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Marine Water Quality Dashboard
 
Collaborative Australian Protected Area Database 2012 data release
 
Guide to environmental accounting in Australia now available
 
Environmental accounting course
 
The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network Transforming Australian ecosystem science
 
Seasonal calendars document Indigenous knowledge
 
Better biodiversity decision-making
 
A new way to discover and access environmental data
 
Locate14 Conference
 
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Recent publications

The Department of Agriculture, through the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences has recently released the Australian ground cover reference sites database including the data and supporting documentation.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Environmental account framing workbook guides users through the process of framing an environmental account.

The book Biodiversity and environmental change monitoring, challenges and direction discusses the value of existing national long-term ecological research in Australia for monitoring environmental change and biodiversity.

The Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO’s joint report, State of the Climate 2014 provides a summary of observations of Australia’s climate and analysis of the factors that influence it.

Geoscience Australia has released the Atlas of Seismic Hazard Maps of Australia

The Department of the Environment’s Australia's Abatement Task and 2013 Emissions Projectionspresents emissions projections based on economic and emissions modelling, and explains how Australia’s abatement requirements have changed since 2012.
 

Upcoming events

Locate 14 conference and exhibition (Canberra, 7–9 April 2014)
Science at the Shine Dome (Canberra, 27–29 May 2014)
Atlas of Living Australia Science Symposium (Canberra, 11–12 June 2014)
Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2014 (Newcastle, 7–10 July 2014)
Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia 2014 (Alice Springs, 28 September–3 October 2014)
ForestSAT 2014 (Riva del Garda, Italy, 4–7 November 2014)
 

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Marine Water Quality Dashboard

 
 
Screenshot of the Marine Water Quality Dashboard showing median chlorophyll-a concentrationThe Bureau’s Marine Water Quality Dashboard is a new tool to access and visualise a range of water quality indicators for the Great Barrier Reef. It is the first product delivered from the eReefs project and is part of the broader National Plan for Environmental Information initiative.
 
 
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Collaborative Australian Protected Area Database 2012 data release

 
 
Photo of Australia's largest protected area, the Southern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area (Tanami desert track), NT. Source: Wikimedia Commons.Did you know the Southern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area is Australia’s largest at over 10.1 million hectares? This information and more can be found on the Collaborative Australian Protected Areas Database (CAPAD).
 
 
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Guide to environmental accounting in Australia now available

 
 
Front cover of the Guide to environmental accounting in AustraliaEnvironmental accounting allows us to factor Australia’s unique natural estate and its immense contribution to our well-being into policy and decision-making. The Guide to environmental accounting in Australia (the Guide) describes the environmental accounting process and pathways for implementation.
 
 
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Environmental accounting course

 
 
Thumbnail photo of course attendants in the field measuring ecosystem condition with Dr. Phil Gibbons, ANU.An intensive, introductory course on environmental accounting was successfully run by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra in December 2013. A joint initiative between a statistical office and academic institution, the course was the first of its type for environmental accounting in Australia.
 
 
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The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network Transforming Australian ecosystem science

 
 
Mr Phil Wilkes and Dr Lola Suarez (RMIT) at the Litchfield Savanna Supersite (NT), calibrating and validating remote-sensing products.  Photograph by TERN.To answer the big ecosystem science questions and address management challenges, Australia requires collaboration across disciplines and nationally networked research and data infrastructure. Research results need to be translated and communicated to be most relevant.
 
 
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Seasonal calendars document Indigenous knowledge

 
 
Nyaadi a bulb used in an Indigenous ceremony to make fish grow all year round. Photograph by Emma Woodward, CSIRO.In the first study of its kind in Australia, researchers worked closely with Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and Western Australia to understand their values and record their knowledge of freshwater ecosystems.
 
 
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Better biodiversity decision-making

 
 
Logo of National Environmental Research ProgramAn evaluation of the National Environmental Research Program (NERP) has found that Australian environmental decision-makers are now better positioned to improve the delivery of their core business operations. This is due to the direct pathways created between policy makers and researchers through NERP.
 
 
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A new way to discover and access environmental data

 
 
Front cover of NEII reference architectureThe National Environmental Information Infrastructure (NEII) Reference Architecture consultation draft, published in December 2013, is a technical blueprint for NEII functionality. 
The draft Reference Architecture provides technical direction so organisations can align their technology and related capabilities to streamline discovery and access to environmental information. The primary audience for this document and the NEII are Government agencies that produce or use environmental information.
 
 
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Locate14 Conference

 
 
Logo of Locate 14 ConferenceThe Locate14 Conference and Exhibition combines three previous national events - the spatial@gov Conference, the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Conference and the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards. The Exhibition Open Day is on 7 April and the conference runs from 8–9 April at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. 
 
 
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Contribute to eXchange

 
  eXchange focuses on environmental information news and events relevant to the Australian Government. Articles cover new or proposed products and services, major events and related initiatives, recent publications and data releases or updates. To communicate your work using eXchange please email environment@bom.gov.au.  
     
 
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  Find out about initiatives occuring in other agencies.

Sign up to the Wealth from our Oceans e-newsletter to receive the latest news on CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Flagship and its collaborations.

Volunteers from the Atlas of Living Australia’s Biodiversity Volunteer Portal have captured data for over 600 Australian species and carried out more than 68 000 transcriptions to digitise biodiversity information.

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre was launched in December 2013. It will draw authorities and experts together to explore the causes, consequences and mitigation of natural disasters.

The Bureau of Meteorology has collaborated with the UK's Met Office to provide an online weather community where Australians can share weather observations, information and photos. Check out the Weather Observations Website (WOW).

Watch the eReefs video to learn more about this collaborative project.

The release of the Bureau’s annual National Water Account has begun, just months after the release of the final 2012 reports. The first round of 2013 reports for the Canberra, Daly, Ord and Perth regions are now available online. Improvements to processes and systems and the ongoing support of partners will ensure that the release of the 2013 Account will be complete around 12 months after the reporting period ended on 30 June 2013.

Do you have any additions for the Environmental information products and services directory? Contact environment@bom.gov.au to include links to your Australian Government activities.

The data.gov.au team, in collaboration with Geoscience Australia and the Spatial Policy Branch in the Department of Communications, have added over 2,500 datasets to data.gov.au

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