Dr Peter Scarth

Senior Research Scientist

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 56977


Broad remote sensing skills across terrestrial and aquatic environments. Working to democratise spatial data access and use. Happiest when producing and delivering automated, operational and validated national and global scale products that can be used by scientists, policy and the public.

Research Interests

  • Remote Sensing
  • Big spatial and small messy field and ecological data.

Research Impacts

Peter works with a cross disciplinary team team at the Joint Remote Sensing Research Centre (JRSRP) to develop data management systems and mathematical models that measure and map both major and more subtle changes in Australia's vegetation using large earth observation data sets linked to vegetation field data systems. By building demonstrated value on our collective ecosystem data and engaging with stakeholders across academia, government and industry he aims to maintain and extend our data holdings and build "long science" to address wicked problems in the land management space. Peter also works within TERN/Auscover to democratise management and access to spatial data and promote uptake of products by researchers, policy and the public. As an application developer he has a particular interest in delivering difficult to use data in a ways that tell a compelling stories.


  • Bachelor of Science (Hon), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Danaher, Tim, Scarth, Peter, Armston, John, Collett, Lisa, Kitchen, Joanna and Gillingham, Sam (2010). Remote sensing of tree-grass systems: The Eastern Australian woodlands. Ecosystem Function in Savannas: Measurement and Modeling at Landscape to Global Scales. (pp. 175-193) edited by Michael J. Hill and Niall P. Hanan. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b10275

  • Phinn, Stuart, Ticehurst, Catherine, Held, Alex, Scarth, Peter, Nightingale , Joanne and Johansen, Kasper (2008). New tools for monitoring world heritage values. Living in a dynamic tropical forest landscape. (pp. 591-609) edited by Nigel E. Stork and Stephen M. Turton. Malden, MA, U.S.A.: Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1002/9781444300321.ch47

  • 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.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Phinn, S. R., Dekker, A., Brando, V., Roelfsema, C.M. and Scarth, P. F. (2004). MR2 - Remote Sensing for Moreton Bay. Brisbane: CRC for Coastal Zones, Estuaries and Waterways Management.

  • Scarth, Peter (2003). A methodology for scaling biophysical models. PhD Thesis, School of Geography, Planning and Architecture, The University of Queensland.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision