Janet Anstee

Research Group Leader
CSIRO Environment

Canberra, ACT

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Janet Anstee is an aquatic remote sensing scientist and Research Group Leader of the Aquatic Ecosystem Processes group at CSIRO Environment's Coastal and Oceanic Systems program. She specializes in applying validated bio-optical models to advance water quality discrimination and enhance understanding of aquatic habitats. Her work encompasses atmospheric radiative transfer, semi-analytical inversion models, and extensive scientific, technical, and logistical expertise in aquatic remote sensing calibration and validation. Janet was a member of the International Shallow Water Working Group (US Office of Naval Research 2008-2011), and one of the leading Australian collaborators in the 2017 NASA COral Reef Airborne Laboratory (2016-2017) and the Australian PI of the International PrimeWater project (2019-2023). She is a passionate citizen scientist and leads the CSIRO Eye on Water – Australia work which brings together her earth observation skills and interest in aquatic systems with citizen science. Janet has experience in engaging with Indigenous communities through the Eye on Water project and is now the acting Indigenous Engagement Lead for the CSIRO AquaWatch Mission. Two exemplars of Janet's current research are: Firstly, she is the lead for the development of a dark water autonomous calibration and validation facility. This facility will play a crucial role in validating satellite sensors and refining hyperspectral algorithms for Australian applications. Second, she is actively involved in determining the technological requirements for hyperspectral imaging in the CSIRO AquaWatch Australia Mission (water quality) and a collaborative project with the University of Queensland and the SmartSat CRC (coral reefs and seagrass).

Janet is an aquatic EO scientist with a background and experience in:

  • Group, Team and Project management
  • Strategic scientific and capability planning
  • Leading multidisciplinary teams and complex research projects.