Given its vast area, Australia relies on satellite-sourced earth observation data for a wide range of applications. Surveys of Australia's Earth Observation Science (EOS) community have shown that Australia has a great reliance on EOS data collected from foreign sources, with a need for improving domestic capabilities. These surveys also highlight the importance of establishing better education and training paths for EOS scientists, along with improved communication across the community to strengthen coordination.
TERN Associate Science Director and Professor of Geography at the University of Queensland, Stuart Phinn, recently delivered a plenary presentation at the XXII Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing in Melbourne entitled, 'Australia's Earth Observation Science capabilities: building and sustaining a critical resource'. In this presentation, Stuart demonstrates the current extent of Australia's capabilities in earth observation data collection and applications, and outlines proposals for future national coordination programs that will enable a more coordinated, integrated and effective approach and investment to developing infrastructure, sharing resources, training/education and lobbying.