A window into some of the projects I lead or contribute to.
Sentinel-2 satellite imagery was used to map freshwater wetland vegetation and saltmarsh across the Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Site in Victoria, Australia.
Supervised maximum likelihood classification models were trained in ArcGIS to identify different land cover types in the imagery.
The mapping was an efficient and cost-effective way to quantify the extent of aquatic habitats that have been identified as critical to the ecological character of the Gippsland Lakes Ramsar site. We were then able to evaluate the current status of ecological character by comparing the mapped extent to the extents defined in the Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) for the Ramsar Site.
Fun fact: we call Macleod Morass (pictured) "the Sea Horse" 😀
Flow-MER is the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office (CEWO) on-ground monitoring, evaluation and research program. The CEWO works in partnership with scientists across the Murray-Darling Basin to help understand how fish, birds, vegetation and river connectivity are responding to environmental watering.
I am the Ecosystem Diversity theme leader in the Basin-scale team. The Ecosystem Diversity evaluation identifies the number and types of river, estuary, wetland and floodplain ecosystems that are supported by Commonwealth environmental water management actions.
LTIM examines the contribution of Commonwealth environmental water to the environmental objectives of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, while assisting the CEWO to demonstrate environmental outcomes and adaptively manage the water holdings.
I lead the Ecosystem Diversity evaluation for the Basin-scale evaluation team and manage the data collected by the project for the CEWO.Project Details...
The Australian National Aquatic Ecosystem (ANAE) classification of the Murray-Darling Basin was developed to provide consistent cross-jurisdictional support for adaptive management of aquatic ecosystems with specific relevance to the management of Commonwealth environmental water.
The ANAE classification integrates the best available mapping data combined with simple rules to define ecosystem types using a small number of relevant attributes (e.g. water regime, water source, salinity, landform and dominant vegetation).
v3.0 released in 2021! The mapping of the ANAE classification of the Murrray-Darling Basin is now considered to be ‘complete’ for the Basin, representing the best available mapping for all jurisdictions.