Dr Amy Parker is an up- and down-stream Earth Observation (EO) specialist with ten years of experience spanning satellite operations and mission planning, EO data management and EO applications research and development. She is currently located in the CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation where she manages operations for Australia’s first-ever sovereign EO satellite capability, NovaSAR-1, and leads a competitively funded cross-business unit Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Science program. Through the Centre for Earth Observation, Amy is also working as part of the Aquawatch Australia mission team.
Amy holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research fellowship at Curtin University. Her technical expertise lies in the use of SAR EO to measure displacements of Earth’s surface. She holds a PhD in volcanology and geophysics from the University of Bristol, UK, and an undergraduate first class honours degree in Geophysics from the University of Liverpool, UK.
The NovaSAR-1 Earth observation satellite is officially an all-Aussie operation. The Centre for Appropriate Technology (CfAT) ground station is downlinking all the data from NovaSAR-1.
CfAT is Australia’s first and only Aboriginal owned and operated ground segment service provider. CfAT Satellite Enterprises manages the ground station on Arrernte country near Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and partners with service providers to support outcomes for Indigenous communities around Australia.
We also discuss the CSIRO’s activities in Vietnam and across the ASEAN region. CSIRO has a strong relationship with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) due to its longstanding history of research collaboration activities in Vietnam. In March 2018, CSIRO and MOST signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to encourage collaboration between qualified research and development institutions in Vietnam and Australia. The MoU encourages joint research activities in the areas of agriculture, food, health, biosecurity, oceans and atmosphere, energy, manufacturing, land and water, astronomy, information technology and digital data.
Interview recorded 6 October, 2022.