and snowboarding.

Appointments with speaker may be made via npucino@deakin.edu.au.

For more info: https://www.aims.gov.au/.


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CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Evaluating conservation outcomes with evidence, models and expert elicitation for better decisions

SPEAKER: Dr Jessica Walsh, Head, Conservation Science Research Group, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

DATE: Friday, 30th August 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207 and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)

ABSTRACT.

The core theme of my research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of conservation actions and developing frameworks to improve management decisions. In this talk, I will present my research on the conservation of Pacific salmon in Canada and give a snapshot of my current and past work on Australian woodland birds, data-limited fisheries and evidence-based conservation.

I applied a Priority Threat Management framework to prioritise conservation recovery strategies for salmon over the next 20 years, in collaboration with First Nations on the Central Coast of British Columbia.

Effective management of five species of Pacific salmon is extremely important in Canada and the US, given their immense commercial, social, cultural and ecological significance. Yet, until now there was no strategic or integrated approach that considers costs, benefits and feasibility to ensure the limited resources allocated to hundreds of salmon populations are spent wisely.

BIO.

Jessica Walsh is a Lecturer at Monash University. Her current work focuses on identifying evidence-based management strategies for Australian woodland birds and calculating the cost-effectiveness of biodiversity offsets.

For her PhD, Jessica identified the barriers and solutions to implementing evidence-based conservation at the University of Cambridge.

She has previously assessed the return on investment of invasive species control, dabbled in global fisheries modelling and evaluated the effectiveness of threatened species recovery planning in Australia.

Appointments with speaker may be made via e.nicholson@deakin.edu.au.

For more info: https://www.monash.edu/science/schools/biological-sciences/staff/jessica-walsh.


External visitors – wish to join us and connect to our seminars?
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  • For Deakin staff and students, please join via Skype for Business (Lync) – if you have office installed you may already have Skype for business or Lync installed. You just need to look for it on the start menu. If you find it, you can log into skype using your Deakin email and password and then dial 36958.
  • Could not log in? More info on how to connect is available HERE or HERE.
  • From a mobile phone or landline: call +613 92517000, wait for the prompt, then enter the five digit VMP number (36958)
  • Please note that connection is only available while a seminar is taking place.

As a courtesy, we request that when connecting to the seminar that you mute your microphone unless you are required to speak, this would ensure that the sound from the speaker to the audience is not disrupted by feedback from your microphone – thank you!