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Ecosystem Observations: TERN Seminar Series: Standardising environmental information collection: harmonising Australia’s approaches
A fundamental step towards delivering knowledge and tools that allow transparency in decision-making about environmental management and development is to agree on a standardised approach to the way ecological field survey and monitoring data are collected. It is proposed that this will improve 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 compatible across individual projects, regions and jurisdictions.

Issues
• 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 have any use in assisting regulators?
• Do the States, Territories and the Commonwealth have a consensus approach to harmonising environmental information collection?
• How might Citizen Scientists, NGOs and other non-government groups contribute to developing standards, tools and training?

Nov 4, 2020 03:00 PM in Brisbane

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Speakers

Associate Professor Ben Sparrow
TERN Surveillance Lead @TERN, University of Adelaide
Ben leads TERN’s Ecosystem Surveillance Program, enabling ecosystem surveillance monitoring across Australia and open access to ecological data. Ben has previously worked for both the South Australia and Northern Territory government environment agencies. His current research focuses on surveillance monitoring of Australia, and the benefits of integrating spatial information with ecology for improved management outcomes.
Dr Teresa Eyre
Principal Ecologist @Queensland Herbarium, Department of Environment and Science
Teresa is an applied ecologist with a highly skilled team of zoologists, botanists and ecologists within the Queensland Herbarium. Her prime motivation is to help government and land managers make informed decisions on the conservation management of biodiversity, through field based research and assessment. Her team have developed and implemented protocols and frameworks for the assessment of Queensland’s vegetation condition and fauna and flora. She is quite good at spotting yellow-bellied glider feed trees and koalas from fast moving vehicles.
Dr Sandra Walpole
Program Officer @MERI (Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement), Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Sandra joined the Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) team in 2019 and is responsible for implementing long-term monitoring and reporting framework for Australian Government NRM investments, including development of data standards for the Regional Land Partnerships Program. Prior to this Sandra has worked for the Australian Government since 2013, at the Murray Darling Basin Authority, the DAWE undertaking regulatory impact assessments, and providing input to the National Waste Strategy and NSW government for 14 years undertaking protected area design and establishment in western NSW, and as a water market analyst managing the NSW government’s environmental water portfolio.