Santos

Cooper Basin

Ecological assessment of six petroleum leases in the Cooper Basin Floodplain, including vegetation mapping, targeted threatened fauna surveys and assessment of Matters of State Environmental Significance.

 

Innovation

E2M used a combination of high-resolution satellite imagery taken across multiple years and ground-truthing surveys to map vegetation across the large study area. Vegetation communities within the Cooper Basin are highly dependent on the frequency of flooding. E2M examined historical aerial imagery across multiple wet and dry periods to accurately map vegetation and associated Matters of State Environmental Significance.

The project required vegetation mapping across more than 42,000 ha of remote and difficult to access country. That’s more than twice the size of the European country of Liechtenstein!

Outcomes

Across the 42,000 ha study area, E2M mapped vegetation, assessed Matters of State Environmental Significance and confirmed the presence of one highly cryptic threatened species, the grey grasswren (Amytornis barbatus).

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