New information on water resources

10 November 2010


The Geofabric dataset provides details 
information on Australia's waterways. Image courtesy of N.Tuteja, Bureau
 of Meteorology.

The Geofabric dataset provides
detailed information on
Australia's waterways.
Image courtesy of: N.Tuteja,
Bureau of Meteorology.

Water users, administrators and researchers will be able to obtain a greater understanding of Australia's water resources through a new database designed to show the location of water in the landscape and its flow patterns.

It is the Australian Hydrological Geospatial Fabric, or Geofabric, which is a specialised geographic information system that identifies the spatial relationships of important hydrological features.

The Geofabric project which will evolve in phases over the next ten years, is a major collaborative venture between the Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia, the Australian National University and CSIRO Land and Water.

The Geofabric provides an extra dimension to technical specialists in natural resource management, water utilities, water science and research, government and the community to analyse, model and map water behaviour through a comprehensive spatial view of hydrological data in Australia.

The database allows its users to model how water flows through a particular catchment and analyse, or visualise, the interactions of specific features of interest such as wetlands and the impacts of land use further up the catchment.

To date, around two million stream reaches or segments have been mapped, along with a defined catchment for each segment to provide a single representation of Australia's rivers, lakes, dams and catchments and the relationships between them.

With version one of the Geofabric publicly available, work has begun on further enhancements, including improving the current national scale to a regional scale and the incorporation of monitoring points, groundwater data and updated farm dam locations.

The database will allow its users to model how water flows through a particular catchment and analyse, or visualise the interactions of specific features of interest such as wetlands and the and the impacts of land use further up the catchment.

Further information is available from the Bureau of Meteorology Geofabric website.

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