CRC Spatial Information Re-Bid

August 15th, 2009 by Sue Whale Leave a reply »

The CRC for Spatial Information extension will bring rapid and powerful collaboration on all critical research and education issues that involve a spatial aspect, and create a coordinated national network of satellite system reference stations to permit real‐time positioning to two centimetre accuracy; and establish the fully functioning Australian Spatial Marketplace. UNE will be involved in two major projects:
AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES, AND CLIMATE CHANGE: BIOMASS PROJECT
Biomass Business is a major demonstrator project within the CRC for Spatial information which aims to empower Australia’s response to climate change by transforming the way public and private land managers balance agricultural productivity and sustainability. UNE will host this major project, using its significant strength in precision agriculture research to bring together agronomists, soil scientists, sensor specialists, physicists, ecosystem scientists, plant biologists, statisticians and computer scientists. The project aims to develop spatial‐based tools to drive on‐farm improvements in water, fertiliser and pasture utilisation, and associated soil health necessary to maintain the profitability of agricultural businesses, while maximising the synergies between production and environmental accountability. The project involves 4 of Australia’s top ten corporate farmers, 8 small‐medium enterprises and three state land managers including NSW DECC, WA Land Information and Victoria DPI.
HEALTH RESEARCH THROUGH THE CRC FOR SPATIAL INFORMATION
The successful rebid for the CRC Spatial Information opens up a further opportunity for cutting‐edge rural health research, based at UNE. A joint research programme with the University of Western Australia and various collaborators with UNE targets three fundamental health challenges associated with distance. These are the challenges of workforce, matching capabilities with needs, and the additional costs due to distance. The research is predicated on the expectation that linking spatial technology with other technology and management methods can assist to deliver tangible healthcare improvement in rural areas. Whilst the details of the research are yet to be developed in consultation with our partners in the CRC, it is expected to address the role of technology (with an emphasis on spatial data) integrated with management and clinical methods to improve the effectiveness of primary healthcare networks in rural areas; better enable service delivery models in remote areas, improve the utility of health technology and datasets, and improve spatial intelligence for health service design and delivery. Industry collaborators, BSR Solutions and 43pl, have signed on in support of UNE’s bid.

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