About the Earth Observation Sector

These documents provide an insight into the recent past and the future of Earth Observations from Space in Australia. This is achieved through reviewing policy, strategy and economic impacts of the sector.

Lost in Space? Setting a new direction for Australia's space science and industry sector
2008 Senate Standing Committee on Economics review Lost in Space? Setting a new direction for Australia's space science and industry sector which explored many issues within the ‘Looking down’ community.

An Australian Strategic Plan for Earth Observations from Space
2009 Australian Strategic Plan for Earth Observations from Space from the Australian Academy of Science and Technological Sciences and Engineering (AAS-ATSE) which outlined the key issues and recommended a plan of action for the Earth Observations from Space community.

The Economic Value of Earth Observation From Space
2010 ACIL Tasman report The Economic Value of Earth Observation From Space which described the value of Earth Observations from Space to Australia and the cost of inaction.

Continuity of Earth Observation Data for Australia – Operational Requirements to 2015 for Lands, Coasts and Oceans
2011 Geoscience Australia publication Continuity of Earth Observation Data for Australia – Operational Requirements to 2015 for Lands, Coasts and Oceans reviews Australia’s current access to Earth Observation, future data requirements, data continuity plans and barriers to accessing Earth Observation data in the future.

Topic contact: earth.observation@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 26, 2011