New Trans-Tasman Earth Observation Partnership – October 2018

October 12th, 2018

A  new partnership to jointly address the complex challenges that arise from the demands and impacts of human activities on the environment, specifically in the South Pacific, was inaugurated with the signing of a new Letter of Intent between the CCEO and the New Zealand Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST) as part of an “Earth Observation for Pacific” consultation workshop held in Brisbane on 11 October 2018.

CSST is one of New Zealand’s newly established regional research institutes, focusing on delivering economic benefit via the application of Earth observation data, remote sensing technologies and geospatial science. The partnership agreement launches a joint research collaboration between the two organisations on either side of the Tasman.

Areas of the collaboration will likely include land use, farming techniques, improving crop yield, crop and livestock security, pest control, solutions for water management and disaster monitoring. CSIRO and CSST are already working on Earth Observation data analytics and processing platforms and are now looking forward to collaborating to share tools and knowledge to build joint expertise across New Zealand and Australia.

Dr Alex Held, Director of the Centre for Earth Observation, of CSIRO (left) signs the research collaboration partnership agreement with Rafael Kargren, CSST’s Director of Operations (right) in Brisbane, Australia.

CSST’s media release can be found here: https://www.csst.co.nz/latest-news/csiro-partnership/