Satellite tracking of emerging health threats from grass pollen exposure

This project aims to discover why pollen exposure has increased since the 1960s. Grass pollens are the main environmental allergen source in Australia and the primary cause of allergic diseases. This project will investigate the ecological causes of changing pollen allergen exposures through integrating 40 years of satellite data, field phenology cameras, and pollen traps that track grass pollen sources, their evolution and impact areas. The outcomes are expected to advance knowledge of environmental drivers and enable more accurate pollen forecasts that alleviate the medical and socioeconomic burden of allergic diseases, estimated to cost 30 billion dollars.

Project Duration: 2017-2019

Funding / Grants

  • Australian Research Council (ARC) (2017 - 2019)

Other Team Members

  • Professor Alfredo Huete, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney
  • Associate Professor Paul Beggs, Macquarie University, Sydney
  • Michel Thibaudon


Other Partners

  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Macquarie University
  • RNSA France


  • Devadas, Rakhesh, Huete, Alfredo, Vicendese, Don, Erbas, Bircan, Beggs, Paul, Medek, Danielle, Haberle, Simon, Newnham, Rewi, Johnston, Fay, Jaggard, Alison, et al. (2018) Dynamic ecological observations from satellites inform aerobiology of allergenic grass pollen Science of the Total Environment, 633, pp.441-451.