Changing Landscapes - Pond XB8A
(Mainly) internally funded ARA Priority Research Project
This project uses ARA's airborne remote sensing and in-situ sensing capabilities to monitor areas in Australia (with special emphasis on South Australia) where dramatic changes in the landscape are already or will be occurring in the near future. One of the areas is Pond XB8A which was part of the vast St.Kilda Salt Production Area.
The coastal landscape to the North of Adelaide where a vast area of no longer used industrial salt producing evaporation ponds is being converted into a variety of other landscapes, such as conservation parks, wildlife refugees (especially for birds) and also for the development of alternative industrial uses.
The construction site of a new 4-lane expressway through areas of mangroves, saline ponds, saline creeks and former market gardens.
Other areas are currently under consideration and will be announced here once ARA has decided to include them. Additional proposals are also welcome.
ARA is also -in an on-going manner - looking for collaborators in this project who are interested in working with us in many different ways, from adding capabilities to using the airborne data for interpretations which are complementary to ARA's capabilities, or even are prepared to contribute funding to this project, or join forces with ARA to look for Third Party funding from any sources.
Data and results from this project will be available (more or less freely) to the science community and also to other interested parties under terms to be discussed on a cas-by-case basis.