Working with the Australian Government

Assisting in the delivery of Australian Government Portfolio Budget Statements

Geoscience Australia can assist Australian Government departments to meet their portfolio outcomes by providing spatial information and specialist advice. We can tailor these services to departments' needs, as per the examples below.

Border protection

Geoscience Australia and the Border Protection Command (BPC) recently collaborated on a trial to assess the viability of monitoring 8.15 million square kilometres of the nation's vast Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) using remote sensing satellites. In 2007 the BPC signed a contract for the provision and processing of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data. Geoscience Australia overcame problems with the satellite's onboard recorder by down linking data from the satellite when it was within view of our ground stations at Alice Springs and Hobart. We then processed the data before delivering the images. Ultimately, the total time from detection to delivery of ship reports in Canberra was reduced to less than two hours. Between November 2007 and March 2008 our systems were responsible for the delivery of more than 1100 ship detection reports to the BPC. For the full article please see AUSGEO News - Safeguarding Australia's Borders.

Carbon accounting

The Department of Climate Change uses satellite imagery provided by Geoscience Australia for the world class National Carbon Accounting System (NCAS), that monitors land based sources and sinks of greenhouse gases over Australia. The program seeks to account for current greenhouse gas emissions, forecast future emissions and provide up to date reporting for international climate agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, for the Australian Government. A by-product of this collaboration is the Landsat Continental Mosaic Product Suite, available from Geoscience Australia.

Land cover mapping

Land cover map of the Gwydir catchment based on the land cover dynamics between 2000 and 2008.

Land cover map of the Gwydir catchment
based on the land cover dynamics
between 2000 and 2008.
© Geoscience Australia

Geoscience Australia is developing a land cover mapping system to characterise changes associated with climate change, water use, land clearing, fire frequency, cropping practices and other national resource management issues. This methodology creates a baseline that allows environmental comparison over the long and short term. The aim of this methodology is to provide a national scale dynamic map product that is updated every time a new satellite image is acquired.

To discuss how Geoscience Australia can help you with your project, contact Earth Observation Client Services.

Topic contact: Last updated: October 27, 2011