Invitation to participate: National survey for building Australia’s Earth Observation Capability

Dear OzEWEX community,

We know a large number of you produce and use biophysical data generated from satellite and airborne imaging systems (Earth Observation, EO data)  so we would greatly appreciate 5-10 minutes of your time to complete a simple on-line survey tell us how Australia can improve its capabilities in this area.

This survey aims to establish what you think are key problems to accessing, using and distributing EO data and its related products, AND how you think you, we, industry or government can address these problems in Australia!  We consider Earth Observation data to be any data collected from satellites, aircraft and drones.

We will use these important pieces of information to define the priorities for action in the Australian Earth Observation Community Plan.  which will be completed by November 2016.

This is an opportunity for Australia as a whole to significantly grow our industries collecting and using Earth Observation data, as well as ensuring the essential government and industry services we rely on, continue to have assured access the best quality EO data.

We will also use your answers to inform a response to the national consultation process to seek feedback on the National Research Infrastructure Capability Issues Paper, which was released 20 July 2016, and asks for specific input on remote sensing infrastructure.

This survey is an essential consultation element of the plan and will provide us with a base data set for defining key challenges to EO Development in Australia, and then what are the main priorities that industry and government need to act on.

The survey will take 10-15 minutes of your time, and it will be anonymous unless you choose to identify yourself.  We will collect information about where you are from and the type of work you do, but not individual details.  Submissions are due by 17:00, Monday, 22 August 2016.

To complete the survey please follow this link:

Thanks for your time!

Stuart Phinn – On behalf  of the Steering Committee for the Australian  Earth Observation Community Plan

Australian Earth Observation Community Coordination Group

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