Muditha Heenkenda


Muditha Heenkenda graduated from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka with Bachelor of Science degree. She worked at Survey department of Sri Lanka for few years as an Assistant Superintendent of Surveys. In August 2005, she continued to study at Wageningen University, the Netherlands for Master Degree in Geo-information Science. Then she joined University of Twente, the Netherlands as a lecturer in Surveying and Photogrammetry, and worked there until July, 2012. After that, she started her PhD program at CDU. She has focussed her research attention on 2D and 3D data acquisition from remote sensing images, spatial modelling and geo-statistics.

A transition from traditional mangrove remote sensing to recent advances: Mapping and monitoring

Remote sensing has been using for decades for mangrove studies as it provides the only means to quantitatively assess mangroves continuously over space and time. This research aims to develop and implement remote sensing techniques for mapping and assessing the health of mangrove forests in Darwin Harbour. In addition, it will develop a statistically sound, spatial and temporal model that harmonizes development and conservation around Darwin Harbour to overcome challenges of mangroves monitoring.

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