Remote Sensing Centre (RSC)

Department of Enviroment and Science

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A map of land cover for Queensland

The Remote Sensing Centre uses satellite imagery, data from airborne platforms and field surveys to assess and monitor Queensland's landscapes. The Centre undertakes leading edge research, often in collaboration with universities and other research agencies, to improve landscape monitoring programs and develop new applications. This includes the Joint Remote Sensing Research Program. The operational programs and research activities are closely aligned with Queensland Government policy and planning initiatives. Operational programs include the state-wide monitoring of ground cover, tree cover, fire scars and water bodies. Detailed land use maps are updated for priority regions. Staff from the Centre also support compliance investigations into potentially illegal environmental activities and appear as expert witnesses in court.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Satellite image processing and analysis
  • Land cover and land use mapping and monitoring
  • Agricutural monitoring
  • Field data collection and associated technologies
  • LiDAR data capture, processing and analysis
  • Remote sensing research
  • Data science
  • Fire mapping and monitoring
  • Environmental compliance

Number of research staff

20-100 research staff


Ecosciences Precinct, 41 Boggo Road, Dutton Park QLD 4102

Organisation type

  • Queensland Government – Agency

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