Remote sensing

aerial view of woodlands

Nowhere else in the world supports trees 20m tall at such low rainfall. Intensive scientific monitoring is tracking by the second their struggle for survival.

A bulk carrier on bright blue water

Spotting an oil spill in a 2,300 km long marine park is no easy task, but new remote sensing technology is set to change that.

An aerial view of city streets and buildings with areas coloured in red

The high quality digital photography available in the modern world allows unparalleled opportunities to monitor and analyse urban environmental changes. Scientists are using supercomputers in this way to inform planning for more liveable cities.

Ship crew throwing a yellow cylinder overboard into the sea

In 1985, when CSIRO's marine labs were launched, a seven-day weather forecast was little better than chance. Now, thanks to advances in our understanding of the oceans, our predictions are far better.

A network of floating data monitors across the world’s oceans has revealed a noticeable rise in temperature, particularly around Northern Australia, in as little as eight years – something that usually takes a lot longer to be recorded.