Bush.fm is a large database of sound recordings from natural environments across Australia. It allows scientists to upload, visualize, play, and analyse audio recordings. Sound recordings are one of several methods to monitor the state of the environment. Listening to vocalising animals can be used to measure biodiversity and detect environmental change. Acoustics sensors are being deployed across 10 sites in Australia. Each site generates up to 2- terabytes of data every year. Daily 24- hour recordings are uploaded to Bush.fm and made publicly available. Automatic and semi-automatic tools are used to analyse the data and tag the recordings.
Carbon and nitrogen dynamics are important factors in managing and understanding Australian ecosystems. Auto-EMF is an ANDS Ap project in conjunction with ACEAS and the IFE eResearch team. The aim of the project is to develop software for a data transformation and model calibration system for predictive models of Carbon and nitrogen dynamics in the ecosystem. This software will automatically or semi-automatically extract and transform historic data from multiple Australian sites and use them to calibrate and validate the predictive power of multiple carbon and nitrogen dynamics models. The software will capture the process in scientific workflow which will form the blueprint for future similar activities to calibrate and compare ecosystem models using Australian data.
The QUT eResearch team is collaborating with Meat and Livestock Australia to develop a data portal for the Reducing Emissions from Livestock Research Program (RELRP). The database will gather the data from a number of projects across Australia and contribute significantly to the wider RELRP aim of helping provide the knowledge, tools and strategies which primary producers will require to manage the Green House Gas (GHG) emissions of their livestock production systems.
The N2O Network is a collaboration between a number of researchers in Australia to create a repository of N2O soil emissions data from Australian soils. Soil gas emissions data is collected from a number of sites around Australia and comply with guidelines set by CIARD (Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development).
The Australian Supersite Network is part of TERN (Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network). The supersite repository links to ecosystem and ecological data collected at each supersite. The data is also registered with the TERN central data portal.
In collaboration with QUT's computer science discipline, ISR is deploying a number of acoustics sensors at the Australian Supersite Network. The sensors are used to collect bio- and eco-acoustic information such as detecting and identifying bird calls and monitoring the health of the ecosystem by examining its acoustic signature. Software is used to increase the efficiency of processing large acoustic data files and to tag acoustics data by bird call experts.
In collaboration with QUT's high performance computing, ISR has developed a desktop application to assist researchers create and register their data sets. The project builds on Morpho, a data entry tools written by KNB. The project was funded by the Australian National Data Services.
The TERN central data portal is a project led by QCIF (Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation) to create a single point of presence of TERN data online. The central portal will serve metadata from all TERN facilities and create technical tools to access and manipulate research data. ISR is a collaborator and is the host of the project development team.
ISR is leading a research working group that studies how to improve long-term predictions of carbon and nutrient dynamics in Australia's agro-ecosystems. The working groups aims to build a reference data base of carbon and nutrient data from across Australia and use it to compare the performance of various predictive models. The project is funded by ACEAS (Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis)
In collaboration with JCU's eResearch centre, ISR is creating an integrated data management system for large and rich data. This project is part of JCU's Tropical Data Hub initiative and leverages existing instruments deployed at Cape Tribulation.
A collaboration between ISR and CSIRO aims to study water properties in the Albert-Logan catchment as part of the Australian Supersite Network. The project is working on creating live feed of water quality data and observational video from the site that are publicly accessible one.