Digital Earth Australia and Urban Planning Workshop

Join Geoscience Australia, FrontierSI and AURIN for an interactive workshop on accessing and utilising satellite imagery and data for urban planning. The purpose of the workshop is to better understand the needs of the urban planning community, and how Earth observation can become an integral and critical component for future industry growth.

: 23-November 2021
Time: 12:00PM – 1:30PM (AEDT)
Video link: To be communicated to all registered attendees 2-days prior to event

Digital Earth Australia (DEA) is a program of Geoscience Australia, an agency of the Australian Government. DEA creates free and open-source satellite data products for the benefit of all Australians. DEA aims to embed satellite imagery and data into decisions that support a sustainable Australian environment, a resilient society, and a strong economy.

In this workshop we will provide examples of how satellite data can be used to better inform urban planning and will further demonstrate how to access DEA products to provide insights into vegetation monitoring, coastal erosion, and urban heat.


Brendon McAtee has a PhD in Applied Remote Sensing and has worked widely on the development of satellite imagery applications for agriculture, emergency and natural resource management, and the urban environment, within government, industry, and the startup sector. Prior to his current industry engagement role with FrontierSI Brendon has been worked extensively in the innovation ecosystem leading and managing innovation programs in organisations and facilitating industry research engagement. Brendon brings this experience together in his role as Industry Engagement Manager with FrontierSI with the objective of building the capability of industry to create greater value out of satellite remote sensing technology.


Serryn Eagleson enjoys applying her expertise in spatial data infrastructures to develop ways to improve the use of spatial information. Serryn previously held the role of University Partnerships Manager at CSIRO’s Data61 and Deputy Director at the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN). She has a PhD from The University of Melbourne specialising in the design of business rules and criteria that improve the way data is captured for demographic modelling and integration.




Guest Speakers

Trent Kershaw, Director Business Development, Geoscience Australia

Trent is responsible for growing Australia’s digital economy through increased utilisation of satellite data across a range of sectors.





Dr Robbi Bishop-Taylor is a Coastal Earth Observation Scientist from the Digital Earth Australia Program at Geoscience Australia. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Geospatial Science for research mapping multidecadal surface water dynamics using satellite imagery. At Geoscience Australia, Robbi works as part of an interdisciplinary team responsible for developing the first continent-wide maps of Australia’s vast intertidal zone, and the recently released Digital Earth Australia Coastlines dataset that maps Australia’s dynamic coastline using three decades of satellite imagery.



Belle Tissott is an Assistant Director of Product Development in the Digital Earth Australia program at Geoscience Australia. With a background in mathematics and software development, she now leads a team of scientists and technical specialists working to develop new methods to process and analyse satellite imagery in order to map and better understand Australia’s land and water. Most recently her team has been responsible for the development of the new DEA Land Cover product, creating detailed annual maps of the land cover of Australia spanning over 30 years.


Bryan J Boruff is an Environmental Geographer and Associate Professor in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment at The University of Western Australia (UWA). A/Prof Boruff’s expertise lay in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing technologies to the study of environmental hazards. Over the past decade, A/Prof Boruff’s research interests have expanded to encompass a range of environmental management issues including urban and regional planning, renewable energy and agricultural production, population health, sustainable livelihoods and the development of spatially enabled eResearch tools. He has extensive experience working in developing nations in multidisciplinary settings with academic, private and government stakeholders.



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We look forward to seeing you at this informative workshop and discovering how DEA can support the urban planning community.