4th OzEWEX workshop, 6 December 2017, Hobart


A National Environmental Observation and Prediction System for the year 2030

The 4th national OzEWEX workshop explored what a future comprehensive National Environmental Prediction system should look like and what observations it will need.

The workshop was held at CSIRO in Hobart, Tasmania, on Wednesday 6 December 2017, in the break of the MODSIM2017 congress.

The format included several invited presentations and facilitated discussion.  There was also time for conversations over morning tea and lunch, and demonstrations of state-of-the-art research instrumentation, including TerraLuma‘s proximal remote sensing instruments and a tour of the Research Vessel Investigator.

Participation was free, thanks to generous support from CSIRO, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network, Geoscience Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology, and the Australian National University.

Copies of all presentations can be accessed via the links below.



9:00 Arrival and registration
9:15 Albert van Dijk (co-chair) Welcome [link to slides]
9:30 Helen Cleugh (CSIRO) Climate and Earth System Modelling: preparing Australia for the challenge of environmental and climate change
10:00 morning tea Research demonstrations
Tour of RV Investigator
Requirements of a national prediction system
11:00 David Fuller (Entura Hydro Tasmania) Examples and learnings from 20 years of hydrological prediction systems
11:30 Nick Car (CSIRO) A National Environmental Prediction System for Australia: the proposal & OzEWEX requirements [link to slides]
12:00 Albert van Dijk (ANU) panel discussion
12:30 lunch
Challenges in developing a national prediction system
13:30 Joel Rahman (FlowMatters Pty Ltd) Why should I care about your new model? [link to slides]
14:00 Luigi Renzullo (ANU, CSIRO) Pushing the limits of predictability (discussion starter) [link to slides]
14:10 Seth Westra (University of  Adelaide) System resilience and stress testing (discussion starter) [link to slides]
14:20 David Robertson (CSIRO) panel discussion
14:45 afternoon tea
Observations for the year 2030
15:15 Arko Lucieer (University of Tasmania) Unmanned Aircraft Systems for quantitative remote sensing – drone hype or innovation in Earth Observation? [link to slides]
15:45 Edward King (CSIRO) Remotely Sensible Data Infrastructure:
Experiences from TERN-Auscover and IMOS-SRS in data management and organisation [link to slides]
16:15 Marta Yebra (ANU) discussion starter & panel discussion [link to slides]
16:35 Seth Westra (co-chair) workshop close



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