Dr David Blondeau-Patissier


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Biography

My research interests are marine bio-optics and the use of ocean colour satellite datasets for water quality monitoring, and more recently oil pollution monitoring with Synthetic Aperture Radars (SAR).

A recently completed project aimed at exploring the combination of synthetic aperture radar data with optical and/or thermal information from ESA’s Sentinel missions for the detection of oil spills around Australia's coastline, with a particular focus on the Great Barrier Reef and the North West Shelf.

Please see a brief description of the scope of the project and outcomes from this 2020 CSIRO ECOS article, and the one published at the very start of this project, 2016 CSIRO ECOS article.

Prior to joining CSIRO O&A Brisbane in September 2015, I have worked at the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL, Charles Darwin University - currently maintaining an Honorary position), at CSIRO Black Mountain in Canberra, at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML, UK) and in France (CNRS) where I contributed to a variety of projects on the water quality of Northern Australia tropical waters, the Great Barrier Reef, the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea.

I am currently working on:

  • The detection and monitoring of marine pollution by heavy fuel oil (HFO) around Australia's coastline using satellite sensors from the Sentinel missions (European Space Agency), in particular Sentinel-1 SAR and soon, NovaSAR.

  • Water quality monitoring in Australia's coastal waters, in particular Northern Australia (the Darwin - Van Diemen Gulf region).

Please visit my ResearchGate profile for more information.

Fields of Research

Grants

  • 2016-2019

    Advance Queensland Early Career Fellowship (Qld Gov, DSITI)