AquaWatch Pilot Project: Aquaculture in Spencer Gulf, South Australia

An AquaWatch Pilot which is aimed at supporting the Aquaculture Industry in the Spencer Gulf, and the associated need for monitoring environmental impact. This pilot project aims to demonstrate the integration of in-situ sensor data streams and satellite water quality products.

Project activity: This pilot project, working closely with state government agencies and aqua-culturalists, will demonstrate the potential benefits of data derived from in-situ sensors (Hydraspectra, weather station) and earth observation satellites (sentinel 2, LandSat-8) to integrate and visualise multiple space-based observations (maps of sediment, dissolved carbon, chlorophyll-a and diffuse attenuation of light) and ground-based sensor water quality data (temperature, salinity, fluorescence, backscattering, turbidity and hyperspectral reflectance) streams, combined with hydrodynamic model outputs (salinity, temperature, stratification and current vectors).

Expected outputs and outcomes: Project result will be a demonstrator data processing, integration and visualisation tool to support environmental monitoring and sustainable growth of the aquaculture industry. The ultimate aim is the demonstrated value of the integrated technologies, their benefit to end-users and their potential adoption. These are required to inform the development of the AquaWatch mission. Results will be available to inform the relevant industry sectors for commercial development to the benefit of the Australian economy.


Project Leader:
Nagur Cherukuru