Earth observation Australia: where is our niche?


Sydney SpaceNet held a lunch talk on Thursday 1st June by Dr Alex Held from the CSIRO.

Alex's talk focused on current CSIRO and partner activities in Earth observation science domestically and internationally, and how these link to current domestic initiatives such as "Digital Earth Australia", the TERN AusCoverFacility, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This latter massive global program is demonstrating how innovative space sensors & data analytics technologies can play an important role in achieving many of the 17 UNSDG goals.

Speaker: Dr Alex Held
Date: Thursday 1 June 2017
Time: 12:00pm
Venue: Norman Gregg Lecture Theatre, Edward Ford Building
The University of Sydney

Dr Alex Held and others

Alex Held gave an excellent talk to Sydney SpaceNet on 1 June. Alex is shown here with some of the ~25 attendees before the talk. From left: Dr Bradley Evans, Dr Alex Held, Warwick Holmes, Prof. Iver Cairns, Dr Stephen Carr and Dr Chris Artlett

Dr Alex Held bio

Dr. Held is currently a Research Group Leader of Landscape Observation and Simulation Group of the CSIRO Land and Water Flagship. Alex is also serving as the Director of the “AusCover” remote sensing data facility that is part of Australia’s “Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network” – TERN, which provides free and open access to various satellite datasets. Previously he served as Head of COSSA (the CSIRO Office of Space Science and Applications) from 2004 -December 2007, representing Australia at several space-related international committees, and served as member of the National Committee for Space Science of the Australian Academy of Science. He is also a member of the International Science Team for NASA’s upcoming HyspIRI hyperspectal satellite mission, and will be the 2016 Chair of the international Committee on Earth Observation Satellites – CEOS. He is a plant physiologist from the University of California, Davis, and has been linking remote sensing and vegetation mapping at CSIRO since arriving in Australia 22 years ago.