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AusCover

  1. 1. AusCover Facility<br />Presentation by: Alex Held – Facility Director<br />
  2. 2. Purpose of Facility<br />Production and delivery of nationally consistent long‐time series of satellite‐based biophysical map products and next generation remote sensing research data that is validated for Australian conditions.<br />
  3. 3. Key Questions being Addressed<br />• How, in space and time, have key environmental variables changed over the period of satellite image archives for Australia?<br />• Can we measure at regional scales the relative benefits/impacts of legislated environmental management programs on Australia's major land and coastal ecosystems?<br />• How accurate are each of the AusCover data sets, and what image and ground-based measurements are necessary to enable them to be used to assess natural and human induced changes or management actions in the environment? <br />
  4. 4. Our plan for community engagement<br />Operate as Regional Nodes (7), which include partnerships with local ecosystem science and natural resources management bodies.<br />Established an “AusCover Users Reference Group” with representatives from major federal and state research agencies and NRM state agencies<br />Run regular technical workshops, hosted at all regional nodes<br />Operate a dynamic website and data-access portal for AusCover<br />Set up a citizen-science portal, linked to the international Group on Earth Observation “GEOWiki Portal” <br />
  5. 5. Fostering Stronger Federal and State Linkages<br />Work closely with key Commonwealth government operational remote sensing agencies<br />Bureau of Meteorology - Melbourne Node co-Lead<br />Geosciences Australia – Canberra Node co-Lead<br />State agency involvement in many of the regional AusCover Nodes<br />QDERM<br />NSW DECC<br />WA Landgate<br />SA DENR<br />Federal-, State agency and Academia involvement in AusCover Advisory Group<br />
  6. 6. UQ<br />iVEC<br />Data Fabric<br />NCI<br />CSIRO<br />VPAC<br />BoM<br />Online<br />Source: http://www.aarnet.edu.au<br />Coming soon<br />Accessing AusCover datasets and products <br />
  7. 7. Infrastructure to be Delivered<br />Remote Sensing Data Delivery Backbone<br /><ul><li>Issues of data formats, interoperability, data-policy,
  8. 8. Physical storage, efficient delivery to end-users etc.</li></ul>Data Production Network<br /><ul><li> Nationally-consistent, standard biophysical data products,
  9. 9. Metadata and technical support documents
  10. 10. Specialised space-borne, airborne & in-situ research-grade data</li></ul>Ground Validation Program and Instrumentation<br /><ul><li>Set national standards & field validation protocols,
  11. 11. Sites/transects etc.
  12. 12. International Benchmarking (eg CEOS WGCV LPV)</li></li></ul><li>Datasets<br />(1) National/Regional Scale Time-series :<br />Green Land-Cover (NDVI-EVI) <br />Fractional Cover (green vegetation, non-photosynthetic vegetation, bare ground) <br />Fraction Absorbed PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation)<br />Burnt Area<br />Forest cover<br />Land Surface Temperature <br />Broad Ecosystem Maps<br />(2) State-based (to be extended nationally)<br />Fraction Projected Cover (FPC)<br />(3) In-Situ Validation and TERN SuperSite Information <br />Leaf-Area Index <br />Vegetation 3D Structure & biomass<br />Spectral Reflectance (nadir-corrected)<br />
  13. 13. Sample Datasets<br />High-Resolution, Field-based <br />Measurements<br />Low-Resolution, Space-based <br />Measurements<br />Canopy Lidar Point-Clouds<br />Continental Dynamics in Green Cover<br />
  14. 14. Interim Product Delivery Plans<br />
  15. 15. Acknowledgements<br />Bureau of Meteorology – Ian Grant<br />RMIT – Simon Jones<br />University of Queensland – Kasper Johannsen<br />Charles Darwin University – Stefan Maier<br />Adelaide University – Megan Lewis<br />Curtin University – Merv Lynch<br />Geoscience Australia – Medhavy Thankappan<br />CSIRO – Tim Malthus<br />QDERM, UNSW DCCE – Christian Witte, Peter Scarth<br />WA Landgate<br />University of Technology Sydney – Alfredo Huete<br />
  16. 16. Facility Contact Details<br />Alex Held – Director<br />and<br />Rowena Smith – Facility Coordinator<br />CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research <br />GPO Box 3023<br />Canberra, ACT 2601 <br />Australia <br />Tel.: 61-2-6246 5630 <br />Fax: 61-2-6246 5988 <br />Email: alex.held@csiro.au / rowena.smith@csiro.au<br />

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