The eAtlas is a website and mapping system for presenting environmental research data in an accessible form that promotes
greater use of this information. It is also a data management system for preserving and encouraging reuse of this data.
The eAtlas is the primary data and knowledge repository for 38 NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub projects, 6 Reef Rescue Marine
Monitoring Program projects and historically, the Marine and Tropical Science Research Facility. It is now funded as the
data repository for the NESP TWQ hub.
Project goals under the NERP TE (2010 - 2014):
1. Document (website and metadata), capture (repository) and visualise (mapping services) research outcomes of all NERP TE
Hub projects in a readily accessible manner following the NERP TE Data Management Guidelines. These products will be made
available in standard services (WMS, WFS, ISO19115, etc) following the National Plan for Environment Information (NPEI).
2. Develop visualisations for all NERP TE Hub spatial and non-spatial data and make them available in a manner suitable
for fostering research collaboration and to develop key datasets for use by environmental managers and policy makers.
3. Expand the range of reference datasets in the eAtlas that complement available research data as well as maintain and
upgrade existing content in the eAtlas (MTSRF data).
4. Develop a Torres Strait eAtlas that will make available Torres Strait content from NERP TE research, TSRA data and priority
historical CSIRO data. This project will also develop a baselayer for the Torres Strait community based on Landsat imagery,
QLD government aerial imagery, TSRA data and the development of a reef's dataset.
5. Develop the eAtlas systems (mapping system, data processing tools, metadata system and website) to best meet the needs
of the end users.