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Melbourne Unmanned Aerial System Platform (MUASP)

Slide1There is a newly established Melbourne Unmanned Aerial System Platform (MUASP). This project has been financed by the Melbourne Collaborative Research Infrastructure Program and three University Faculties: FVAS, Engineering and Science. The funding obtained is $260K per annum, starting in 2016 for three years plus in-kind instrumentation values up to 400K including multicopters, fixed wing drones, remote sensing cameras and light-weight LIDAR. The main objective of MUASP is to establish a common UAS platform for researchers within the University of Melbourne for applications in Precision Agriculture, Disaster Management, Conservation and monitoring, Catchment energy balance modelling, Urban green infrastructure monitoring and assessment, animal stress monitoring, etc. The project will be officially launched  at the end of February (TBA). More information: Please contact Dr Sigfredo Fentes (sfuentes@unimelb.edu.au). (more…)

Modelling for Future Climate Change

By: Sigfredo Fuentes

As the effects of climate change on Australian agriculture become more apparent, the importance of monitoring changing weather conditions and their diverse impacts will grow to paramount importance. Flexible and scalable processes for data analysis and modelling, particularly image and sensor data, are an essential part of how we monitor and respond to our changing environment. But more than that, we must foster a new generation of scientists and engineers who possess not only the technical skills to analyse this data, but the critical thinking and innovative aptitude to turn it into more sustainable outcomes for our economies, communities, and the entire planet.    Full Article: ea Magazinei-mk8

Size does not matter for infrared water status assessment: Newly-developed infrared scanners could offer comparable results against high-resolution thermal cameras

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The Vineyard of the Future initiative is a multinational project that aims to establish a fully instrumented vineyard using wireless connectivity and automated data gathering and analysis. It also aims to be a test-bed for new technology and a trial site for investigating the potential effects of climate change on viticulture in Australia, Chile, US and Spain. Researchers involved with the project have been developing an infrared scanner to assess plant water status at a fraction of the cost of infrared cameras and with the same comparable results.

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A Blueprint for Regional Water Productivity – Australia

 

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This document was prepared by The University of Melbourne as part of its flagship innovation initiative, Carlton Connect (www.carltonconnect.com.au). An expert, strategic advisory committee, which contributed towards the methodology and content of this Blueprint, included representatives from the Bureau of Meteorology, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, Geosciences Australia, the National Water Commission and the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries. The Murray Darling Basin Authority was also consulted as part of the process. However, the views expressed herein are the views of the University of Melbourne based on the consultation process and are not a reflection of any official policy or consensus amongst these organisations.

A Research and Development Advisory Committee provided many contributions to this report. This group included: Dr Margaret Ayre, Professor Snow Barlow, Dr Brian Cook, Dr Bob Farquharson, Dr Sigfredo Fuentes, Professor Lee Godden, Professor David Karoly, Professor John Langford, Dr Veronika Nemes, Associate Professor Ruth Nettle,
Dr Murray Peel, Dr Vincent Pettigrove, Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd, Dr Dongryeol Ryu, Dr Khusro Saleem, Professor Peter Scales, Dr Dominic Skinner, Dr Mohsen Kalantari Soltanieh, Associate Professor Michael Stewardson, Dr Angus Webb, Professor Andrew Western and Associate Professor Erik Weyer.

The project team would like to sincerely thank those that readily gave their time to participate in online surveys and workshops.

An appropriate citation for this publication is:
Stewardson M.J., D. Skinner, M. Ayre, S. Barlow, B. Cook, B. Farquharson, S. Fuentes, L. Godden, D. Karoly,
J. Langford, V. Nemes, R. Nettle, M. Peel, V. Pettigrove, I. Rutherfurd, D. Ryu, K. Saleem, P. Scales, M.K. Soltanieh, A. Webb, A. Western, E. Weyer. 2014. Water Productivity Blueprint. The University of Melbourne, Melbourne.