Drones and satellites to monitor habitat in the Northern Territory

April 5th, 2024

CSIRO scientists will use drones (UAVs) fitted with LiDAR sensors to map key areas of the Beetaloo Sub-basin in the Northern Territory.

This will show any changes in habitat structure over time, and help calibrate satellite-based assessments of change.

The Beetaloo Sub-basin contains large shale gas resources and has been identified as a potential area for onshore gas production.

Community concerns about gas development in the Beetaloo Sub-basin include the potential for long-term
impacts on biodiversity.

The ability to monitor vegetation change over time using remote sensing techniques will improve biodiversity management throughout the Beetaloo Sub-basin.