Mangroves along Australia’s northern coastline have remained relatively undisturbed from human activities but are nevertheless expanding both seaward and landward expansion, particularly along the Gulf of Carpentaria. This project seeks to use remote sensing data acquired by airborne (e.g., lidar, aerial photography) and spaceborne C- and L-band radar and optical sensors to quantify decadal changes in the extent, species composition, structure and biomass of these mangroves and b) to understand the relative contributions of changes in sea level, hydrological regimes, weather patterns and ocean circulation and whether these have been exacerbated by human-driven climate change.

Supervised by: Professor Richard Lucas