eReefs is a collaboration between:
Bureau Of Meteorology
The Bureau of Meteorology is developing real time catchment and marine forecast models to simulate a range of physical and water quality processes across the Great Barrier Reef. These systems will provide short term forecasts of water conditions to support tactical decision making of a range of stakeholders. The first eReefs product known as the Marine Water Quality Dashboard is live on our website and provides ready access to the most up to date water quality monitoring across the Great Barrier Reef.
Active involvement in the eReefs project is one of the many ways the Bureau is fulfilling its mission to provide Australians with the information they need to manage and live within their natural environment, encompassing the atmosphere, oceans, water and land, as outlined in our Marine Strategy 2014 – 2019. The eReefs products form part of a growing suite of new data services developed under the National Plan for Environmental Information Initiative. This initiative is providing connected data services to enhance the discovery, sharing, use and reuse of environmental information. It is jointly managed by the Bureau of Meteorology and Department of the Environment.
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Great Barrier Reef Foundation
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation is fostering a resilient reef for all generations by catalysing and funding science that informs, encourages and inspires. Promoting a strategic, collaborative and coordinated approach, together with our partners in business, government, and philanthropy, the Foundation has so far raised more than $50m for essential research that delivers meaningful outcomes for managers, users and policy makers.
The Foundation is custodian of the eReefs vision, as part of its broader research portfolio and has guided the development of the project from its inception.
CSIRO is Australia's national research agency. CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere provides the knowledge to manage Australia’s marine estate and atmospheric environment, to plan for and respond to weather and climate related natural hazards, and to ensure sustainable coastal development and growth of marine industries. It delivers practical science that enables governments, industries and communities to make informed decisions about the sustainable management of the marine and atmospheric environment.
CSIRO is undertaking an initiative to transforms ocean information management, which will enhance Australia's capacity to address national ocean-related information challenges and opportunities. eReefs forms part of this initiative.
The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Australia's tropical marine research agency, brings significant research expertise in monitoring and ecological responses, deep data stores and modelling knowledge to the eReefs partnership.
The development of routinely operating, data assimilating models of the circulation and water quality within the Great Barrier Reef has been a shared vision for more than a decade. AIMS sees eReefs as the realisation of this vision, and believes that the modelling and visualisation tools developed will not only advance many areas of science but increase the certainty of scientific advice provided to stakeholders in relation to some of the most challenging issues affecting the Reef.
Supported by funding from:
The Queensland Government has invested more than $3 million in the eReefs project which will link with the highly innovative Paddock to Reef Integrated Monitoring, Modelling and Reporting Program. eReefs will use the latest technologies to collate and analyse data with new and integrated marine monitoring and modelling to produce understanding, prediction, visualisation, communication and reporting tools that span the entire reef from catchment to ocean. It will help the government to plan and assess the results of its investment in land management practices, in particular whether the associated improvements in the quality of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef will protect reef ecosystems.
BHP Billiton - BMA
BMA is contributing $5 million ($1 million per year over five years) to support the delivery of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation's eReefs project, assisting in the protection and preservation of the Reef.
The company's contribution is an example of BMA's commitment to key support activities for the Reef and our commitment to the broader sustainability activities in Queensland.
The funding support extends an existing relationship between BHP Billiton and BMA with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
Spanning a history of over 90 years, the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) provides grants to science and scientists for the purposes of assisting Australian industry, furthering the interests of the Australian community and contributing to the achievement of Australian national objectives. This unique and esteemed funding arrangement received a substantial gift from CSIRO made possible from proceeds of its fast wireless local area network (WLAN) technology, facilitating the rejuvenated Fund to be a mechanism for significant support of science in Australia.
Providing substantial grants available across the National Innovation System, the Fund supports a portfolio of activities including: 17 Research Projects to the value of over AU$75 million; Research Infrastructure worth AU$30 million; Special Research Projects in excess of AU$13m; as well as a commitment of over AU$19 million until 2020 for Promotion of Science in the form of Postdoctoral Fellowships, Postgraduate and Undergraduate Scholarships, a Chair in Wireless communication at Macquarie University, Lindau Fellowships and the STEM+ Business Fellowships.
The management and protection of the Great Barrier Reef is an ongoing priority of the Australian Government. Considerable investment has been made to advance our knowledge of the Reef ecosystem, which has informed the targeting of decades of investment on actions to address key pressures and risks.
The Reef 2050 Plan, is the long-term plan to adaptively manage the Reef into the future and provides an over-arching framework to guide protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area from 2015 to 2050.
The Reef 2050 Plan builds on the existing Reef Water Quality Protection Plan which has evolved over more than 10 years as new science has emerged on risks to the Reef and management actions to address them.
The eReefs project is the first step in building a comprehensive coastal information system for Australia. By capturing an accurate picture of what changes are occurring in the Reef’s water quality, eReefs is helping to document and respond to potential environmental events like coral bleaching that can have a devastating effect on the Reef.