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Ralf is the Director of his own company, Spatial Ventures and is engaged in projects in Afghanistan and New Caledonia.
Ralf is the Director of his own company, Spatial Ventures and is engaged in projects in Afghanistan and New Caledonia.

School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management graduate Ralf-D. Schroers has mapped out his own road to success.  

After graduating from a Master of Geographic Information Science (GIS) in 2006 Ralf worked for a number of high profile organisations including other Queensland government science sections and CSIRO.
He is now the Director of his own company, Spatial Ventures, is working as a consultant for GRM International in Afghanistan and is engaged in Conservation Planning in New Caledonia.

Making a difference is what drives Ralf’s work. 

“I like to work on applying methods, combine analysis, data management and presentation as well as develop user friendly applications exploring and assessing data and produce visualisations. In the end it should help to manage our natural environment and improve livelihoods".

In Kabul, Afghanistan Ralf is advising the ministries of Rural Development and Agriculture on organisational development, planning, and capacity building. 
He has been integrating GIS in existing information systems, teaching national ministry staff spatial analysis for support of project planning and assisted in developing information systems strategies, including the establishment of web mapping interfaces. He was also engaged in strengthening the partnership between the Afghan Government and ISAF forces for exchanging of geospatial information.
On the other side of the globe Ralf’s work with Conservation International is helping to protect the biodiversity of New Caledonia. 
Using image analysis and GIS he is responsible for mapping ecosystem services and delineating key areas of biodiversity by applying systematic conservation planning methodologies.
Ralf credits his studies at UQ with contributing to his success.
 "The skills I obtained through my degree helped significantly. Sound theoretical background and practical work during my study helped me to be firm in developing concepts, methods and applications that are crucial for my daily work.”
While studying at UQ Ralf was working with the Department of Natural Resources and his Master’s Thesis (GIS) was part of a Department project mapping agricultural practises using satellite image data.
His thesis concept went on to be presented at an Australasian Conference and was published in a textbook on remote sensing. 
Ralf hopes to continue with his work in the areas of conservation planning as well as assisting the Ministry of Agriculture in Afghanistan supporting land cover assessments, monitor Nomad (Kuchi) movements and related impacts on central Afghanistan. 

Part of his work in the future may also include contributing to counter-narcotic activities in Afghanistan's southern regions. Another area is to develop open source GIS client solutions and provide GIS services down to provincial levels, as it is already trialled within ministries at National level. These ideas could also be accompanied by research work and university involvement. To relax his is keen to pursue his plan to cross the Simpson Desert on his motorcycle.
Some of Mr Schroers publications include:
Schroers, Ralf-D. 2008. Investigating the potential for mapping fallow management practices using MODIS image data, In: Innovations in Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry (2009), Series: Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, Jones, Simon; Reinke, Karin (Eds.),
Springer Verlag, Berlin
Schroers, R.-D. and Williams, K.J. 2008. Multispectral image analysis of woody vegetation extent and disturbance on the Popondetta Plain of Papua New Guinea: Identifying areas of potential habitat for the Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly. Conservation International Melanesia and CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Atherton.
Zbell, B., S. Brozio, G. Kühn, W. Mirschel, C. Prietzsch, R.-D. Schroers & M. Wegehenkel (2000): Current limits and future potentials of broad scale monitoring of agricultural land using hyperspectral remote sensing data. - In: Birkner, U., H. Amon, G. Ohmayer & L. Reiner [Hrsg.]: Agrarinformatik im Wandel: Rückblick und Zukunftsperspektiven; Referate der 21. GIL-Jahrestagung in Freising-Weihenstephan, 2000: 248-251; (Gesellschaft für Informatik in der Land-, Forst- und Ernährungswirtschaft)


Last updated: Apr 18, 2013