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Prof Stuart Phinn’s research interests are in measuring and monitoring environmental changes using earth observation data and publishing/sharing ecosystem data.

He received his PhD from the University of California – Santa Barbara/San Diego State University in 1997.

Stuart is the Chair of the Committee that produced Australian Earth Observation Community Plan – 2026, he is also a professor of Geography at the University of Queensland where he teaches remote sensing and directs the Remote Sensing Research Centre, which includes programs to support government agencies across Australia( Joint Remote Sensing Research Program) and enabling coordination across all government, industry and research groups collecting and using EO data ( Earth Observation Australia).

He was the founding director of Australia’s Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network and its Associate Science Director, 2009-2015.

The majority of his work uses images collected from satellite and aircraft, in combination with field measurements, to map and monitor the Earth’s environments and how they are changing over time. This work is done in collaboration with other environmental scientists, government environmental management agencies, NGO’s and private companies. A large part of this work also involves training the next generation of scientists and managers who effectively use remote sensing, and has graduated 54 PhD students.

A growing part of this work now focuses on national coordination of Earth observation activities and the collection, publishing and sharing of ecosystem data.