The Tropical Data Hub (TDH) – a virtual research environment for tropical science knowledge innovation and discovery

Myers, Trina, Trevathan, Jarrod, Atkinson, Ian, Cook, Rob, and VanDerWal, Jeremy (2011) The Tropical Data Hub (TDH) – a virtual research environment for tropical science knowledge innovation and discovery. In: eResearch Australasia Conference 2011: presentations, pp. 1-2. From: eResearch Australasia Conference 2011, 6-11 November 2011, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Abstract

The Tropical Data Hub (TDH) as an e-Research initiative to provide a data hosting infrastructure to congregate significant tropical environmental data sets. Tropical regions support some of the world's most diverse and unique ecosystems. However, these sensitive areas are coming under increased pressures from human activities, which significantly threaten their sustainability into the future. Therefore, a need exists for more informed use of environmental monitoring procedures to help better manage tropical regions. At present data is collected in disjoint repositories and is not visible/accessible for reuse by other lines of enquiry. Without this data being publicised, many opportunities are missed for holistic discovery of major trends that influence tropical ecosystems. The TDH serves as a focal point for amalgamating disparate data sources to facilitate data reuse, integration/searching and knowledge discovery by environmental researchers and government departments. This will provide researchers and planners access to extensive and readily available data that can be used to give a more accurate representation of the state of tropical regions and allow for more suitable environmental management practices to be devised. We present two visualisation tools that model data from the Tropical Data Hub. The first is for assessing land space across Northern Australia and the second is a system to rapidly assess the potential impacts of climate change on global biodiversity.

Item ID: 22443
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: tropical data hub, virtual research environments
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Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2012 06:17
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080105 Expert Systems @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960303 Climate Change Models @ 20%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology @ 30%
89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8903 Information Services > 890301 Electronic Information Storage and Retrieval Services @ 50%
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