Explore Australia's marine environment without getting your feet wet

16 June 2006

An innovative spatial mapping program that explores Australia's vast marine environment and resources is now easily accessed online.

Launching the Australian Marine Spatial Information System (AMSIS), the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Resources, the Hon Bob Baldwin MP, said the new web-based mapping tool would assist in the understanding, management and exploration of Australia's marine world.

Screen image of Cape York Penninsula showing marine data from AMSIS.

"This innovative spatial mapping tool integrates Australia's marine interests and knowledge into one resource that is easily accessible. The program has a number of specialised features which you can use to map and explore Australia's marine environment without leaving your home or office," said Mr Baldwin.

AMSIS is an easy to use interactive management tool, encompassing Australia’s marine interests, environment and uses. The online program delivers over 80 layers of interactive information which the user can choose from to create personalised maps to either answer specific questions or to gain a holistic understanding of Australia's marine attributes.

Geoscience Australia and numerous Australian Government and private agencies contributed to AMSIS, creating a diverse and comprehensive resource tool. Through AMSIS, users can access a wealth of marine data including jurisdictional boundaries, petroleum leases, shipping tracks, known offshore minerals, Commonwealth fisheries, World heritage listed areas and offshore infrastructure.

AMSIS is one of many projects contributing to the Federal Government initiatives of providing long term sustainability of Australia's marine environment and resources.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013