TERN AusCover and its partners produce a wide variety of maps that show land-cover and biophysical variables across Australia. Our maps are used by researchers, government, and industry, so it is important to us to keep improving them to make sure we are providing the best information possible to support these different groups. Our maps are developed from satellite images of Australia and fieldwork we do to “tie” the satellite images to real observations on the ground. While we do as much of this fieldwork as we can, we can only get to so many locations across Australia – and that is where you come in. You can use your local knowledge, photos, and observations to check our maps and help us improve them.
How can I help?
Our Geo-Wiki allows you to view our maps with Google Earth as a backdrop. You can then check if our classifications of areas on the map are correct or incorrect. If they are correct you can let us know, and if they are incorrect you can submit information, photos and suggestions on what classification would be better. The system will then send us a message so we can check your information and suggestions, and correct the map accordingly. This means that with your help, over time, we can produce better and better maps.
The Geo-Wiki has already been used by a number of Australian University classes. If you’re in education at any level and are interested in using the Geo-Wiki in your classes please contact us.