AGCC 2018

Portrait photograph of Geoscience Australia's Chief Executive Officer, Dr James Johnson

CEO address

I am proud that Geoscience Australia is the Patron Sponsor of the inaugural Australian Geoscience Council Convention, AGCC 2018 which is focusing on Big Issues and Ideas of Geoscience. It is the coming together of the geoscience community in all its diversity from across Australia and internationally that inspired me to come on board as the Patron Sponsor of the convention.

Australia is faced with a number of challenges that I strongly believe the geoscience community, include Geoscience Australia, can help address. From enabling the Australian energy sector to improve efficiency, reduce emission and diversify; building Australia's capacity to respond to environmental change; supporting the exploration of traditional and emerging mineral, energy and water resources; to providing the positioning accuracy required to support transforming transport and food sectors.

The geoscientific community is increasingly being called to integrate observations and knowledge from across disciplines, including geology, geophysics, hydrogeology, geography, geodesy, Earth observation and geohazards. Applying this integrated thinking to better understand how Earth surface and below-surface systems interconnect and change over time leads to innovative applications and solutions to Australia's most important challenges.

The Convention provides an opportunity for attendees from various Geoscience societies and disciplines to come together, share ideas and build new partnerships. I think it's particularly important for the geoscience community to develop a stronger, common voice to recognize and celebrate our sectors achievements and promote the value of geoscience to society more broadly. It is through progress in this dimension that the geosciences will gain influence.

I wish all attendees an enjoyable and rewarding AGCC 2018.

Dr James Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, Geoscience Australia

Secrets beneath the Great Artesian Basin uncovered

18 October 2018

A five-year project spanning approximately 135,000 square kilometres across New South Wales and Queensland has delved beneath the Great Artesian Basin to learn more about the geological development of eastern Australia.

Where the Earth shakes in Australia

17 October 2018

Communities in the Wheatbelt in Western Australia, Gippsland in Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory are more likely to experience earthquake ground shaking than other parts of the country according to latest update to the National Seismic Hazard Assessment (NSHA) for Australia.

Innovative government geoscience to drive new discoveries

16 October 2018

Exploring for the Future significantly increasing the exploration potential of northern Australia.

New satellite data peels Australia's landscape bare

15 October 2018

Geoscience Australia has stripped Australia's landscape bare through the first continent-scale, cloud-free spatial views of Australia's soil and rock cover.


Southern Thomson Project

Landsat-8 Barest Earth

Multi-Scale Topographic Position Index

Weathering Intensity Index


National Seismic Hazard Assessment

Technical Posters

A machine learning approach to national scale geochemical predictive maps [PDF 5.8MB]

Addressing Diversity at Geoscience Australia: Our Commitment to Gender Equity Through SAGE [PDF 737KB]

Australian earthquakes 1964-2018 [PDF 6.1MB]

Breathing new life into old collections: Revitalising Geoscience Australia's microscope slide-based collections [PDF 1.6MB]

Characterising the phenology of irrigated crops using Landsat and Sentinel 2 [PDF 1.2MB]

Geochemistry of organic rich shales in the Roper and Isa Superbasins of northern Australia [PDF 1.7MB]

Gender Equity Network at Geoscience Australia (GENGA) [PDF 2.1MB]

Hacking the National Mineral, Gemstone & Fossil Collection [PDF 2.5MB]

Hypothesis testing earth observation time series to detect vegetation change [PDF 1.4MB]

Investigating aquifer compartmentalisation in the Daly River Basin, Northern Territory [PDF 2.2MB]

Mapping Deep Electrical Conductivity Structure in the Mt Isa Region, Northern Australia [PDF 5.2MB]

Marine Sampling Field Manuals for Benthic Monitoring [PDF 17.2MB]

New ways to engage with Australian Stratigraphy [PDF 1.2MB]

Online opals, mobile meteorites, and virtual visits: Using Google Arts & Culture to share Geoscience Australia's collections with the world [PDF 1.6MB]

Progress towards deep coring of the Lord Howe Rise, northern Zealandia: A guide to the future of IODP riser drilling [PDF 2.2MB]

Provenance and structure of the Yancannia Formation, southern Thomson Orogen: Implications for the tectono-stratigraphic evolution of the Cambro-Ordovician western Tasmanides [PDF 6.1MB]

Unravelling the pre-1860-1850 Ma 'basement' history of the Mount Isa Inlierr [PDF 10.1MB]

Water in the landscape: Characterising wetlands and groundwater dependent ecosystems in Australia's north using Digital Earth Australia [PDF 1.1MB]