Kasper Johansen

Research Scientists

Research Scientist, Environmental Sciences and Engineering



Dr Johansen received his PhD in Remote Sensing from the University of Queensland in 2007, after completing a first class honours degree in Geographic Sciences. He then spent 11 years, as a Postdoctoral Scientist, Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, focusing on high spatial resolution image processing and analysis of forested, urban, mangrove and agricultural environments. He joined KAUST in November 2017

Research Interests

Dr Johansen's main research interests are focused on processing and analyzing high spatial resolution remotely sensed multi-spectral, hyper-spectral, LiDAR and thermal image data acquired from satellite, airborne and UAV based sensors to extract ecologically meaningful information. Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis is a key research focus used for image analysis of these datasets. The majority of recent research is focused on UAV based mapping of agricultural environments, including date palms, tomato plants, quinoa and horticultural tree crops. Collection of in-situ data for calibration and validation purposes is an integral part of this research

Selected Publications

  • Johansen, K., Erskine, P., McCabe, M. (2019). Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to assess the rehabilitation performance of open cut coal mines. Journal of Cleaner Production, 209, 819-833, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.10.287
  • Tu, Y., Phinn, S., Johansen, K., Robson, A. (2018). Assessing radiometric correction approaches for multi-spectral UAS imagery for horticultural applications. Remote Sensing, 10(11), 1684, https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10111684.
  • Johansen, K., Raharjo, T., McCabe, M. F (2018). Using multi-spectral UAV imagery to extract tree crop structural properties and assess pruning effects. Remote Sensing, 10(6), 854, https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10060854.
  • ​Johansen, K., Robson, A., Sallam, N., Samson, P., Chandler, K., Eaton, A., Derby, L., Jennings, J. (2018). Object-based mapping of sugarcane grub damage and risk from GeoEye-1 imagery in Queensland, Australia. GEOBIA Special Issue in GIScience and Remote Sensing, 55(2), 285-305, https://doi.org/10.1080/15481603.2017.1417691 .


  • Ph.D. in the field of remote sensing, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, March 2007
  • B. Science with Honours Class 1 in the field of Geographical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Professional Profile

  • 2017-Current: Research Scientist, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • 2014-2017: Senior Research Fellow, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 2010-2014: Research Fellow, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 2006-2010: Postdoctoral Scientist, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 2006-2017: Completed 12 consultancy projects


  • 2017: Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, titled “Ultrahigh-resolution remote sensing for assessing biodiversity hotspots”.
  • 2014: Australian Coal Association Research Project Grant, titled “Cost-efficient, empirically based framework using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle datasets to demonstrate rehabilitation quality”.
  • 2012: Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, titled “Achieving biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service delivery”.
  • 2008: Finalist for the 11th Riversymposium Young Water Scientist Award
  • 2007-2012: ResTeach Fellowship Award.
  • 2004-2006: International Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

Research Interests Keywords

Crop health and productivity Agricultural monitoring Remote Sensing