‘Standardising environmental information collection: harmonising Australia’s approaches.’

4 November, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
+61 7 3365 9097

This webinar will discuss a standardised approach to the way ecological field survey and monitoring data are collected.  Agreement on techniques and protocols is a fundamental step towards improving consistency in data recording so data generated from TERN (Australia’s national land observatory), NRM groups, citizen scientists, and entities carrying out environmental assessments are comparable and compatible across individual projects, regions and jurisdictions.​


How do we decide which environmental parameters to measure by standardised protocols?

What steps are necessary before we can say we have a standardised protocol for collecting Australia’s environmental information?

Will past and future data collected by non-standard methods be of any use in assisting regulators?

Do the States, Territories and the Commonwealth have an agreed or preferred approach to harmonising environmental information collection?

How might citizen scientists, NGOs and other non-government groups contribute to developing standards, tools and training?


Associate Professor Ben Sparrow, TERN Ecosystem Surveillance Lead, University of Adelaide.

Dr Teresa Eyre, Principal Ecologist, Queensland Herbarium, Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

Ashley Leedman, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement Section, Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.


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