16 May 2013
Global award for SKM Groundwater Atlas
Australia’s National Atlas of Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems (GDEs) has won the 2013 Geospatial World Application Excellence Award for Environment Protection and Monitoring.
The coveted prize was presented during the Geospatial World Forum which has been held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
The GDE Atlas was developed by a team consisting of leading projects firm, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM), and Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO.
The web interface was developed by SKM, Cogha and the Bureau of Meteorology, and the Atlas is hosted on the Bureau’s website.
Ross Jones, SKM’s Acting General Manager, Water & Environment, said the online Atlas provides the first ever comprehensive picture of these important ecosystems across Australia.
“The health of GDEs is a significant concern for water managers and needs to be better considered in water planning processes,” Mr Jones said.
Full story from SKM.