Capabilities

Partnerships and ground infrastructure - for assurance of continuous data availability

  • Geoscience Australia is an active contributor to international bodies that coordinate the acquisition and use of Earth observation data. Geoscience Australia is an associate member of the international Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), and is Australia‚Äôs principal representative to the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observation.
  • Geoscience Australia operates a ground station in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, to downlink data directly from the Landsat 7, Landsat 8, NOAA, TERRA, AQUA, and Suomi NPP satellites on a daily basis. Recent infrastructure refurbishments have now enabled Geoscience Australia to monitor and report on satellite health back to mission control, which it currently does for Landsat 8.
  • Partnerships with international operators of EOS satellite programmes, including the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the European Commission and European Space Agency, also grant Geoscience Australia online access to historical data archives, the most recent acquisitions, as well as input to future acquisition scheduling.
  • The data is stored by Geoscience Australia in a national archive and is utilised in production of current and next generation EOS products.

Computational Infrastructure - for efficient data management and processing

Science Expertise - for maximum utilisation of Earth Observation resources

  • Highly skilled and experienced scientific and technical staff allows Geoscience Australia to participate in a wide range of environmental analysis projects, collaborate on spatial policy and capability development with a wide range of partners, including the United States Geological Survey, Australian Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO and many others.

Emergency Response - for enhancing safety of the Australian community