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eResearch Australia Conference 2020: Expanding the knowledge base of WA's marine environment

The COVID-19 pandemic is giving us an opportunity to change up the traditional means for delivery of conference content, to try new ways of connecting our members and community with each other, and to expand upon the conference’s traditional audiences.

Whilst many familiar aspects of the traditional eResearch Australasia Conference will be carried forward for the online event, including opportunities to hear from reputable invited speakers, network with colleagues and industry suppliers, we’re excited to be working on delivering the community new and innovative ways to come together, learn, collaborate and network.



Expanding the knowledge base of WA's marine environment by improving the Environmental Impact Assessment process and leveraging Australia's eResearch infrastructure investment.

Until recently, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) practice was to use environmental information submitted with a proposal for the purpose of that proposal’s assessment only. The actual data was not submitted. As part of Digital Environmental Impact Assessment effort, centralising the collection and access to this data gathered and used for regulatory processes will reduce future approval and project delays and reduce effort, uncertainty and risk.

The Index of Marine Surveys for Assessments (IMSA) is a Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) project, implemented in partnership with the Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI). IMSA is the first platform of its kind to deliver systematic capture and sharing of marine data taken as part of an EIA. With an estimated $50 million spent annually undertaking marine surveys for EIAs in WA, IMSA was developed to centralise this data and make it publicly available. IMSA provides access to marine surveyed reports, metadata and map layers through the department’s BioCollect online portal (provided by Atlas of Living Australia), as well as processed data products and raw data packages (hosted at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre).

This talk will showcase “eResearch in Action” by describing how Government and private industry can work together to bring many benefits to the community. IMSA was able to be implemented quickly by re-using existing NCRIS supported eResearch infrastructure and will enable future opportunities to better understand and manage the marine environment.

Motherwell G 2 , Gentle C 3,4 , Brenton P 5 , Edwards L 1,3

1 Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Perth WA, Australia

2 Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Perth WA, Australia

3 Western Australian Marine Science Institution, Perth WA, Australia

4 Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute, Perth WA, Australia

5 Atlas of Living Australia, Canberra ACT, Australia



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Mon 19 Oct 2020 To Fri 23 Oct 2020

9:00am To 4:30pm