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CeRDI’s eResearch in the Natural Environment collaborative research program spans a range of areas, including groundwater, soil health, water and estuary health, natural resource management planning and biodiversity, reflective of the multidisciplinary nature of CeRDI research as well as long-term collaborative research relationships with a diverse range of industry and government partners.


PROJECTS

Visualising Victoria’s Groundwater

Visualising Victoria’s Groundwater

Visualising Victoria’s Groundwater (VVG) provides online access to information about groundwater for the State of Victoria. VVG consolidates data from over 400,000 bores from four authoritative sources, together with Victorian aquifer information, hydrogeological models, historical records and maps. VVG includes 2D and 3D visualisations of Victoria’s aquifers and provides information on relevant geological features, the depth of groundwater resources and groundwater quality. VVG received the 2013 Victorian iAward, Regional category and was a merit recipient at the 2013 National iAwards. Continue reading...

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Natural Resource Management Planning

Natural Resource Management Planning

The Corangamite Natural Resource Management Planning Portal (NRM Planning Portal) is an innovative approach to collaborative, integrated catchment management by providing the tools and information for communities and agencies to identify joint priorities for catchment management. The NRM Planning Portal enables information, knowledge and environmental datasets to be shared, allowing participants to exchange insights about land management in a collaborative online environment. Continue reading...
 

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Corangamite Soil Health Knowledge Base

Corangamite Soil Health Knowledge Base

The Corangamite Soil Health Knowledge Base is a repository of soil health information for the Corangamite region of Victoria. It assists land managers and other stakeholders to implement catchment management plans across the region. The Knowledge Base was developed in collaboration with Corangamite CMA and was awarded the 2015 Victorian Spatial Excellence Award and the 2015 Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Award, Environment and Sustainability category. Continue reading...
 

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Waterwatch and EstuaryWatch

Waterwatch and EstuaryWatch

Recently redeveloped by CeRDI, the Waterwatch and EstuaryWatch portals are companion sites supporting two significant citizen science programs that monitor the health of Victorian waterways and estuaries. The portals provide essential resources for all members to access current information and data, as well as providing the public full access to data and knowledge generated by the programs. Continue reading...

 

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The State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams

The State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams

The State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams (SWIFFT) is an initiative to advance citizen science by facilitating awareness and the sharing of knowledge in relation to biodiversity conservation and threatened species for Victoria..Continue reading...

 

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Visualising Victoria’s Biodiversity

Visualising Victoria’s Biodiversity

Visualising Victoria’s Biodiversity (VVB) is an online portal that provides the Victorian community with access to a wide range of spatial information on Victoria's environmental values, conservation activities and research. The portal federates and visualises environmental data from national, state, regional and local sources in an interactive spatial interface. It also offers the opportunity for the community to contribute information and exchange locally relevant data and knowledge. VVB is a partner site to the SWIFFT (State-wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams) initiative..Continue reading...

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South Australia (SA) Tree Watch

South Australia (SA) Tree Watch

The SA Tree Watch project aims to collect spatially-explicit data and citizen science observations on patterns of tree health decline in South Australian rural landscapes using a custom-built web-based platform. Continue reading...



 

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Tracking the migration of Latham's Snipe

Tracking the Migration of Latham's Snipe

The Latham’s Snipe project was initiated to better understand the ecology and habitat use of Latham’s snipe (Gallinago hardwickii), a shorebird species that breeds in Japan and migrates to Australia for the austral spring-summer. Using light-level geolocators deployed on snipe in Port Fairy, south-west Victoria, the first ever full migration track for the species has been obtained. The Latham’s Snipe Project is supported by CeRDI, the Australia Japan Foundation and the Woodland and Wetlands Trust. Continue reading...
 

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Leadbeater’s Possum Interactive Map

Leadbeater’s Possum Interactive Map

In collaboration with staff at the Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), CeRDI has developed a web-based interactive map for spatial information on the Leadbeater’s Possum, Victoria’s faunal emblem and a critically endangered species. The interactive map enables access to the most current information on population colonies, modelled areas of occupancy, population survey areas and forest management.Continue reading...
 

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Gunaikurnai Online Information Hub

Gunaikurnai Online Information Hub

The Gunaikurnai Information Hub provides support for the joint management of parks and reserves of the Appointed Lands of the Gunaikurnai people, the Traditional Owners of Gippsland, with the Traditional Owners playing a central role in managing these lands into the future. Continue reading...


 

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Wildlife Survey Open Data Collections

Wildlife Survey Open Data Collections

The project, funded by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), provides open access to research data from two FedUni wildlife surveys: An avian study undertaken in the Boola Boola Forest area of Gippsland in south-eastern Australia; and a systematic study of birdlife in the Lower Jinsha Valley in western China. Continue reading...


 

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Land Your Career

Land Your Career

Land Your Career is part of a larger project – the Integrated Land Management Curriculum for 
Victoria (ILMCV) – which involves a unique teaching and training partnership between six tertiary education providers across 18 locations in Victoria’s west. Continue reading...



 

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Research Context

Referred to as the New Digital Age (Schmidt and Cohen 2013), or era of Big Data (e.g. Boyd and Crawford 2012; Mayer-Schonberger and Cukier 2013) the present time period provides unprecedented opportunities for a deeper understanding and appreciation of our global environments. The volume of digital data on natural environments has grown exponentially, especially in the physical (e.g. Lynch 2008; Bell et al. 2009) and environmental sciences (e.g. Porter et al. 2012) where much of it is collected by sensors. In addition, data availability has vastly improved as governments in many countries adopt open data policies (Zuiderwijk and Janssen 2014).

 

HIGHER DEGREE RESEARCH

The Impact of Using Stormwater to Supply a City image

Impact of Using Stormwater to Supply a City

by David Ebbs

As population increases, communities become more urbanised and water use increases, it becomes more difficult for traditional water supplies to meet demand.  Urbanisation also has environmental impacts on the downstream waterways.  More impervious surfaces results in increased total runoff, higher flows and changes to the frequency of flood events and baseflow. Continue reading...

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Citizens as Monitors - Crowdsourcing for Water Policy Development

Citizens as Monitors - Crowdsourcing for Water Policy Development

by Patrick Bonney

The growth of citizen science as a tool for building repositories of knowledge in catchment management has been paralleled by a clear policy agenda within governments world-wide to proactively drawn on this resource to inform planning and development. Three key factors have been instrumental in this growth: 1) the availability of technical tools for knowledge dissemination and data collection by volunteers, 2) the realisation of the potential for citizens to provide skills and knowledge of benefit in a decreasing funding Continue reading...

 

Resources

Documentary Movies

Visualising Victoria's Groundwater (VVG)

An interoperative web-GIS that federates groundwater data from disparate sources to assist groundwater researchers and help water managers make the correct choices for the sustainable use of a precious resource. www.vvg.org.au.

Natural Resource Management Planning Portal

The NRMPP pilot project is testing how online mapping can be used to match local and regional priorities for catchment management in the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority region. www.ccmaknowledgebase.vic.gov.au/nrmpp.

Tracking the Migration of Latham's Snipe

Hokkaido Television Broadcasting have produced a short YouTube documentary on their visit to Canberra in January 2017.

 
Night vision of Leadbeater's Possum
 
 
 

Technology

VVG 3D Visualisation Demonstration
Custom reporting - NRM Planning Portal
 
 
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