Kasper Johansen, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

​Senior Research Scientist

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 mapping applications are focused on agricultural environments.


  • 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

  • ​Nov 2017 - present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • Jul 2014 - Nov 2017: Senior Research Fellow, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • Jul 2010 - Jul 2014: Research Fellow, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • Nov 2006 - Jun 2010: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia


Awarded ARC Discovery Grant,
Project ID: DP180103460
Title: Ultrahigh-resolution remote sensing for assessing biodiversity hotspots
CIs: Arko Lucieer, Stuart Phinn, Susanne, Schmidt, Kasper Johansen, Nicholas Coops. Years: 2017-2020

Awarded ACARP Grant 
Title: Cost-efficient, empirically based framework using integrating datasets to demonstrate rehabilitation quality
CIs: Peter Erskine, Kasper Johansen, and Andrew Fletcher. Years: March 2015 – March 2017

Awarded Best Research Paper presented at 36th ASSCT Conference on the Gold Coast, 29 April 2014.

Awarded ARC Discovery Grant,
Project ID: DP130100218
Title: Achieving Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Service Delivery: the Role of Landscape Structure
CIs: Jonathan Rhodes, Martine Maron, Clive McAlpine, Kasper Johansen. Years: 2013-2015

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

Remote sensing Agriculture Satellite High spatial resolution Geographic object-based image analysis UAV1 Airborne Multi-spectral LiDAR Thermal Hyper-spectral Image processing