Satellite remote sensing of forest fuel load, structure and moisture content

There are several satellite-derived data relevant to forest fuel structure and moisture content but for which the utility for fire applications has not yet been assessed. Examples include observations from satellite Light Detection And Ranging (ICESat/GLAS), radar (ALOS PALSAR, ASAR GM) and optical (MODIS, Landsat) observations and derived products. This project will analyse some of these data sources in terms of relevance, suitability for fire management, and operational readiness.

Candidates should have some experience with scripting languages and programming. A scholarship may be available.

Supervisors:   Professor Albert van Dijk, Associate Professor Geoff Cary and Dr Marta Yebra

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