|Occasional report series|
Report 1: Data systems: semantics, data sharing and documentation of analysis
Report 2: Exploring interdisciplinary collaboration in Australia’s ecosystem science and management community
Interdisciplinary collaboration amongst ecosystem scientists and managers is vital for developing innovative solutions to the complex issues surrounding Australia’s changing ecosystems.
The overwhelming conclusion in this report was that ACEAS is a program that is:
"highly functional, widely appreciated as fulfilling a unique role and is making good progress towards all of the principles that guide it, which are:
(i) facilitating the advancement of pure and applied ecosystem knowledge through the search for spatial and temporal patterns and principles in existing data;
Price, R.J and Cork, S.J. (2013) The Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis: A mid-term review. ACEAS-TERN Report, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.
Each meeting we have asked the participants for their feedback. This has resulted in an impressive collation of opinion and comment, some of which was analysed for the mid-term review and is included as an Appendix in that. It is hard to read there, however, so it is attached here for reference. Many thanks to all the participants who have assisted us improve our practice and understand more about the contribution both you and ACEAS make to your community.
To see the full report, download here.
Weber, E., Brisbane, S. and Specht, A. (2013) ACEAS Feedback analysis 2010-2013. Internal paper 33pp The University of Queensland, Brisbane
The VAST-2 System has been developed as a result of Richard's ACEAS work, and the method is explained in the Manual downloadable here [pdf approx 3.5MB]
Thackway, R. (2014). VAST-2 Tracking the Transformation of Vegetated Landscapes, Handbook for recording site-based effects of land use and land management practices on the condition of native plant communities, Version 3.0, June 2014. Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network, The University of Queensland, Brisbane. pp35.
Report 7: Science Making Sense: the role of trans-disciplinary synthesis
Report 8: ACEAS Socio-economic study
A socio-economic analysis of ACEAS was an important recommendation made in the mid-term review (Price and Cork, 2013). This preliminary economic and social analysis across ACEAS activities established a framework for estimating the value of ACEAS investment. RMCG was commissioned to conduct the study for ACEAS.
RMCG (2014) Socio-economic Analysis for the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis 89pp The University of Queensland, Brisbane.
The report is downloadable here
Report 9: Retrieval of the Data from the Conservation Atlas
Collecting field data is an onerous task, involving commitment of time and money and venturing into the wilderness (or not). The data collected on each and every occasion is unique and precious, but the custodianship of such data is difficult, as technologies, systems and fashions change. This is a special project to convert collated species lists prepared for the Conservation Atlas of Plant Communities in Australia (Specht et al. 1995) from paper and digital text formats (species codes x locations x publications) into a collection of species observation records using the Darwin Core international standard so they can be made available using on-line data repositories, specifically those of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network and the Atlas of Living Australia.
The data released will complement other collection methods, giving a more complete picture of any particular location in space and time. The effort required in the recovery of these data demonstrate the imperative of ensuring any and all biodiversity data needs to be urgently integrated into a national repository before it is lost.
reference: Specht, R.L., Specht, A., Whelan, M.B. and Hegarty, E.E. (1995) Conservation Atlas of Plant Communities in Australia. Southern Cross University Press in association with the Centre for Coastal Management, Lismore, NSW, Australia
The report is downloadable here
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