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To facilitate airborne data capture and/or trials in the context of student projects, small scientific projects and projects in collaboration with other Not-For-Profit entities, we maintain a

register of desired locations and types of data

on the basis of which we may then propose to combine them to make them feasible.

If you fit this group of researchers or students and have a scientific interest in airborne data anywhere in Australia,

please contact us at

and give us some details.

We are currently planning the following field campaigns

(to take these measurements, we will have to ferry our aircraft from and to Adelaide which will offer additional opportunities for data capture):

  • Bathymetric and topographic LiDAR plus RGB-imagery
    in coastal areas from about Carnarvon to Cape Leveque in Western Australia

  • Bathymetric and topographic LiDAR, RGB-Imagery and spectral measurements over mangrove dieback areas from Kakadu NP across the South coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria to the East coast of Far North Queensland.

  • Monthly bathymetric and topographic LiDAR, RGB-imagery and spectral data over mangroves and saline ponds, including a construction site of a new Expressway near St. Kilda, South Australia.

  • Thermal and spectral imagery over areas in South Australia, including urban and sub-urban Adelaide - day and night.

  • Topographic and bathymetric LiDAR plus RGB-Imagery of Robbins and Perkins Islands, NW Tasmania.

Most of these projects are in close cooperation with researchers from Australia and overseas, often funded by ARC-grants and similar sources. Some others are ARA-internally funded.


As we are funding our flights from internal sources, we do not charge for the actual flying, but only for the time and expenses of ARA staff in the field, for processing of the data to a suitable form to pass on to other scientists and for the use of the sensors. 


Most data from these field campaigns will eventually (usually after some quarantine period) be freely available to other researchers, students and non-commercial entities.

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