Our natural environment is under increasing pressure from factors such as climate change, over-exploitation and competing demands. Sustainable management of our natural resources is of major importance to governments, industries and communities. In order to be effectively, efficiently and equitably manage these resources, accurate, defensible data and information will be vital.
We live in an age where our ability to collect and process data is improving exponentially. Environmental data are increasingly available through the introduction of new technologies (remote sensing, cheap in field sensors) and through government and non-government initiatives such us Open Data and Citizen Science. Decision makers, managers and researchers wanting answers to questions for environmental sustainability or management need to be able to discover, access and use this information. The Environmental Informatics Group helps them do this.
We aim to leverage opportunities from the digital revolution to enable improved and sustainable management of natural resources by addressing challenges across the entire information supply chain, including social, technical and informational aspects.
We envisage a world where:
Our mission is to partner with organisations to design, develop and apply tools and methods for the efficient discovery, access, generation, integration and delivery of data and information needed to understand and sustainably manage our environmental resources.
We have expertise in the following areas:
Members of the Group have been involved in environmental informatics for over 20 years. We are well connected across CSIRO (Oceans and Atmosphere, Minerals, Data61, IM&T), nationally (Commonwealth and state government agencies e.g. the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy,) and internationally (e.g. the Open Geospatial Consortium, the World Wide Web Consortium and Earth Science Information Partners).