Development of novel methods for measurement and monitoring of blue carbon

Mapping mangrove and other coastal blue carbon vegetation


Field monitoring using high resolution structural volumetric measurement techniques for carbon (i.e Structure from Motion, Lidar, high resolution satellites) with machine learning and deep learning methods are revolutionising many areas of ecological monitoring but as yet have had little application to methods leading to robust carbon accounting.

We aim to address this knowledge gap by integrating sensor technology and machine learning methods into on ground quantification and assessment ecosystems and their blue carbon stores correlating in field measurements to broad scale remote sensing using satellite sensors.


Project goals:

  • Map and quantify current and predicted threats and impacts on Blue Carbon communities
  • Estimate total Blue Carbon value under different climate and impact scenarios

The successful student will collect field data to validate and model the spatial extent, and variability in marine and coastal habitat. They would model the distribution at various spatial and temporal scales using spatial and remote sensing methods.

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Research team leader: Dr Sharyn Hickey

My research interests focus on geographical elements of environmental systems, and how spatial and temporal models can examine environmental change and drivers of change. Particularly, investigating coastal and marine changes in habitat through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing data.

This project will be co-supervised by Dr Ben Radford. Ben is a spatial modeller who works on benthic habitat.

Funding and Collaborations

External Collaborators:

    • Dr Ben Radford Australian Institute of Marine Science



How to Apply 

Check criteria
  • To be accepted into the Doctor of Philosophy, an applicant must demonstrate they have sufficient background experience in independent supervised research to successfully complete, and provide evidence of English language proficiency
  • Requirements specific to this project
    • Experience and knowledge in spatial ecology, GIS and field data collection
    • English language competence
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  • Contact the research team leader by submitting an Expression of Interest form via the button below
  • After you have discussed your project with the research team leader, contact to proceed with your application


Domestic students

All domestic students may apply for Research Training Program and University Postgraduate Awards (UPA) scholarships

International students

A range of scholarships are available from international organisations and governments. The full list, organised by country, is available on the Future Students website.

In addition, all international students may apply for International Research Training Program scholarships.

Indigenous students
Indigenous students are encouraged to apply for Indigenous Postgraduate Research Supplementary Scholarships.
Forrest Foundation scholarships
All international and Australian students who wish to study towards the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at The University of Western Australia may apply for Forrest Scholarships.

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