• The University of Western Australia (M017), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr. Qiaoyun Xie, or Dr. X, is a geospatial scientist and a Lecturer at the School of Engineering, The University of Western Australia. Dr. X and her lab ‘take the pulse of nature’ by using geographical information systems and remote sensing technologies to monitor vegetation dynamics and its interactions with climate. Please visit the lab website for more information.

Using satellite data, or what she describes as her ‘eyes in the sky’, along with field measurements, she tracks ecosystem dynamics, especially plant growth. Her research on ecosystem monitoring focuses on vegetation parameter retrieval; vegetation dynamics; vegetation phenology and shifting seasonality with climate variability; land surface responses and their interactions with climate; and land use activities and major disturbance events.

Currently, her research involves using remote sensing and field measurements to understand the phenology patterns of vegetation across Australian landscapes. Her research reported ground-breaking evidence of climate change impacts on Australian grassland composition, which is key to informing fire, agriculture, and pollen management to improve human life quality and mitigate health threats.

Dr. X has also developed Australia’s first nationwide vegetation phenology products at 500m resolution using satellite data to support researchers and management activities. This can take the form of data that informs ecosystem resilience to climate change, bushfire fuel accumulation, crop yields, airborne allergens, native vegetation conditions, and agricultural management.

Dr. X’s significant contributions to this research field are evidenced through her publication record in a variety of prestigious journals and textbooks; and invitations to convene and present at international conferences. She has also recorded one patent and received several merit-based awards totalling almost $1M in research funding. In addition, Dr. X is a reviewer for 15 academic journals including top journals in her field such as Global Ecology and Biogeography, Remote Sensing of Environment, and Science of the Total Environment.

Incredibly passionate about her work, Dr. X’s ultimate aim is to prepare for biogeography in future climates. Her research provides vital information about changes in plant growth and distribution induced by climate and environmental changes. This information will help humanity adapt in how we rely on plants for critical things like food, fuel, and clean air.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Environental Science, Visiting Scholar, University of California Berkeley


Remote Sensing and GIS, PhD, University of Southampton


Remote Sensing and GIS, PhD, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences


Industry keywords

  • Agriculture and Food
  • Environmental
  • Space
  • Mining and Resources

Research expertise keywords

  • Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Terrestrial ecosystem ecology
  • Environment
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Land ecosystem atmosphere interactions
  • Phenology
  • Ecosystem stress detection
  • ecosystem resilience
  • Vegetation survey and mapping


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