A) Dr Samantha Setterfield B) Dr Natalie Rossiter-Rachor Charles Darwin University
This project will develop remote sensing tools to enable the accurate delimitation of the extent of infestations of a number of species of invasive grassy weeds that alter the savanna fire regime. Current mechanisms for mapping the extent and spread of ‘fire weeds’ is expensive, time consuming and, due to the nature of the problem, tends to give a snapshot of the problem that rapidly becomes obsolete. A mechanism is required to provide a rapid and accurate assessment of the distribution of invasive fire weeds that can then inform control and eradication programs, and more importantly provide for accurate fire danger risk assessment. The weeds in question are all introduced and display different growth habits to the native species they are out-competing and can be expected to display differing signatures in remote sensed data to the original flora. This project will define those differences through a combination of manipulation of remote sensed data and ground truthing over key landscape areas in northern Australia. Opportunity exists to integrate elements of the UAV research program (B1.4.3) as an additional verification and calibration tool.
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