Remote Sensing Research Group

Southern Earth Observatory

Facilities, Equipment and Resources

Southern Earth Observatory is situated at RMIT University in a purpose built 240m2 laboratory space that houses a team of three post-doctoral fellows, nine PhD scholars and a technical officer. It has access to the latest image processing and photogrammetrical software in a bespoke adjacent advanced imaging laboratory. SEO currently owns and operates two full-range (0.4-2.4um) ASD spectral-radiometers, three aerial camera systems (including a 6-band vegetation camera), a FLIR A325 thermal camera, two UAVs: incl. a DGI S1000 equipped with Tetracam MINI-MCA6, four synchronised Panasonic high speed video cameras, Canon 5D mk-2, Panasonic Lumix GH4, Stereo GoPros). It also operates two Terrestrial Laser Scanning Systems, as well as co-owning (as part of an ARC funded consortium LE0560930) a full waveform airborne LiDAR system. We have also built, from scratch, a network of in situ wireless sensors used for image validation.

• Two Integrating spheres incl. Labsphere HELIOS 20″ Uniform Source for Luminance and Radiance Calibration USS-2000C

• Two ASD full width spectral radiometers (0.4-2.4um)

• Three aerial camera systems including Redlake / Duncantech aerial camera

• FLIR thermal camera A325

• Canon EOS 5D, 20D and Nikon D50 and Calibration Frames

• 9m helium filled remote controlled airship for mobile platform observations

• DGI S1000 & Phantom-II UAS

• 10m hydraulic mast

• Climate controlled chamber for growing botanical samples

• Terrestrial Laser Scanning System (Trimble CX)

• Riegl LMS-Q560 laser scanner aerial LIDAR system (co-owned as part of a consortium)

• 9 dedicated Image processing workstations and two 25 seat laboratories.

• Software: ENVI-IDL, ERDAS IMAGINE, Intergraph Image station, Definiens-eCognition, Terrascan, Matlab, Agisoft

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