Koala mapping, remote sensing and habitat modelling

Wednesday 13 October

Improved science can drive improvements in koala conservation in SEQ and boost our understanding of their distribution and the impact of threats. High quality koala habitat mapping, threat mapping and monitoring and research programs can help measure changes in koala populations and threats over time. This information can inform management decision making and help communicate outcomes in improving the conservation of koalas.

The Queensland Government has developed state-of the-art koala habitat mapping for SEQ using advanced modelling techniques and its expertise in Queensland-wide comprehensive habitat mapping. The mapped core koala habitat represents the best habitat for koala populations based on biophysical measures (including climate), suitable vegetation, and koala occurrence records.

Linking the new koala habitat mapping with the Queensland Government’s existing vegetation and landcover mapping, and utilising a species model with koala sighting data, allows the modelling to be refined as new information becomes available.

In this session, technical experts from the Queensland Government and the University of Southern Queensland will discuss regional ecosystem and high value regrowth mapping, koala habitat modelling, threat hotspot mapping and GIS and remote sensing.