The University of Newcastle, Australia

SURVEY - Do satellites help you make decisions?

Friday, 27 September 2019

Bridging the gap between satellite measurement capability and the needs of decision-makers in water resource management.

Water resources management decision-makers are invited to participate in an online survey to share their experience/thoughts on satellite data.

Image of the earth and a satellite

The survey is part of a research project that aims to identify gaps between the needs of decision-makers against capabilities in satellite measurements. The project is conducted by researchers from the Centre for Water, Climate and Land (CWCL) in collaboration with the Earth Observation Research Center at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Dr. Maki Kikuchi, the project researcher, said that the survey is a 15-minute online questionnaire, asking participants’ experience in using scientific data and any requests to satellite data for supporting their decision making.

“Despite the increase in satellite-driven data products, satellite measurements have not been fully incorporated within decision-making processes in the water resource management sector,” said Maki.

“So the purpose of this research is to investigate if and how satellite measurements are being used to support decision-making in the water resource management sector across Australia. These insights from the survey will help in the development, planning and management of future satellite mission.”

For more information about this study and to take the survey please follow the link:

If you have any questions about the study please contact

This project has been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Approval No. H-2019-0297.

Research Team:

Associate Professor Anthony Kiem (Chief Investigator)

Dr. Maki Kikuchi (Co-Investigator)


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