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Using remote sensing to measure the variation in suspended sediment in Gulf St. Vincent

In this remote sensing project, you will characterise historical variation in suspended sediment in Gulf St. Vincent and link this with measured and modelled estimates of suspended sediments.

Colorful blue-green water off the coast of South Australia. The striking colors could be due to sediment brought to the surface when strong winds churn shallow waters. Courtesy: NASA

On February 29, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-colour image of colourful blue-green water off the coast of South Australia. The striking colours could be due to sediment brought to the surface when strong winds churn shallow waters. Some of the colour also could be due to phytoplankton - microscopic plant-like organisms that sometimes show up in this area.

NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Kathryn Hansen. We acknowledge the use of imagery provided by services from the Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS), operated by NASA's Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) Project.

Dr Ken Clarke’s research activities focus on making remote sensing and spatial science relevant.

“My team and I take existing research and convert it into useful information, using it to solve real-world problems,” Dr Clarke says.

“Or, if existing research is inadequate, we do the research ourselves, and then solve the management problem.

“We’ve got a long track record of working with government and industry and we frequently work across disciplines.

“Our experience covers a host of areas, including rangeland condition assessment; mapping seagrass meadows, and looking at how they’ve changed over time; developing ways to understand wetland inundation regimes, so we can manage them better; improving monitoring methods to help protect our arid mound springs; developing new ways of detecting and mapping bush-fire scars; and many others!”

Dr Clarke’s approach includes a strong logical basis for his team’s work, with firm roots in relevant theory - ecological, geological, remote sensing etc - as appropriate.

Sound literacy in critical thinking, computers and a specialist field such as ecology, geology, computer science, agriculture, astronomy, physics, robotics, or other are essential.

Some programming or scripting experience – for example, R or python) is ideal, but not necessary - you can pick it up as you go, it’ll be fun!

If you have your own ideas for an honours project, please contact Dr Clarke to discuss further.

Dr Ken Clarke


Dr Ken Clarke

Co-supervisors: Professor Megan Lewis

Research area: Applied remote sensing for real impact

Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Ecology and Environmental Science

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STEM Careers Night: On-campus and online

Whether you're still at high school or planning to join us mid-year, taking a break from study or rethinking your career path, come chat with us at our STEM Careers Night.

You and your parents are invited to join us on campus on Tuesday 18 May 2021 to see what’s available in the world of STEM.

STEM Careers Night