The committee provides leadership to the AEOCCG group. In addition to adhering to the Terms of Reference, Operating Protocols and Reporting Responsibilities the committee ensures that the group’s objectives and goals are being followed and that the group develops in the appropriate direction.

The committee communicates the group’s collective opinions and outcomes with Commonwealth Government’s Australian Government Earth Observation from Space Working Group (AGEOSWG) or other external organisations and report its findings back to the AEOCCG group.


Professor Stuart Phinn

Director of the Remote Sensing Research Centre at the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at The University of Queensland and Director of the Joint Remote Sensing Research Program. Professor Phinn’s research interests include the use of satellite and airborne images to map, monitor and model biophysical properties of terrestrial and aquatic environments for scientific and management applications.


Dr Adam Lewis

Leads the National Earth and Marine Observation Group (NEMO) at Geoscience Australia and has worked for almost ten years toward increasing Australia’s earth observation from space capabilities - through an improved understanding of the importance of EOS to Australia, through increased coordination of effort and planning, through better access to the industry, and through strategic projects to improve the calibration and accessibility of EOS data, in particular Landsat data. Current priorities are progressing the National Earth Observation Infrastructure Plan, and building a high performance ‘data cube’ in the National Computational Infrastructure to enable collaborative development of algorithms to monitor the land and coasts at national scales, taking full advantage of the rich time-series of calibrated data that is now available for Australia.


Stephen Ward

Stephen is the founder of Symbios Spazio and Symbios Communications in Sydney. He supports a range of clients world-wide in space policy studies and space related projects. He is the author of The Earth Observation Handbook published by the European Space Agency and was a part of the study team for the Continuity of Earth Observation Data for Australia publication. Stephen has worked in the area of international coordination of space programmes, global environment and climate change since 1990. Through his work he has developed a broad understanding of a range of sectors related to Earth observation and climate – including the co-operation processes behind the planning of future programs.


Dr Alex Held

Dr Held is currently a Team Leader of the Terrestrial Remote Sensing Group of the CSIRO Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research. He is also the Director of the “AusCover” remote sensing data facility of Australia’s “Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network” – TERN, and a Co-Lead of the Group on Earth Observation Forest Carbon Tracking task. Previously he served as Head of COSSA (CSIRO Office of Space Science and Applications) from 2004 - December 2007. He is a plant physiologist by training from the University of California, Davis, and has been linking remote sensing and vegetation mapping at CSIRO since arriving in Australia 22 years ago. He is also a technical advisor to Australia’s Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and their International Forest Carbon Initiative.


Professor Arnold Dekker

Arnold Dekker is the Director of the Earth Observation and Informatics Transformational Capability Platform at the Land and Water Research Division at the CSIRO and Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland.  Professor Dekker is one of Australia's leading experts on earth observation of inland, estuarine, coastal and benthic ecosystems and represents CSIRO as a significant international player in these four management relevant application areas of earth observation.


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Andrea Herklots

Andrea has worked in the geospatial industry, primarily in the private sector, for the past 28+ years. Her experience spans research, local and federal government, vendor and the last 18 years in private consultancy.

Andrea and her team have provided services to many industry sectors, including environment, ecology, infrastructure, planning, natural resources, mining and urban design.

Andrea is the founder of The Virtual GIS Group, a private consultancy established in 1996 which primarily focuses on the application of solutions using remotely sensed imagery for industry. The organization has a key aim to promote the use of evidence-based reporting utilizing remote sensing for the environmental and resource sectors.

Andrea is a Director at the national level for the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and has previously been involved with the Destination Spatial Collective Movement. She has an MSc in Remote Sensing from University College London and a BSc (Hons) 1st Class in Combined Sciences (Geography and Computer Studies).