Integrating remote sensing and GIS into marine science
Halina T.  Kobryn (Murdoch University) and Peter Hausknecht (Woodside Energy)

The Australian marine environment contributes significantly to the nation’s wealth.  Numerous human activities, ranging from mining and exploration, fishing, recreation and tourism are scattered all along the coastline and all the way out to the EEZ boundaries.  Remote sensing and geospatial analysis tools are required to map, monitor and manage such large areas in an effective way.  Most parts of the Australian marine environment are facing additional pressures due to climatic effects and the increase in human activities.  Therefore, it is more important than ever to ensure effective monitoring and management, is supported by current data, analyses and modelling.  Remote sensing in combination with geospatial analysis has significantly contributed to many recent advances made in our understanding of marine environments in Australia and elsewhere.

Satellite and airborne remote sensing data sets are becoming readily accessible and enable us to map and monitor different elements and processes of the marine environment.  The scales range from global ocean phenomena to small areas of reef patches.  There is a large, growing and diverse marine and coastal remote sensing community in federal and state government agencies, universities, research institutions, private industry and non-government organisations.  We invite contributions for papers and posters, which apply remote sensing and/or geospatial analyses to marine and coastal science.  Broad questions of interest are: ecological insights that remote sensing and GIS can provide; benthic habitat mapping and monitoring techniques; marine area and coastal zone planning; future trends and emerging technologies in marine and coastal mapping and monitoring.  Contributions addressing the conference theme: ‘Crossing Boundaries’ will receive particular attention.

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