Earth Observation: Data, Processing and Applications is an Australian Earth Observation (EO) community undertaking to describe EO data, processing and applications in an Australian context and includes a wide range of local case studies to demonstrate Australia’s increasing usage of EO data.

This series will be published across three volumes and aims to consolidate EO teaching resources in Australia and encourage a greater number of tertiary courses involving EO in Australia.

  1. Volume 1: Data
  2. Volume 2: Processing
  3. Volume 3: Applications

The publication of this work has been jointly sponsored by the following organisations:

  • Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI)
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • Geoscience Australia (GA)
  • Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC).

Volume 1: DATA

Volume 1 is available to download as four PDF files:

  • Volume 1 Introduction provides an overview of this volume (updated April 2018).
  • Volume 1A: Basics and Acquisition introduces the scientific foundations of EO and describes the basics of data acquisition in terms of energy sources, platforms and sensors (updated April 2018).
  • Volume 1B: Image Interpretation details image characteristics, EMR interactions, and image interpretation and usage (updated April 2018).
  • Volume 1X: Appendices collates relevant data sources and provide further information on photographic products and reflectance measurement (updated April 2018).
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VOLUME 2: PROCESSING

Volume 2 will comprise six sub-volumes. These describe various processing options involved with image representation, analysis, transformation, integration, classification and modelling, including details of relevant algorithms, with emphasis on their underlying mathematical and statistical principles. 

  • Volume 2 Introduction provides an overview of this volume (released April 2018).
  • Volume 2A: Basic Image Operations introduces EO image formats and details basic processing operations (updated April 2018).
  • Volume 2B: Image Rectification describes concepts and processes for correcting EO image geometry (Updated September 2019).
  • Volume 2C: Image Transformations details a range of image transformations commonly used with EO imagery (Released September 2019).
  • Volume 2D: Image Integration considers methods that integrate EO imagery with other spatial datasets (Available later in 2019).
  • Volume 2E: Image Classification and Analysis provides extensive background information for classifying EO images (Available later in 2019).
  • Volume 2X: Appendices details underlying mathematics for a range of models relevant to EO image processing (Released September 2019).
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VOLUME 3: Applications 

This final volume introduces the Australian environment in terms of geography, climate, biota, and resource management, then covers a broad range of application areas reliant on EO data. Specific case studies are included to demonstrate individual applications. Volume 3 comprises two initial sub-volumes

  • Volume 3 Introduction provides an overview of this volume (Available later in 2019).
  • Volume 3A: Terrestrial Vegetation details the use of EO methods to map, monitor and model vegetation growing on land (Available later in 2019).
  • Volume 3B: Surface Waters Introduces EO principles and methods for understanding and monitoring our surface water resources (Available later in 2019).