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A printable version of the CRCSI Program Overview can be downloaded here.

Program Overview

The CRCSI central focus is developing a research infrastructure that delivers commercially applicable end-user [impact] outcomes. The three application research themes – Positioning, Rapid Spatial Analytics, and Spatial Infrastructure – are supported by four key program areas. These program areas are:

  • Agriculture, Natural Resources and Climate Change through creation of a biomass and carbon monitoring system for high resolution and high frequency application on farms and through improved environmental monitoring
  • Defence by adapting the capabilities of CRCSI’s research portfolio
  • Built Environment to build new tools to support sustainable built infrastructure development
  • Health by helping agencies to spatially enable their clinical databases.

how we work

The CRCSI works with over 100 partners across a range of government agencies, institutes and the private sector to fund research that leads to better business, sustainable systems and social wellbeing for Australia and New Zealand.

The impact of our work goes beyond Australia and New Zealand and builds upon a global community of spatial information capacity and expertise.


CRCSI conducts collaborative research that leads to accelerated industry growth, improved social wellbeing and a more sustainable environment.

We aim to solve complex problems of national significance for Australia and New Zealand.

Research funding opportunities

To find out about research proposals and apply for funding, please go to Research Opportunities.


Phil Collier 2013 sqDr Philip Collier
Research Director

1 Positioning

The world is entering a new era in satellite positioning. New global navigation satellite systems are being launched.

2 Rapid Spatial Analytics

The current world and the economy's within have rapidly embraced contemporary cloud-based real world business drivers. It is this theme of “rapid” that captures the essence of new business both in the government and private sectors.

3 Spatial Infrastructures

The Internet is developing powerful new capabilities as it moves to Web 3.0 technologies and standards.

4.1 Agriculture, Natural Resources & Climate Change

img about This program will improve our ability to respond to climate change and to understand how rural landscapes are adapting to climate change.

4.2 Defence

P4 2 helicoptor Australia spends over $22 billion pa on Australian Defence Organisation activity, forecast to increase annually by 3.5%. The use of spatial information has considerably increased within Australia’s national Defence agencies, contributing to the rapid...

4.4 Health

Spatial Information has long been used in the Health sector to pinpoint areas of risk for specific diseases. This information helps identify contributing factors to the disease and populations at risk.

4.5 Built Environment

train 239pxWide Over half of the world’s inhabitants live in cities. In twenty years, there will be 5 billion urban dwellers. With inefficient transport systems and poorly designed developments, many cities consume enormous quantities of fossil fuels...

Automated Spatial Information Generation

The objective of Program 2 was to conduct research into automated feature extraction from aerial, satellite and terrestrial imaging and ranging systems. To early 2015, the research activity within Program 2, focused on Automated Spatial Information Generation...

Contracted Research and Consultancy

SISRL logo Spatial Information Systems Research Ltd is the CRCSI company that handles intellectual property (IP) management and implementation; and enters into contracts on behalf of the CRCSI.

Radar Research Facility

JAXA ALOS Imaging radar, or synthetic aperture radar (SAR), is one of the most rapidly developing remote sensing technologies. Over ten new radar satellites are to be launched by 2017. Radar imaging has enormous potential but requires...