Heron Reef

Source Data

2002 CASI Hyperspectral
2002 FIELD Transect
2007 BATHY Singlebeam

Data Providers

University of Queensland

Example Output

2002 BATHY Derived
2007 HABITAT Derived
2007 ZONATION Derived

Version

heron.reef.profile.0.00
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Summary

Heron Reef (32 km^2) is located at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and has been a focus of coral reef research since the early 1900s. The reef contains Heron Island, which hosts one of the longest running, most significant, coral reef research stations in the world. One of the first large scale reef mapping projects in the world was developed on Heron Reef in the 1980s. Since the late 1990s the Biophysical Remote Sensing Group at the University of Queensland has developed and tested remote sensing applications on Heron Reef with collaborators from around Australia and the rest of the world.

Data Specifications

2002 CASI Hyperspectral (Imagery - Binary Raster)
Data source: University of Queensland
Acquisition dates: 1-3 July 2002
Resolution: 400-800 nm; 19 bands; 1 m pixels

2002 FIELD Transect (Substrate Cover - Shapefile)
Data source: University of Queensland
Acquisition dates: 4-9 November 2002
Survey points: 3,586 photos

2007 BATHY Singlebeam (Water Depth - Shapefile)
Data source: University of Queensland
Acquisition dates: 23-26 September 2007
Survey points: 7,462 soundings

2002 BATHY Derived (Water Depth - Binary Raster)
Data source: University of Queensland/Pangaea
Image source: 2002 CASI hyperspectral
Resolution: 1 m pixels

2007 HABITAT Derived (Benthic Community - Shapefile)
Data source: University of Queensland
Image source: 2007 QuickBird
Resolution: 2.4 m pixels

2007 ZONATION Derived (Geomorphic - Shapefile)
Data source: University of Queensland/Pangaea
Image source: 2007 QuickBird
Resolution: 2.4 m pixels

Acknowledgements

Heron Reef data provided courtesy of the Center for Spatial Environmental Research at the University of Queensland. Dataset provided by HyPhoon.com.

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References

2002 CASI Hyperspectral
Joyce, Karen (2005): A method for mapping live coral cover using remote sensing. School of Geography, Planning and Architecture. PhD Thesis. The University of Queensland.

2002 BATHY Derived
Hedley, John; Roelfsema, Chris M; Phinn, Stuart R (2012): Bathymetric map of Heron Reef, Australia, derived from airborne hyperspectral data at 1 m resolution. doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.779522

Hedley, John; Roelfsema, Chris M; Phinn, Stuart R (2009): Efficient radiative transfer model inversion for remote sensing applications. Remote Sensing of Environment, 113(11), 2527-2532. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2009.07.008

2007 HABITAT & ZONATION Derived
Phinn, Stuart R; Roelfsema, Chris M; Mumby, Peter J (2012): Benthic cover map of Heron Reef derived from a high-spatial-resolution multi-spectral satellite image using object based image analysis. doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.789968

Phinn, Stuart R; Roelfsema, Chriss M; Mumby, Peter J (2012): Multi-scale, object-based image analysis for mapping geomorphic and ecological zones on coral reefs. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33(12), 3768-3797. doi:10.1080/01431161.2011.633122

Related
Roelfsema, Chris M; Phinn, Stuart R (2010): Integrating field data with high spatial resolution multispectral satellite imagery for calibration and validation of coral reef benthic community maps. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 4, 043527. doi: 10.1117/1.3430107

Roelfsema, Chris M; Phinn, Stuart R (2009): A manual for conducting georeferenced photo transects surveys to assess the benthos of coral reef and seagrass habitats. Centre for Remote Sensing & Spatial Information Science, School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Management, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 4072, Vers. 3.0, 1-33. hdl:10013/epic.39998.d001

Leiper, Ian; Phinn, Stuart R; Dekker, Arnold G (2012): Spectral reflectance of coral reef benthos and substrate assemblages on Heron Reef, Australia. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33(12), 3946-3965. doi:10.1080/01431161.2011.637675

Scopelitis, J; Andrefouet, Serge; Phinn, Stuart R; Done, Terry; Chabanet, P (2011): Coral colonisation of a shallow reef flat in response to rising sea level: quantification from 35 years of remote sensing data at Heron Island, Australia. Coral Reefs, 30(4), 951-965. doi:10.1007/s00338-011-0774-y