Navigation Links
Scientists and Google to keep an eye on environment
Date:11/6/2012

Detailed satellite imagery about Australian landscapes will soon be only a button push away for land managers in community and non-profit sectors thanks to a partnership between Australian scientists and Google, announced this week.

According to CSIRO Principal Research Scientist Dr Alex Held, Director of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network's (TERN) AusCover facility, the partnership aims to provide greater access to and international reach of Australian science.

"CSIRO and TERN researchers will be able to use Google's enormous cloud computing power to contribute their expertise and environmental data to deliver easy to use maps and tools for millions of users world-wide," he said.

One of the tools to be made available in Google's Earth Engine will be a vegetation monitoring tool. It will enable land managers to see if vegetation is in a healthy condition or being impacted by things like pests, diseases, fire or feral animals.

"The health of our landscapes is vital to addressing key challenges such as food security, biodiversity conservation and agricultural productivity," said Dr Held.

"For land managers to manage landscapes effectively, they need to be able to monitor, measure and understand changes.

"For decades Australian researchers have been refining the use of satellites for observing the earth and have combined this with expert field data and environmental models to contribute to landscape management.

"Similar vegetation mapping tools and satellite data are already in use, for example by the Australian forestry industry, and now through this partnership with Google we can make them more widely available to non-profit and community groups world-wide.

"This really is about making people's jobs easier as they can access and process data in a matter of minutes to pinpoint potential issues and figure out the best action to take to investigate and respond without having to spend time and money with random surveys of huge tracts of land," said Dr Held.

The first of the new data tools are being tested in Google Earth Engine and are due out early next year. Combined with data already freely available via CSIRO and the TERN data portal, over the coming months and years, Google Earth Engine will provide unprecedented capability in use of satellite observations for all sorts of environmental management, conservation and landscape science projects.

"We're excited about this partnership with the researchers at CSIRO and TERN, who are operating at the cutting edge of environmental science," said Rebecca Moore, Engineering Manager for Google Earth Engine.

"Earth Engine now makes available to them more than 40 years of global satellite imagery, updating daily, along with a framework to run their tools and methods on thousands of computers in Google's data centres.

"We look forward to turbo-charging Australian science for the benefit of people around the world," she said.


'/>"/>

Contact: Claire Harris
Claire.Harris@csiro.au
61-262-464-012
CSIRO Australia
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Scientists identify insect-repelling compounds in Jatropha
2. UCSB scientists report new beginning in split-brain research, using new analytical tools
3. Berkeley Lab scientists help develop promising therapy for Huntingtons disease
4. UC Santa Barbara scientists learn how to unlock the destiny of a cell: A gift for the tin man?
5. Career Planning for Research Bioscientists
6. Scientists find aphid resistance in black raspberry
7. Scientists unravel resistance to breast cancer treatment
8. Stanford scientists build the first all-carbon solar cell
9. Gladstone, Stanford scientists block toxic protein that plays key role in Lou Gehrigs disease
10. Scientists deepen genetic understanding of MS
11. Whitehead scientists identify major flaw in standard approach to global gene expression analysis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Scientists and Google to keep an eye on environment
(Date:7/20/2017)... Delta (NYSE: DAL ) customers now can use ... Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). ... Delta launches biometrics to board aircraft at Reagan Washington ... Delta,s biometric boarding pass experience that ... integrated into the boarding process to allow eligible Delta SkyMiles Members who ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... , May 23, 2017  Hunova, the first robotic gym for the ... been officially launched in Genoa, Italy . The first ... and the USA . The technology was developed ... market by the IIT spin-off Movendo Technology thanks to a 10 million ... News Release, please click: ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... WASHINGTON , April 24, 2017 ... counsel and partner with  Identity Strategy Partners, LLP ... "With or without President Trump,s March 6, ... Foreign Terrorist Entry , refugee vetting can be instilled ... refugee resettlement. (Right now, all refugee applications are ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/9/2017)... , ... October 09, 2017 , ... At its national ... Christopher Stubbs, a professor in Harvard University’s Departments of Physics and Astronomy, has been ... a member of the winning team for the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental physics ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... ... October 06, 2017 , ... ... consulting for microscopy and surface analysis, Nanoscience Instruments is now expanding into ... a broad range of contract analysis services for advanced applications. Services will ...
(Date:10/6/2017)... ... October 06, 2017 , ... The HealthTech Venture Network ... at their fourth annual Conference where founders, investors, innovative practitioners and collaborators are ... pitch competition showcasing early stage digital health and med tech companies. , This ...
(Date:10/5/2017)... ... 05, 2017 , ... Understanding the microbiome, the millions of bacteria that live ... You Are My Future, the newest exhibit on display at the University City Science ... condition through the lens of the gut microbiome. , Gut Love opens October ...
Breaking Biology Technology: