- Do you have a PhD in ecological remote sensing, environmental remote sensing or Synthetic Aperture Radar techniques and applications?
- Keen to advance the use of multi-wavelength SAR, using techniques such as polarimetric SAR Interferometry?
- Outstanding opportunity to work on research which will be of high impact and interest across CSIRO, Australia and beyond
CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.
This project will improve Australia’s ability to monitor Ecosystem Extent by developing new capability in the use of Earth observation (particularly Synthetic Aperture Radar – SAR - imagery) and data analytics. Ecosystem Extent is a core metric needed by natural resource management organizations, governments and NGOs for multilateral environmental agreements. It enables the identification of - and response to - drivers of change, and has direct application to national priorities, such as quantifying bushfire risk and managing carbon and biodiversity.
Systematic mapping of Ecosystem Extent has not yet been achieved, nor has the value of SAR for Ecosystem Extent mapping been fully realized. The SAR signal is sensitive to the vertical structure of vegetation, providing observables that are critical to determining ecosystem type and condition. This structural information also has direct relevance to pre-fire risk and post-fire regrowth assessments. The CERC Fellow will advance the use of multi-wavelength SAR, using techniques such as polarimetric SAR Interferometry (PolInSAR) and machine learning based classification, to estimate biophysical parameters and implement the results as quantitative Ecosystem Extent monitoring technologies. These approaches will require testing in multiple vegetation regimes and validation against robust 3D structural measurements from terrestrial and drone-mounted LiDAR.
The CERC Fellow will leverage CSIRO’s leading expertise in Earth observation technologies including new Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites (such as CSIRO’s NovaSAR-1 capacity and NASA’s upcoming NISAR mission) and data analytics platforms (CSIRO’s Earth Analytics Science and Innovation platform – EASI). The CERC Fellow will join a cross-disciplinary team with opportunities to collaborate with a newly established Ecosystem Extent Task Team of the international Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS). The research will be of high impact and interest across CSIRO, Australia and beyond.