Mr David Blondeau-Patissier

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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).

My most recent project is aiming at exploring the combination of optical, thermal and synthetic aperture radar satellite sensors from ESA’s Sentinel missions for the detection of oil spills around Australia's coastline (with Thomas Schroeder as co-PI).

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Prior to joining CSIRO O&A Brisbane in September 2015, I have worked at Charles Darwin University, CSIRO L&W Canberra, in the UK (Plymouth Marine Lab) 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 hydro-carbons (oil) in the Great Barrier Reef using satellite sensors from the latest Sentinel missions (European Space Agency), in particular Sentinel-1 SAR. This is a new and exciting research we are currently undertaking with support from AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority), The Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES, formerly DSITI), and Advance Queensland.

  • Water quality monitoring in the coastal waters of Northern Australia, more specifically the Darwin - Van Diemen Gulf region.

Please visit my ResearchGate profile for more information.

Fields of Research

Professional Experiences

  • 2012-2015

    Post-Doctoral fellow
    Charles Darwin University, Darwin (NT)

  • 2011-2012

    Project Officer
    CSIRO Land and Water, Canberra (ACT)


  • 2016-2019

    Advance Queensland Early Career Fellowship (Qld Gov, DSITI)