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General layout and design

Dieter Tracey, Alicia Bell, Diana Kleine for web site development and/or creation of conceptual models and icons. Symbols sourced from the Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Centre for Environmental Sciences.

Marine section

Arnold Dekker, Vittorio Brando, Karen Joyce, Scarla Weeks, Ian Leiper, Julie Scopelitis, Mitchell Lyons, Kasper Johansen and Joh Speirs for their scientific contributions and providing examples of their work.

Terrestrial Section

Kasper Johansen, Mitchell Lyons, Peter Scarth, Santosh Bhandari, John Armston, Tony Gill and Joh Speirs for their scientific contributions and/or providing examples of their work.

Atmospheric section

Michael Hewson and John Speirs for their scientific contribution and providing examples of their work.


  • University of South Pacific,
  • CSIRO Land and Water,
  • Community of Navakavu, Fiji,
  • Community of Dravuni, Fiji.


  • Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Coastal Zone, Estuaries & Waterways Management grants to S.Phinn and A.Dekker, 1999-2005;
  • World Bank Global Environment Facility Coral Reef Targetted Research to S.Phinn
  • Australian Research Council grants to S.Phinn Discovery (DP0663893), Linkage (LP0214956, LP0668185) and Linkage International (LX0882366) ;
  • University of Queensland.
  • School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, the University of Queensland.

Toolkit main references

This toolkit website should be cited as:

Roelfsema C.M., S.R. Phinn, D. Tracey, J. Speirs, M. Kamal, M. Hewson and K. Johansen, (2017), A Web Based Toolkit for Using Remote Sensing to Map and Monitor Terrestrial, Marine and Atmospheric Environments.

The toolkit is based on the conceptual framework from:

Phinn, S.R. (1998) A Framework for Selecting Appropriate Remotely Sensed Data Dimensions For Environmental Monitoring and Management. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 19(17): 3457-3463.

Phinn, S., Stow, D., Franklin, J., Mertes, L. and Michaelsen, J. (2003) Remotely sensed data for ecosystem analyses: Combining hierarchy and scene models, Environmental Management, 31(3):429-441.

The framework was then developed in previous research by the first two authors

Phinn, S.R. , Menges, C. , Hill, G.J.E. and Stanford, M. (2000) Optimising remotely sensed solutions for monitoring, modelling and managing coastal environments, Remote Sensing of Environment, 73(2):117-132.

Phinn, S., Joyce, K., Scarth, P. and Roelfsema, C. (2005) The Role of Integrated Information Acquisition and Management in the Analysis of Coastal Ecosystem Change. In: Le Drew, E. and Richardson, L. (Eds.) Remote sensing of coastal aquatic ecosystem processes. Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing Series - Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Chapter 10, pp. 217-250, ISBN -10 1-4020-3967-0.

Phinn, S.R., C.M., Roelfsema, A.E. Dekker, V.E. Brando and A. Bell (2006). Remote Sensing Web Based Toolkit For Mapping And Monitoring Coastal Environments.

Roelfsema, C.M. (2009) Integrating Field and Remotely Sensed Data for Assessment of Coral Reef and Seagrass Habitats. PhD Dissertation, School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Phinn, S.R., C.M. Roelfsema, R. Stumpf, T. Lookingbill, (2010) Remote Sensing: The Promise and the Reality. In: Coastal Assessment Handbook, W.C. Dennison, (Ed.), Chapter 15, University of Maryland, USA.


Stuart Phinn (, 61-7-33656526)
Chris Roelfsema (, 61-7-33656977)

Remote Sensing Research Centre
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Queensland,
Brisbane, Queensland, 4072