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Mapping Australia’s surface water from space
 
National Water Account 2013 shows increased pressure on water resources
 
Putting land use on the map
 
Great Barrier Reef catchment changes
 
Powerful new tool for assessing spatial information
 
Species of national environmental significance
 
The human dimension of natural resources
 
Climate change projections by regions
 
National Plan for Environmental Information initiative update
 
Snapshots
 
 

Recent publications

Australian Environmental-Economic Accounts 2014 brings all ABS environmental accounts information together to deliver a cohesive picture of the environmental stocks and flows of relevance to Australia’s economy and society.

Australia’s State of the Forests Report 2013 is the fourth national report on the status of Australia’s forests. It is a comprehensive source of information on Australia's forests, their management, use and conservation, and how they are changing.

Biodiversity: Science and Solutions for Australia provides the latest scientific knowledge on Australia’s biodiversity. It describes the unique features of Australia’s species and focuses on solutions for the future.

Developed collaboratively, the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan is the first national strategy for ecosystem science, to underpin Australia’s future growth, sustainability and prosperity.

Ground cover monitoring for Australia: final report July 2012 – June 2013 discusses the achievements and outputs of the Department of Agriculture funded collaborative project to monitor ground cover for Australia using remote sensing.

The TERN NCRIS final report Transforming Australian Ecosystem Science outlines over four years of activities and commitments enabling an effective terrestrial ecosystem science research network for Australia.
 

Spatial data releases

Catchment Scale Land Use of Australia – Update March 2014 is the most current national compilation of catchment scale land use data.

FIND is the Australian Government’s spatial data catalogue. Users can search and download a wide range of spatially-referenced datasets created by both the Australian and State and Territory governments.

National datasets used in Australia’s State of the Forests Report 2013 are now available—including Forests of Australia 2013, Tenure of Australia's Forests 2013, and Australia's Indigenous forest estate 2013.

The TERN e-newsletter provides monthly data updates, highlighting new and existing datasets. The June data update features datasets that have recently been published by TERN's Long Term Ecological Research Network.
 

Upcoming events

Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council and Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC 2014 Conference (Wellington, 2–5 September 2014)

Riversymposium (Canberra, 15–18 September 2014)

OzFlux Meeting and Conference 2014 (Alice Springs, 29 September – 1 October 2014)

Climate Adaptation 2014: Future Challenges (Gold Coast, 30 September – 2 October 2014)

Coast to Coast Conference 2014 (Mandurah, 27–31 October 2014)

eResearch Australasia 2014 (Melbourne, 27–31 October 2014)

International Union for Conservation of Nature World Parks Congress (Sydney, 12–19 November 2014)
 

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Are you involved in generating, maintaining or using environmental information? To tell eXchange readers about your work, email environment@bom.gov.au
 

Privacy information

Please take this opportunity to learn about important changes to the Privacy Act 1988 which commenced earlier this year. The Bureau's privacy collection notice describes how we manage your personal information.
 

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Mapping Australia’s surface water from space

 
 
Water Observations from Space product showing the Menindee Lakes area in the Darling River system.Water Observations from Space provides a continent-wide picture of Australian surface water. It helps users better understand where and how frequently water occurs in the landscape. The observations are derived from Geoscience Australia’s national Landsat-5 and Landsat-7 satellite imagery archives.
 
 
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National Water Account 2013 shows increased pressure on water resources

 
 
Front cover of the National Water Account 2013 Summary.Drier conditions in 2012–13 contributed to reduced inflows to water storages and higher water use across much of Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s National Water Account 2013.

Total water use across the nine nationally significant water management regions covered in the Account increased by 35 per cent in 2012–13 compared with the previous year.
 
 
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Putting land use on the map

 
 
Map of catchment scale land use of Australia, March 2014.The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) recently released an update of its catchment scale land use data. Delivered in collaboration with State and Territory agencies and supported by the Department of Agriculture, these data record the dominant land use for a given area, classified according to the nationally agreed Australian Land Use and Management Classification Version 7.
 
 
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Great Barrier Reef catchment changes

 
 
Natural Resource Management regions adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef.The Australian Bureau of Statistics has recently released a land account to present changes in land use, cover and value over time. It shows changes in the five Natural Resource Management regions adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef, covering a total of 38.5 million hectares.
 
 
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Powerful new tool for assessing spatial information

 
 
MCAS-S imageThe Multi-Criteria Analysis Shell for Spatial decision support, known as MCAS-S, is a software package that allows complex spatial information to be more readily understood and incorporated into decision-making.
 
 
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Species of national environmental significance

 
 
Species of National Environmental Significance summary map.Natural resource managers often ask the Department of the Environment for information on the distribution of threatened and migratory species.

Since 1999 the Department has worked with Commonwealth, State and Territory agencies, herbaria, museums, researchers and non-government organisations to collate species observation data. 
 
 
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The human dimension of natural resources

 
 
Face-to-face surveying was one of the methods used to collect data in the Great Barrier Reef region.A social and economic dataset of national significance will soon be available on the e-Atlas website, based on research in the Great Barrier Reef region.

The dataset will offer substantial insights into the human dimension of any natural resource system.
 
 
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Climate change projections by regions

 
  Map of the eight NRM clusters for which climate projections have been developed.CSIRO, in collaboration with the Bureau of Meteorology and with funding from the Department of the Environment, has developed new regional climate change projections for Australia.  
 
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National Plan for Environmental Information initiative update

 
 
Thumbnail image of a male Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens). Photograph by David Kleinert.Jointly implemented by the Bureau of Meteorology and the Department of the Environment, the National Plan for Environmental Information initiative is an Australian Government programme to improve the quality and accessibility of environmental information. What’s been happening lately at the Bureau?
 
 
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Snapshots

 
 
Search for flood maps and studies in the new Australian Flood Risk Information Portal from Geoscience Australia.

Like the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) on Facebook or subscribe to receive the monthly TERN e-newsletter.

The Maung Seasonal Calendar was released in May 2014, during National Reconciliation Week—the tenth seasonal calendar to be hosted on the Bureau of Meteorology’s website as part of its Indigenous Weather Knowledge project.

Subscribe to the Department of the Environment’s Communities for communities—a newsletter about threatened ecological communities nominated for listing under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

DustWatch is a community program that monitors and reports on the extent and severity of wind erosion across Australia.

Subscribe to the Northern Biodiversity News for the latest information on the National Environmental Research Program (Northern Australia Hub).

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