Prof. Phinn is a geographer who uses satellite and airborne imaging systems to develop approaches for mapping, measuring and monitoring changes in the earth’s environments. His main contributions have been:
- the development of a procedure for monitoring and management of coastal, urban and wetland environments using remotely sensed data sets;
- establishing the largest government linked cooperative remote sensing research centre in Australia, theRemote Sensing Research Centre;and
- producing the highest quality remote sensing research students. Phinn’s standard procedure forms the basis of his research, consulting and teaching work, and is one of the central techniques of the Remote Sensing Research Centre and its highly successful remote sensing toolkit.
Due to the inter-disciplinary nature of applied remote sensing, the majority of Prof. Phinn’s projects are collaborative, linking scientists in different disciplines and resource managers to remote sensing solutions. This has been integral to Prof. Phinn building highly successful partnerships to assist with developing satellite image based environmental monitoring programs for Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Prof. Phinn’s contribution to remote sensing is reflected through his involvement in activities to advance the profession and application of remote sensing both internationally and in Australia. He has published extensivley in international journals and books, for a listing of publications go to his Google Scholar profile. Prof. Phinn is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, and the Journal of Spatial Sciences.