Dr Kasper Johansen is currently working as a UQ Research Fellow in AusCover, which is one of the main facilities of the government funded Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). Working for the AusCover Facility as the Scientific Coordinator, Dr Johansen’s main responsibilities have been to plan and coordinate intensive field and airborne hyper-spectral and LiDAR data collection campaign for selected biomes in Australia to facilitate calibration and validation of national biophysical time-series map products. An emerging area of research is urban remote sensing with focus on mapping, monitoring and modelling energy and water balance fluxes in urban environments.
Dr Kasper Johansen’s primary contribution between 2003 and 2009 has been the development of operational approaches for riparian zone mapping and monitoring in different Australian environments using high spatial resolution image and LiDAR data. These mapping and monitoring approaches have been adopted by several Australian state government agencies as a tool for replacing more conventional and time-consuming field based methods. Dr Johansen has developed specialised techniques for geographic object-based image analysis and innovative approaches for integrating field survey data of biophysical variables with high spatial resolution image data. Dr Johansen is the author of 18 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.