|Start your discovery with the TERN-ANU Landscape Data Visualiser|
The sheer abundance of data on Australia’s natural environment means that the data cannot be easily explored and analysed by non-expert users
This new web atlas lets you discover a wealth of landscape and ecosystem data from satellite observations, airborne measurements, field surveys, sensor networks and national-scale model predictions.
The Landscape Data Visualiser gives you access to more than 50 datasets providing information on, for example:
You can you drill down to any location of interest, compare data and locations, and download any of the data shown.
Comparing species recorded at TERN ecosystem surveillance sites with soil clay content (above right) and flood inundation (above)
Prof Albert van Dijk, director of ANU WALD, says that the Landscape Data Visualiser lets researchers compare satellite and model-derived data with measurements from TERN's ecosystem observing field sites and with airborne laser scanning (LiDAR) and hyperspectral data products that TERN has developed for several intensive research locations in Australia.
“It also contains many entirely new environmental mapping products that ANU WALD has developed from airborne LiDAR and hyperspectral imaging data collected with support from TERN. This includes airborne campaigns at various TERN SuperSites, but also data covering the entire Australian Capital Territory, for example,” says Albert.
Users can find airborne products relating to vegetation cover, height, structure, foliage chemistry and also digital elevation models, water body mapping and building footprints, to name a few.
Airborne laser scanning data showing the location, height and density of vegetation and buildings in Canberra' parliamentary triangle (above) and at TERN's Samford Peri-Urban SuperSite in Queensland (below)
The height of individual tree crowns near Alice Springs derived from TERN’s airborne lidar collection
Dr Siddeswara Guru, the lead of TERN’s Data Services and Analytics platform, says that the visualiser complements platforms such as Australia's NationalMap. “It provides a more extensive range of data visualisation and analysis tools, and addresses the specific data and visualisation needs of researchers and government agencies involved in land and water management, farming, conservation and multiple other aspects of environmental management,” says Guru.
“It also allows users to quickly view and manipulate the data without having to download them first, which saves valuable time and computing resources.”
TERN and ANU invite you to test our new Landscape Data Visualiser and provide feedback on its tools and data and how they can be improved further.
Published in TERN newsletter December 2018