October 2007

31 October 2007

Carbon dioxide storage expert honoured

When former US Vice President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize recently, it was accepted on behalf of thousands of the World's scientists who had contributed over the past two decades to the science of climate change and mitigation options.

L to R - Dr Stefan Bachu, Canadian delegation of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum; Dr Joa Macelo Ketzer, CSLF delegation for Brazil; and Dr John Bradshaw (Image copyright Geoscience Australia 2007)

The joint award was made for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

The IPCC notified all authors, review editors and support staff of the IPCC publications, including the Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage, that they were also considered recipients of the award, making each of them a Nobel laureate.

Among them is Dr John Bradshaw from Geoscience Australia who was a lead author on chapters about the geological storage and sources of CO2 for the IPCC Special Report. He has also contributed in support of the report's findings to meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

In Brazil providing training in a Capacity Building Workshop for Emerging Economies at a Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum when advised of his Nobel laureate, Dr Bradshaw said the enthusiasm shown for him and fellow laureate, Dr Stefan Bachu from Canada, was very emotional and extremely humbling.

Dr Bradshaw said it was an added privilege to share with Dr Bachu a standing ovation from the conference participants for the contribution they made to geological storage of carbon dioxide before, during and after the IPCC Special Report.

He also said there were armies of people who contributed to place him in the position to deliver the message on geological storage of carbon dioxide through numerous publications and ultimately the IPCC special report.

"It's not just the hundreds of scientists with their names attached on the reports who deserve honouring," Dr Bradshaw said. "There are probably many tens-of-thousands of people around the globe who were involved in the eventual IPCC reports, and rightly should share in some part of the award and the recognition."

The Secretary of the IPCC, Renate Christ, described the award as the most significant recognition that the IPCC has received for providing policymakers with objective and balanced information about the causes and impacts of climate change and possible response measures. He said the voluntary network of thousands of scientists and experts is what makes the IPCC truly unique.

For further information please visit the Nobel Awards page.

31 October 2007

MapConnect wins ESRI 2007 Web GIS award

ESRI Web GIS Challenge Award 2007 (Image copyright Geoscience Australia 2007)

Geoscience Australia's internet mapping facility, MapConnect, has won the ESRI Australia Web GIS Challenge for 2007.

Voted on by the Australian GIS community, MapConnect was judged as having the best mapping website in the country in terms of innovation, ease of use, clarity of information, functionality and overall look.

MapConnect utilises Geoscience Australia's 1:250 000 scale topographic GEODATA and enables users to customise and download their chosen map.

MapConnect continues to grow with more data in a variety of scales, themes and functionality to be added, and over 1700 unique users exploring the service each month.

Read the ESRI media release.

19 October 2007

International Year of Planet Earth 2008

International Year of Planet Earth student contest closing soon

Australia's National Committee for International Year of Planet Earth is seeking two students to represent Australia at the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) global launch. The launch will be held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on the 12th and 13th February 2008.

Students aged 18-27 are invited to participate in the Australian IYPE student contest [PDF 37KB] by submitting an original piece of work relating to "Earth Science for Society", or one of their 10 IYPE themes.

Two Australian winners will be chosen and flown to Paris for the global launch. Plenary discussions will be lead by top international scientists, industry CEOs and politicians.

Entries close 3 December 2007.

15 October 2007

Earth Science Week 2007 winners announced

Earth Science Week 2007 - Senior Gold winners Winners gathered at Geoscience Australia for the official screening and award ceremony of the inaugural Geologi short film competition to launch Earth Science Week 2007 celebrations.

Over 200 students produced and submitted 56 films in the first national Geologi short film competition for Earth Science Week 2007. The competition was hosted by Geoscience Australia and sponsored by the National Geographic Channel Website - Australia.

The winners of the Geologi 2007 short film festival are:

  • Gold - Junior Division
    Presbyterian Ladies College, Western Australia
  • Silver - Junior Division
    Kyneton Secondary College, Victoria
  • Gold - Senior Division
    St John Bosco College, New South Wales
  • Silver - Senior Division
    Marden Senior College & Norwood Morialta High School, South Australia

Earth Science Week 2007 is celebrating its tenth year with the theme "the Pulse of Earth Science", to highlight the state of Earth Science around the world, the significant contribution the Earth Sciences make to the world we live in, and the diversity of career opportunities for Earth Science graduates. Earth Science Week events are taking place around Australia from October 14-20.

12 October 2007

Thinking spatially has its rewards

Ian O'Donnell receiving the award on behalf of the ICSM

As part of the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM), Geoscience Australia has received a Spatial Strategy award at the 2007 Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards.

These awards celebrate the achievements of top spatial information enterprises and showcase the finest projects that the Victorian Spatial Industry has to offer. Projects attaining recognition at this premier event are deemed to be truly outstanding achievers in their field.

The ICSM, with partners Spatial Vision, were awarded for their report on All-Hazards Map Symbology. The report identifies the gap analysis of the symbols used by Emergency Services within Australia and New Zealand.

This report is part of an approach to establish an Australasian All-Hazards Symbol library, and is the result of a review undertaken by Spatial Vision in 2006-07. The review was fully funded by ICSM.

The Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping was established by the Prime Minister, State Premiers, and the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory in 1988.

11 October 2007

New geodata layers for satellite imagery

Geoscience Australia's popular GEODATA TOPO 250K Series 3 topographic vector data is now available for general use without the need for expensive or sophisticated Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

(Click for larger image) Section of Geodata for Bunbury, WA, overlain on Google Earth™ (image copyright Geoscience Australia 2007)

GEODATA TOPO 250K Series 3 for Google Earth is 1:250 000 scale data that uses the Google Earth™ Mapping Service platform where data is displayed over the existing satellite imagery using Google Earth's own viewer. The data is cut into tiles to facilitate quick and efficient display and arranged in nine main themes - elevation, framework, habitation, hydrography, infrastructure, terrain, transport, utility and vegetation.

Because no background in mapping or GIS is required to use Google Earth™, presenting the GEODATA through the mapping service with a satellite image backdrop marks an exciting development that has great potential to broaden the use and appeal of this data, making it even more accessible to users.

GEODATA TOPO 250K Series 3 for Google Earth is available on DVD ROM from the Geoscience Australia Sales Centre and select map retailers.

16 November 2007

Have you felt an earthquake?

You could assist Australia's earthquake research by telling us if you have felt an earthquake.

Locating earthquakes on paper maps Geoscience Australia monitors earthquakes 24/7. It has over 39 research stations, known as seismic stations, scattered around Australia that detect movements of the Earth. All data is transmitted from these locations to the central office in Canberra, where seismologists (earthquake scientists) determine the location, magnitude and depth of the earthquake.

Although Geoscience Australia's monitoring system can determine the location, magnitude and time of an earthquake, information from community members will provide valuable information about what it "felt" like.

The simple online earthquake report form gathers information about the intensity of an earthquake. It includes a series of questions to find out information about shaking windows, loud noises or any immediate building damage. This information will assist seismologists in gaining a greater understanding of this naturally occurring Earth process.

Geoscience Australia's website also provides information about earthquakes, as well as a list of the latest earthquakes.

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