Action for climate change

Sunday 21 September, 2008

Richard MacNeill, Spatial Information Coordinator, tells of Bush Heritage’s involvement with the Planet Action program.

Wildflowers at Eurardy Reserve, WA. Photo Julian Fennessy.

Wildflowers at Eurardy Reserve, WA. Photo Julian Fennessy.

Bush Heritage is proud to be a participant in the Planet Action program, an international initiative that makes use of spatial information systems and products to identify and study the effects of climate change across the world.

The program is fostered by Spot Image, the worldwide distributor of French SPOT satellite imagery and a recognised world leader in the provision of such imagery to private industry and government  land-management agencies.

Satellite imagery yields highdefinition images of the landscape that assist a broad range of conservation and land-management activities across the planet.

In February 2008 Spot Image offered Bush Heritage the opportunity to participate in Planet Action by developing the program’s first project dealing with climate change in the Australasian region. Significantly, Spot Image considered Bush Heritage to have the resources and skills necessary for this task.

Rock bridge formed by years of weathering on Charles Darwin Reserve. Photo Jiri Lochman / Lochman Transparencies.

Rock bridge formed by years of weathering on Charles Darwin Reserve. Photo Jiri Lochman / Lochman Transparencies.

Bush Heritage will collate and analyse a time-based series of satellite images, supplied by Spot Image, of four Action for climate change reserves. This information will greatly enhance Bush Heritage’s ability to understand the environment across its largest reserves, highlight areas requiring specific intervention and evaluate the results of this intervention.

Over the past five years Bush Heritage has developed a sophisticated and technically complex set of spatial information systems and products to support operational management and ecological recovery programs on its reserves.

The Spot Image offer is a clear recognition of the level of scientific and technical capability that we have developed in the areas of spatial information and mapping. With Bush Heritage now managing
31 properties across Australia, with a total area approaching one million hectares, satellite imagery is becoming an increasingly important source of information.

Participation in the Planet Action initiative will allow Bush Heritage to continue to meet its many ecological and management responsibilities as the number of properties it owns continues to grow.

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