Arnold Dekker focuses on innovative methods and applications using earth observation (EO) for aquatic ecosystems. He leads international research involving earth observation of all aquatic resources from inland waters to estuaries, coastal waters, coral reefs and oceans. Till recently he was Director of the CSIRO Earth Observation & Informatics Future Science Platform. He is a council member of the Australian Marine Science Association and the Australian Earth Observation Coordinating Group. His multiple international positions enabled him to enhance Australia’s international reputation, ensuring Australian access to international space agency satellite data; influencing global science and being a trusted advisor.