New geodetic infrastructure for Australia: The NCRIS/AuScope geospatial component
Tregoning, P and Watson, CS and Coleman, R and Johnston, G and Lovell, JEJ and Dickey, JM and Featherstone, WE and Rizos, C and Higgins, M and Priebbenow, R, New geodetic infrastructure for Australia: The NCRIS/AuScope geospatial component, AGU Papers and Supplements, Fall Meeting , 14-18 December 2009, San Francisco, USA (2009) [Conference Extract]
In November 2006, the Australian Federal Government announced AUS$15.8M in funding for geospatial research infrastructure through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). Funded within a broader capability area titled "Structure and Evolution of the Australian Continent", NCRIS has provided a significant investment across Earth imaging, geochemistry, numerical simulation and modelling, the development of a virtual core library, and geospatial infrastructure. Known collectively as AuScope (www.auscope.org.au), this capability area has brought together Australian=92s leading Earth scientists to decide upon the most pressing scientific issues and infrastructure needs for studying Earth systems and their impact on the Australian continent. Importantly and at the same time, the investment in geospatial infrastructure offers the opportunity to raise Australian geodetic science capability to the highest international level into the future. The geospatial component of AuScope builds onto the AUS$15.8M of direct funding through the NCRIS process with significant in-kind and co-investment from universities and State/Territory and Federal government departments. The infrastructure to be acquired includes an FG5 absolute gravimeter, three gPhone relative gravimeters, three 12.1 m radio telescopes for geodetic VLBI, a continent-wide network of continuously operating geodetic quality GNSS receivers, a trial of a mobile SLR system and access to updated cluster computing facilities. We present an overview of the AuScope geospatial capability, review the current status of the infrastructure procurement and discuss some examples of the scientific research that will utilise the new geospatial infrastructure.