Australian Ground Cover Reference Sites Database - ABARES

The ground cover reference sites database includes site descriptions and field measurements of the different cover fractions at sites across Australia. The data were collected by government agencies in all states and the Northern Territory as part of the ‘Ground cover monitoring for Australia’ project.

  • KEYWORDS:
    Ground cover, land cover, ABARES
  • DATA LICENCE
    & ACCESS RIGHTS:
    CC-BY-SA 3.0
  • SPATIAL COVERAGE
    & RESOLUTION:
    100 m resolution; Australia
  • TEMPORAL COVERAGE & RESOLUTION:
    1 day composites; 2010 to 2014, specific capture dates for each site
  • PRODUCTION STATUS:
    Updated intermittently with new sites or reprocessing

Download our ‘Good Practice Guidelines’

TERN AusCover supports a nationally consistent approach to the calibration, validation, and delivery of earth observation data products. To ensure that earth observation data is useful to a wide range of users, the collection and delivery of this data needs to be accurate, precise, and use reproducible methods. To support the earth observation community in achieving a high quality and consistent approach nationwide, we’ve developed our ‘Good Practice Guidelines’ that provide advice on calibrating and validating earth observation data.
The Guidelines are provided as a free and accessible tool to anyone working in earth observation. They are also intended to be a dynamic resource that will be updated over time as new knowledge and best-practice processes emerge. Please contact us if you have feedback or questions.
The Guidelines draw upon the knowledge and experience of our national expert network, and also internationally agreed protocols and standards. We are grateful to the external and international reviewers who refined the Guidelines prior to their release.

Download the Guidelines here