Dr Anthea Mitchell
Adjunct Lecturer
Field of Research: 
Forests, land cover and change, wetland dynamics, remote sensing, radar
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 1622
Room G14A
Samuels Building (F25)

UNSW, Kensington 2052

Research & Current Projects


Promotion and development of mapping techniques using earth observation data to support environmental and natural resource management.


ECOPOTENTIAL - Improving future ecosystem benefits through earth observations

-Contribute to the design and development of the EO Data for Ecosystem Monitoring System (EODESM), including modules for habitat, land cover and change mapping. The classification will be based on the FAO Land Cover Classification Scheme (LCCS) taxonomy. Spatio-temporal changes in land cover, fragmentation and essential variables will be analysed, focussing on key anthropogenic and climatic drivers.

Global Forest Observation Initiative (GFOI)

-Support the GFOI Office R&D Coordination Component, which aims to catalyse research efforts towards the development of operational forest monitoring methods required by countries engaged in REDD+ activities.

JAXA Kyoto & Carbon (K&C) Initiative

-Undertake R&D on thematic products derived primarily from L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data that can be used to meet the specific information needs raised by international conventions, carbon cycle science, climate change and conservation. Our project will focus on forest characterisation and monitoring in Tasmania in support of national forest monitoring systems.  




Lucas, R.L., Mitchell, A. and Bunting, P. 2008. Hyperspectral data for assessing carbon dynamics and biodiversity of forests.  Chapter 3, In: Kalacska, M. and Sanchez-Azofeifa, G.A. (eds), Hyperspectral Remote Sensing of Tropical and Sub-Tropical Forests.  CRC Press, Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, FL.


Reiche, J., Lucas, R., Mitchell, A.L., Verbesselt, J., Hoekman, D.H., Haarpaintner, J., Kellndorfer, J.M., Rosenqvist, A., Lehmann, E.A., Woodcock, C.E., Seifert, F.M. and Herold, M. 2016. Combining satellite data for better tropical forest monitoring. Nature Climate Change Commentary, 6: 120-122.

Lucas, R.M., Mitchell, A.L. and Armston, J. 2015. Measurement of forest above-ground biomass using active and passive remote sensing at large (subnational to global scales). Current Forestry Reports, 1: 162-177.

Lehmann, E.A., Caccetta, P., Lowell, K., Mitchell, A., Zhou, Z-S., Held, A., Milne, T. and Tapley, I. 2015.  SAR and optical remote sensing: Assessment of complementarity and interoperability in the context of a large-scale operational forest monitoring system. Remote Sensing of Environment, 156: 335-348.

Mitchell, A.L., Tapley, I., Milne, A.K., Williams, M.L., Zhou, Z-S., Lehmann, E., Caccetta, P., Lowell, K. and Held, A. 2014. C- and L-band SAR interoperability: Filling the gaps in continuous forest cover mapping in Tasmania. Remote Sensing of Environment, 155: 58-68.

Mitchell, A.L., Milne, A.K. and Tapley, I. 2014. Towards an operational SAR monitoring system for monitoring environmental flows in the Macquarie Marshes. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 23, 1: 61-77.

Lehmann, E.A., Caccetta, P., Zhou, Z-S., McNeill, S.J., Wu, X. and Mitchell, A.L. 2012. Joint processing of Landsat and ALOS PALSAR data for forest mapping and monitoring. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 50, 1: 55-67.

Mitchell, A.L., Lucas, R.M., Donnelly, B.E., Pfitzner, K., Milne, A.K. and Finlayson, M. 2007. A new map of mangroves for Kakadu National Park, Northern Australia, based on stereo aerial photography. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 17, 5: 446-467.

Lucas, R.M., Mitchell, A.L., Rosenqvist, A., Proisy, C., Melius, A. and Ticehurst, C. 2007. The potential of L-band SAR for quantifying mangrove characteristics and change: case studies from the tropics. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 17, 3: 245-264.

Day, M., Taylor, G.R., Roff, A. and Mitchell, A.L. 2006. Hyperspectral discrimination of halophytic vegetation as an indicator of stressed arable land. Journal of Spatial Science, 51, 2: 115-128.

Lucas, R.M., Ellison, J.C., Mitchell, A., Donnelly, B., Finlayson, M. and Milne, A.K. 2002. Use of stereo aerial photography for quantifying changes in the extent and height of mangroves in tropical Australia. Wetlands Ecology & Management, 10: 161-175.


GFOI. 2013. Review of Priority Research & Development Topics: R&D related to the use of Remote Sensing in National Forest Monitoring. Pub. GEO, Switzerland, 2013 ISBN 978-92-990047-5-3.

Mitchell, A.L., Tapley, I., Milne, A.K., Williams, M. and Lowell, K. 2012. Radar processing methodologies for the generation of wall-to-wall mosaics. Vol I. Technical report prepared for the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Mitchell, A.L., Tapley, I., Milne, A.K., Williams, M. and Lowell, K. 2012. Radar processing methodologies for the generation of forest information products. Vol II. Technical report prepared for the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Milne, A.K., Tapley, I., Mitchell, A.L. and Powell, M.  2008.  Trial of L-band radar for mapping inundation patterns in the Macquarie Marshes.  Research report submitted to the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC), Dec 2008.

Mitchell, A.L., Taylor, G.R., Roff, A., Day, M.B. and Merton, R.  2008.  A hyperspectral methodology manual for natural resource management: a UNSW CRC-SI initiative, (Ed.) Taylor, G.R. and Mitchell, A.L. CRC-SI, The University of New South Wales.