Photos that tell flood stories
A new tool is utilising historical photos together with maps, data and videos to visualise the effects floods have our landscape and communities. Read more to learn just how we are telling flood stories with photos
People using TERN: Donald "DJ" Mackenzie
Logan City Council’s principal environmental officer is using TERN infrastructure to build community resilience and understanding.
Collaborating improves access to south-east Queensland's coastal data
A collaborative project across the CSIRO and the Australian National Data Service is making access to coastal data simple, allowing users to map and graph data from many sources quickly and easily. TERN is already making the most of this tool, called 'SEQuITOR', putting it to work as part of our flood visualisation project.
Australian Coastal Ecosystems Facility
The Australian Coastal Ecosystems Facility (ACEF) collects and distributes key coastal datasets for use in policy and management decisions about the protection and use of Australia’s coastal assets, both marine and freshwater. It addresses data collection needs from fine scale to satellite collections of flora, fauna and biophysical properties of coastal ecosystems.
Australia’s coastal and freshwater aquatic ecosystems are highly complex and dynamic, and are home to more than 85% of the Australian population. This situation puts great pressure on the ecosystems, and means that complex management responses are needed. Although some data collection programs exist (eg monitoring in coastal and freshwater ecosystems), many of the interactions between biophysical factors, time, weather conditions, management actions and changing climate are poorly understood.
ACEF aims to link past and ongoing research, future data collection, and the integration of knowledge by:
- establishing a coastal community of practice to bring together researchers, managers, industry and the community to identify key coastal datasets, improve technologies, and identify funding opportunities;
- identifying national datasets that need to be collected, and funding strategic research that addresses key gaps in datasets;
- providing an overview of coastal research efforts and early findings around Australia, and
- enabling better digital access to observational data, and to analysis and visualisation methods.
To provide a national infrastructure for coastal ecosystem science, ACEF is addressing key challenges such as coordinating and improving access to coastal data; providing seamless data across subtidal and terrestrial environments; improving monitoring and mapping; and tracking the movement of rare, endangered and sentinel species.
ACEF is focussed on providing answers to the following research questions:
- How far do coastal and marine organisms move and what are the key coastal habitats they depend on?
- How are coastal ecosystems and geomorphology, and the productivity of coastal ecosystems, changing in response to anthropogenic pressures, climate change and extreme events?
- Can accurate coastal ocean colour products be developed to use in a national environmental information system?
- Can we measure the relative benefits and impacts of environmental management legislation and programs on Australia’s coastal ecosystems?
- What are the key gaps in our understanding of marine and freshwater coastal ecosystems?
ACEF aims to leverage existing national investments in eResearch infrastructure and work closely with the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN), Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) and with other TERN Facilities. ACEF will deliver its products to the community through the AODN and TERN’s Central Data Discovery Portal to provide a distributed archive and access capability of existing coastal information. ACEF will also contribute datasets for the National Plan for Environment Information (NPEI) and the second National Coastal Vulnerability Assessment.
ACEF is also integrating its activities with the OzCoasts website to present an integrated, transparent view of coastal information for a variety of users.
Key data sets collected by the Coasts Facility
Associate Professor Andy Steven
CSIRO Land and Water
More news from ACEF:
- ACEF has begun to supply hard and soft research and data infrastructure necessary for those attempting to more effectively manage our coastal and estuarine ecosystems.
- ACEF is working with more than 25 data custodians to negotiate access to about 100 coastal datasets that cover the gamut of coastal concerns: water quality, seagrass, wetlands, coastal biodiversity, and fisheries.
- Across Australia, population growth and urban expansion are leading to rapid changes in land-use patterns and the use of resources, especially in urbanised coastal catchments. In south-east Queensland, ACEF is working with the Australian Supersite Network on a water quality monitoring program that delivers real-time results online.