Dr Chris Roelfsema

Snr Research Fellow(Coastal 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: Principle invesigator on two major coral reef habitat mapping projects:

1) Developing and implementing an approach to map geomorphic zonation, bottom type and predicted coral type habitat for every single reef over the full extent of the Great Barrier Reef, currently these maps do not exist to that level of detail. https://www.rsrc.org.au/gbrcommon.

2) The research on the GBR formed the basis for the global habitat mapping component of the Allen Coral Atlas which aims to create maps of all coral reefs globally and develop a monitoring system, in partnership with Paul G. Allen Philanthropies; Planet; the Arizona State University and the National Geographic Society.

Current position: Senior 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

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  • Roelfsema, Chris, Loder, Jennifer, Hay, Kyra, Kleine, Diana, Grol, Monique and Kovacs, Eva (2019). Building an understanding of Moreton Bay Mraine Park's reefs through citizen science. Moreton Bay Quandamooka and catchment: past, present and future. (pp. 459-474) edited by Ian R. Tibbetts, Peter C. Rothlisberg, David T. Neil, Tamara A. Homburg, David T. Brewer and Angela H. Arthington.Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Moreton Bay Foundation.

  • Loder, Jennifer, Roelfsema, Chris, Kilpatrick, Carley and Martin, Victoria (2019). How does citizen science contribute to sustaining Moreton Bay? A discussion of approaches and applications. Moreton Bay Quandamooka and catchment: past, present and future. (pp. 447-458) edited by Ian R. Tibbetts, Peter C. Rothlisberg, David T. Neil, Tamara A. Homburg, David T. Brewer and Angela H. Arthington.Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Moreton Bay Foundation.

  • Lyons, Mitch, Phinn, Stuart and Roelfsema, Chris (2019). Moreton Bay and catchment urban expansion and vegetation change. Moreton Bay Quandamooka and catchment: past, present and future. (pp. 181-186) edited by Ian R. Tibbetts, Peter C. Rothlisberg, David T. Neil, Tamara A. Homburg, David T. Brewer and Angela H. Arthington.Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Moreton Bay Foundation.

  • Maxwell, Paul, Connolly, Rod, Roelfsema, Chris, Burfeind, Dana, Udy, James, O'Brien, Kate, Saunders, Megan, Barnes, Richard, Olds, Andrew, Hendersen, Chris and Gilby, Ben (2019). The seagrasses of Moreton Bay Quandamooka: Diversity, ecology and resilience. Moreton Bay Quandamooka and catchment: past, present and future. (pp. 279-298) edited by Ian R. Tibbetts, Peter C. Rothlisberg, David T. Neil, Tamara A. Homburg, David T. Brewer and Angela H. Arthington.Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Moreton Bay Foundation.

  • Kovacs, Eva M., Tibbetts, Hannah L., Baltais, Simon, Lyons, Mitch, Loder, Jennifer and Roelfsema, Chris (2019). Wetland and benthic cover changes in Moreton Bay. Moreton Bay Quandamooka and catchment: past, present and future. (pp. 211-226) edited by Ian R. Tibbetts, Peter C. Rothlisberg, David T. Neil, Tamara A. Homburg, David T. Brewer and Angela H. Arthington.Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Moreton Bay Foundation.

  • Kendrick, Gary A., Hovey, Renae K., Lyons, Mitchell, Roelfsema, Chris, Montoya, Leonardo Ruiz and Phinn, Stuart (2018). Australian seagrass seascapes: present understanding and future research directions. Seagrasses of Australia: structure, ecology and conservation. (pp. 257-286) edited by Anthony W. D. Larkum, Gary A. Kendrick and Peter J. Ralph.Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-71354-0_9

  • Phinn, Stuart, Roelfsema, Chris, Kovacs, Eva, Canto, Robert, Lyons, Mitch, Saunders, Megan and Maxwell, Paul (2018). Mapping, monitoring and modelling seagrass using remote sensing techniques. Seagrasses of Australia. (pp. 445-487) edited by . Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-71354-0_15

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

  • Purkis, Sam and Roelfsema, Chris (2015). Remote sensing of submerged aquatic vegetation and coral reefs. Remote sensing of wetlands: applications and advances. (pp. 223-242) edited by .Boca Raton, FL USA: CRC Press. doi:10.1201/b18210

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

  • Roelfsema, Christiaan M. and Phinn, Stuart R. (2013). Validation. Coral Reef Remote Sensing: A Guide for Multi-level Sensing Mapping and Assessment. (pp. 375-401) edited by James A. Goodman, Samuel J. Purkis and Stuart R. Phinn.Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-9292-2_14

  • Phinn, Stuart R., Hochberg. Eric M. and Roelfsema, Chris M. (2013). Visible and infrared overview. Coral reef remote sensing: a guide for mapping, monitoring and management. (pp. 3-28) edited by James A. Goodman, Samuel J. Purkis and Stuart R. Phinn.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. Integrating and applying science: A handbook for effective coastal ecosystem assessment. (pp. 201-222) edited by 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.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. 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) edited by 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.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. 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) edited by 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.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. 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) edited by 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.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. Fitzroy in Focus. (pp. 6-46) edited by B. Noble, A. Bell, P. Verway and J. Tilden.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. Remote Sensing of Coastal Aquatic Ecosystem Processes - Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing Series. (pp. 217-249) edited by L. Richardson and E. LeDrew.Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision