Dr Chris Roelfsema

Research Fellow (Coastal and Marine

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
c.roelfsema@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56977

Overview

Research interest: Monitoring ecosystem health of coral reefs and seagrass habitats, integrating field and remote sensing image datasets, calibrating and validating of remotely sensed imagery in coastal environments, and the developing cost-effective benthic habitat mapping approaches. He has developed unique field methods for the calibration and validation of high/low spatial resolution, multi-/hyper-spectral airborne and satellite imagery in combination with object based image analysis approaches. These methods have been adopted as standard practice in a number of resource management agencies and research institutes around the world.

Current projects: Developing an approach and mapping geomorphic zonation and benthic composition for the full extent of the Great Barrier Reef, currently these maps do not exist to that level of detail and extent and will support monitoring, modelling and management. https://www.rsrc.org.au/gbrcommon

Current position: Research fellow teaching remote sensing courses, co-director of the Remote Sensing Research Centre https://www.rsrc.org.au/ and research https://www.rsrc.org.au/coastal-mapping-and-monitoring.

Capacity building: teaching in under and post graduate courses; supervision of post-graduate students, national and international workshops; and development of remote sensing toolkit https://www.rsrc.org.au/rstoolkit.

Citizen science: Integrated in his research and as volunteer he is a strong supporter of citizen science based projects, which he represents as a trainer and scientific advisor with www.reefcheckaustralia.org/ and www.coralwatch.org , and volunteer project organiser of http://www.unidive.org/unidive-projects/frea/.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science, The University of Queensland
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Marine Science, The University of Queensland
  • Masters of Engineering, Technical University of Delft
  • Bachelor of Science, Hogere Zeevaart School

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Purkis, Sam and Roelfsema, Chris (2015). Remote Sensing of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation and Coral Reefs. In Ralph W. Tiner, Megan W. Lang and Victor V. Klemas (Ed.), Remote Sensing of Wetlands: Applications and Advances (pp. 223-240) Boca Raton, Florida, United States: CRC Press (Taylor and Francis).

  • Jupiter, Stacy, Roelfsema, Chris M. and Phinn, Stuart R. (2013). Science and management. In James A. Goodman, Samuel J. Purkis and Stuart R. Phinn (Ed.), Coral reef remote sensing: a guide for mapping, monitoring and management (pp. 403-423) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer - Netherlands. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-9292-2_15

  • Roelfsema, Christiaan M. and Phinn, Stuart R. (2013). Validation. In James A. Goodman, Samuel J. Purkis and Stuart R. Phinn (Ed.), Coral Reef Remote Sensing: A Guide for Multi-level Sensing Mapping and Assessment (pp. 375-401) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-9292-2

  • Phinn, Stuart R., Hochberg. Eric M. and Roelfsema, Chris M. (2013). Visible and infrared overview. In James A. Goodman, Samuel J. Purkis and Stuart R. Phinn (Ed.), Coral reef remote sensing: a guide for mapping, monitoring and management (pp. 3-28) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer - Netherlands. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-9292-2_1

  • Phinn, Stuart, Roelfsema, Chris and Stumpf, Richard P. (2010). Remote sensing: Discerning the promise from the reality. In B.J. Longstaff, T.J.B. Carruthers, W.C. Dennison, T.R. Lookingbill, J.M. Hawkey,, J.E. Thomas, E.C. Wicks, and J. Woerner (Ed.), Integrating and applying science: A handbook for effective coastal ecosystem assessment (pp. 201-222) Cambridge, MA, U.S.A: IAN Press.

  • Love, M., Corrin-Care, J., Ross, A., Albert, S., Tibbetts, I., Udy, J., Roelfsema, C. and Duke, N. (2007). Lessons learned, future directions and recommendations. In N. C. Duke, J. W. Udy, S. Albert, M. Love, A. Ross, I. R. Tibbetts, C. Roelfsema, D. T. Neil, G. Marion, J. Corrin Care, W. Carter, P. Dart and S. Hough (Ed.), Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: Development of environmental management initiatives that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands (pp. 129-141) St Lucia, Australia: The University of Queensland.

  • Albert, S., Love, M., Udy, J., Tibbetts, I., Roelfsema, C., Neil, D., Marion, G., Hough, S., Ross, A. and Duke, N. (2007). Science addressing community concerns about the marine environment. In N. C. Duke, J. W. Udy, S. Albert, M. Love, A. Ross, I. R. Tibbetts, C. Roelfsema, D. T. Neil, G. Marion, J. Corrin Care, W. Carter, P. Dart and S. Hough (Ed.), Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: Development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands (pp. 43-83) Brisbane: The University of Queensland.

  • Duke, Norm, Udy, James, Albert, Simon, Love, Mark, Ross, Annie, Tibbetts, Ian., Roelfsema, Chris, Neil, David, Marion, Guy, Prange, Joelle, Corrin-Care, Jennifer, Carter, William, Dart, Peter and Hough, Sean (2007). The UQ Marovo Experience: Science-based support for community management of marine resources. In N. C. Duke, J. W. Udy, S. Albert, M. Love, A. Ross, I. R. Tibbetts, C. Roelfsema, D. T. Neil, G. Marion, J. Corrin Care, W. Carter, P. Dart and S. Hough (Ed.), Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: Development of environmental management initiatives that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marova Lagoon, Solomon Islands (pp. 11-27) Brisbane, Australia: The University of Queensland.

  • N. C. Duke, P. Lawn, C. Roelfsema, K. Zahmel, D. Pedersen and C. Tack (2005). Changing coastlines in the Fitzroy Estuary - assessing historical change in coastal environments. In B. Noble, A. Bell, P. Verway and J. Tilden (Ed.), Fitzroy in Focus (pp. 6-46) Brisbane: Cooperative Research Centre for Coastal Zone, Estuary and Waterway Management.

  • Phinn, S. R., Joyce, K. E., Scarth, P. F. and Roelfsema, C.M. (2005). The role of integrated information acquisition and management in the analysis of coastal ecosystem change. In L. Richardson and E. LeDrew (Ed.), Remote Sensing of Coastal Aquatic Ecosystem Processes - Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing Series (pp. 217-249) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision