Where the wild things are: spatial expertise lends a hand
December 17th, 2015 by tanya
Ecosystems are inherently spatial. We need to know where different species, land use and human settlements are and how they’re interconnected.
Now the science needed to secure the future of Australia’s unique ecosystems in the face of growing pressures will benefit from AURIN’s geospatial expertise.
Dr Serryn Eagleson, AURIN’s Data, Business and Applications Manager, has been invited to join the data working group for Australia’s Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan, the implementation of which will provide a sound evidence base to guide decision makers as they respond to the current issues and future trials facing our ecosystems.
“When a range of different kinds of relevant data are integrated and mapped, decision makers are better equipped to make informed land use decisions. This is particularly important at the ‘peri-urban’ fringes of our cities,” says Serryn.
“The working group recognises the critical role of spatial data infrastructures in ensuring the future of our environment, so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to help shape the future of ecosystem science.”
The Plan defines the vision, key directions and priorities for a national ecosystem science capability that will enable Australia to understand and effectively manage its ecosystems for decades to come. This collaborative initiative has been supported by and drawn upon input and ideas from over 600 people and many organsations across Australia, including Geoscience Australia, CSIRO, the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network, Global Change Institute, Atlas of Living Australia and others.
“We’re pleased Serryn’s geospatial and data analysis expertise will be put to use for the benefit of Australia’s natural ecosystems,” says AURIN Director Andrew Dingjan.
“It’s great to see Australia’s diverse data assets mined, integrated and contributing to protecting our natural assets.”