Sadhvi Selvaraj is WWLA’s Remote Sensing Scientist based in the Auckland office. Sadhvi has a remote sensing and GIS background and recently completed her PhD in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) remote sensing at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). This builds on her six years industry experience working for Airbus (UK), Masters in GIS (UK) and BEngg in Geo-Informatics (India).
Sadhvi has worked on various remote sensing projects within the oil and gas division while at Airbus including managing offshore oil seep/oil pollution database created using satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, mapping surface features from high-resolution optical satellite data and satellite data processing. Sadhvi’s PhD was on hyperspectral analysis of seaweeds and utilizing UAV to discriminate submerged seaweed species.
Remote sensing prospects within New Zealand where WWLA’s expertise can be leveraged are abundant. Since starting at WWLA Sadhvi has already been involved in acquiring historic lake levels and water quality proxies for algal bloom over Lake Omapere, identifying potential wetlands to assist in managing the requirements set down under the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 legislation, identifying land suitable for avocados where wet soils should be avoided, and developing landuse histories, and historical evapotranspiration timeseries.
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