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Students and interns

Passang DORJI Helen CHEDZEY Shawn BOS
My work focuses on mapping marine and terrestrial geo-physical properties using airborne and satellite remote sensing. I am an active contributor in the Dredging Science Node Project led by Western Australian Institute of Marine Science in understanding the impact of anthropogenic activities (dredging) on the coastal water quality via satellite remote sensing. Total suspended sediment mapping algorithm developed by myself and the RSSRG team are currently operationalized in monitoring the water quality in Western Australia using earth observation satellites. My expertise is on algorithm development, in-situ data collection of marine bio-geochemical properties, optical properties of marine and terrestrial samples, high volume satellite data processing, atmospheric correction using in situ or radiative transfer methods, and in-water radiative transfer simulations. Education: Ph.D. student (2014-2017): Physics, Curtin University, Western Australia M.Sc. (2012): Physics, Curtin University, Western Australia B.A. (2008): Physics (Major) and Mathematics (Minor), Hiram College, United States. I have been a member of RSSRG since 1998 and have been involved in many aspects of remote sensing over the past 20 years. My work has covered the marine environment, terrestrial remote sensing and atmospheric research. I've collected spectral, atmospheric and water quality parameters from a variety of fieldwork campaigns over the years and helped run training courses and workshops for the processing and application of satellite data. I have recently submitted my PhD thesis, "Remote sensing of cloud properties and rainfall: three decades of satellite observations over Australia". Global and Australian cloud cover were studied using a combination of High-resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder (HIRS) and MODerate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data for a 31-year period (1985 to 2015). A significant part of the research involved the regional characterisation of potential rain clouds in the Southwest and Kimberley regions of Western Australia using satellite-derived cloud physical and micro-physical properties (cloud top pressure, cloud effective emissivity, cloud top temperature, cloud optical thickness and cloud effective radius). Shawn Bos is a PhD candidate undertaking a research project on hyperspectral classification using airborne data. His interests lie in many areas in physics but is especially keen on computational physics as applied to environmental science or quantum mechanics. His honours degree project used FORTRAN 77 to computationally model the Poisson equation in Density Functional Theory. After graduating from Curtin University, Shawn went on to develop a career involving computers. After putting himself through an MCSE, he successfully attained several system administration positions. He next turned to secondary mathematics teaching after completing a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education. Currently, Shawn has returned to physics where he is completing his PhD in hyperspectral remote sensing. Algorithms were written in C++ (and some in FORTRAN 2008) to process the huge data sets necessary. Other languages utilised during the thesis included MATLAB, Matplotlib and ENVI.
Tristan has over 15 years of experience in the application of geoscience to environmental, groundwater and geotechnical projects, including working on some of the world's biggest LNG and iron ore mining projects. His PhD candidature is a combination of his professional experience with his hobby of beekeeping: using a combination of spectroradiometer, drone and satellite data to in an effort build a model to detect, and potentially predict, flowering Marri trees (Corymbia calophylla) which produce the largest honey harvest in Western Australia. He is active in the local community and industry, being on the board for the Rotary Club of Perth and the South-East Region Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) and a member of the beekeeping section of the Department of Agriculture and Food's Agricutural Produce Commission. Gabriel was with RSSRG in May-August 2017, as part of an internship due to complete his studies. He developed tools that allow to download and process Sentinel 2 and 3 data from the Australia Copernicus data hub. Gabriel's previous studies include: 2013-2015: preparatory classe in Physics and Chemistry for a competitive examination to access French engineering Schools 2015- 2017: Master’s degree in engineering of Geomatics in the National School of Geographic Sciences (ENSG-IGN) 2017- 2019: Master’s degree in engineering of Meteorology in the National School of Meteorology (ENM, Toulouse, France) as part of a twin diploma.
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