Mrs Beth Brockett

PhD student
Advances in remote sensing, coupled with exciting new findings showing how plant trait analysis can be utilised to predict some environmental processes, suggests that mapping of select ‘ecosystem services’ may be possible at a speed and accuracy useful for farm management planning.  My project explores whether remote sensing images from an airborne platform can predict the current delivery of select ecosystem services at the farm scale. Visualising the farm unit in this way has implications for the way land managers relate to the farm environment planning process, including how other forms of information are included and prioritised within the plan. The project explores both the ecological and social implications of using such a tool.