LIDAR Survey of Aneityum for sustainable traditional agriculture, food security and monitoring of environmental change

LIDAR Survey of Aneityum for sustainable traditional agriculture, food security and monitoring of environmental change

Description

Description: 

The project builds on a survey of over 800 individual agricultural locations on the island conducted by Matthew Spriggs in 1978-80 and also on an ongoing project of the Nasaukaea Council of Chiefs of Aneityum, funded from the USA, in teaching traditional sustainable agricultural techniques to a new generation of farmers for food security purposes. During this current project considerable damage to the agricultural infrastructure of the island over the last 36 years because of extreme weather events was identified.

Objectives: 
It is proposed to conduct a LIDAR survey of Aneityum to assess the current state and recent damage to the island’s agricultural infrastructure in the form of terraced irrigation systems for taro production. The LIDAR survey would amount to an audit of the state of the infrastructure of the island 36 years after a field survey of it by Spriggs, and will allow comparison between the two. In the intervening years considerable damage to the agricultural systems has been caused by extreme weather events, particularly in the western, leeward side, with significant implications for future food security on the island.
Project Status: 
Project Contact: 

Matthew Spriggs

7779448
Matthew.Spriggs@anu.edu.au

Richard Shing

7108757
rijashna@gmail.com

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Project Information

Short Title: 
LIDAR Capture for Aneityum
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Project Type: 
Start Date: 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
End Date: 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014