Chandrama Sarker

Spatial Research Scientist

Brisbane, QLD

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  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Opportunities to collaborate


Dr. Sarker has a background in remote sensing image analysis and water resources with a Bachelor in Geography and a Master of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation with a specialization in Water Resources in the Netherlands. She did a Master of Engineering from the University of New South Wales.

Before joining the Centre she worked as a Research Associate in a project of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, titled, “Development of Spectral Reflectance Methods and Low-Cost Sensors for Real-Time Application of Variable Rate inputs in Precision Farming”. After joining the Center, she completed her Ph.D. in automated flood mapping using advanced machine learning techniques supervised by Associate Professor Dr. Luis Mejias and Senior Lecturer Dr. Frederic Maire.

Chandrama’s research topic is “Automated Detection of Flooded Areas Using Machine Learning Methods.”

She’s involved in research that includes generating adaptive classification algorithms that are able to automatically detect flooded areas from multi-temporal, multi-spectral, and multi-sensor remote sensing images.

The objective of her research is to develop classification models utilizing deep feed-forward artificial neural networks that are able to differentiate permanent water bodies from flooded areas in real-time remote sensing images acquired by aerial or space-borne sensors.

Chandrama’s has joined the Company Downer Defence System as the Subject Matter Expert in Geospatial Data Science. Her roles there to help in doing the geospatial related data analysis in various projects the team involved and also to assist in prototyping various geo-spatial capabilities for future involvements.

Currently, she is working as a spatial research scientist in the Land and Water Unit, CSIRO. She is involved with the National Bushfire Management Team.