Proceedings of the GIS and Environmental Rehabilitation Workshop
Devonport C, Riley SJ & Ringrose SM (eds) 1992
Darwin 4-5 September 1992, Supervising Scientist for the Alligator Rivers Region, AGPS, Canberra
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- Summary - Toni O'Neill, Ian Moffatt & Peter Waggitti
- List of Participants
- THE BIG PICTURE
- Trends in GIS: an environmental perspective - Susan Ringrose
- The Environmental Resources Information Network (EPJN) - John R. Busby
- GIS data availability - Ian Batley
- Status of the NTLIS - Bill Stuchbery
- Developments in regional scale simulation: modelling ecologically sustainable development in the Northern Territory - Ian Moffat
- Environmental Management
- The use of GIS as a tool for land management - Peter L. Wilson
- Rehabilitation of the Mary River Floodplains: a review of MSS and TM imagery 1972 - 1992 - Peter Jolly & Daryl Chin
- Greening Australia's role in vegetation management, revegetation and rehabilitation - Mike Clark
- Integration of remote sensing and GIS in the East Kimberley - Toni O'Neill, John Marthick & Lesley Head
- Soil-climate-biotic interactions in northern Australian savannas ‑ the GIS potential - G.A. Duff, D. Eamus, R. Williams & G. Cook
- GIS: a military perspective - Bill Thomson
- A suggested cultural resource GIS for the Northern Territory - Marjorie Sullivan & Peter Hiscock
- Mining and Rehabilitation
- The role of geographic information systems in the Office of the Supervising Scientist - Steven Riley
- The CSIRO minesite rehabilitation group - Philip Soole, Tim McLennan & Tony Milnes
- Analysis of spatial relationships of mine-site rehabilitation parameters over twenty years - Bob Richards, Barbara Ross, Kate Harrison, David L. Wigston & Susan Wigston
- Rehabilitation and research planning at Ranger Uranium Mines - Corinne Unger
- Development of a prototype GIS for risk-hazard assessment - Chris Devonport
- GIS Software and Bibliography
- The latest in GIS techniques for environmental applications - Graeme Browning
- SPANS: an overview - Lisa Mackenzie
- GIS and the environment: a selected bibliography - Chris Devonport
The rehabilitation of environments affected by human activities (e.g. mining, military, pastoral) as well as natural occurrences (e.g. cyclones, floods, earthquakes) is growing in importance. Planning, implementing and monitoring of rehabilitation are complex processes which, as higher standards are demanded, require increasingly sophisticated means to accomplish acceptable results. Information technology already plays a major role in these processes in organisations involved in rehabilitation. Increasing use of spatial data alongside existing attribute information, together with continuing advances in hardware and software, is leading to increased reliance on computerised systems by decision makers who have to consider spatial information.
The Office of the Supervising Scientist (OSS) is developing , in conjunction with the Northern Territory University (NM, a geographic information system (GIS) which will assist in planning rehabilitation and assessing the environmental impact of uranium mines in the Alligator Rivers Region. It is recognised that the facility will also have much wider application. Part of the agreed strategy for the development of the OSS/NTU GIS Laboratory was the organisation of a workshop in the first year and these proceedings are the outcome.
The aim of the workshop was to provide a forum for the exchange of information on the current status of the use of geographic information systems for different aspects of rehabilitation in Northern Australia. The 20 papers presented here reflect the wide diversity of people interested in this area with academic, government, commercial, and military interests represented. As many people expressed interest in the workshop it was not practical to keep within the original aim of a small group. However, the benefit of greater numbers was evident in the wide ranging and valuable discussions and meetings during and after the workshop between the 40 participants.
The contents of these papers am as submitted by their authors.
We would like to acknowledge Associate Professor Charles Webb, Dean of Science at NTU, for his welcoming address at the workshop. Thanks are also due to Janet Hoskings and Cheryl Huckerby for assisting in the running of the workshop and the Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences for providing the venue. Steven James from Intergraph was unable to provide a paper for inclusion in these proceedings but his contribution, together with a demonstration of Intergraph hardware and software, was most useful. We are also grateful to the Military Geographic Information group in Darwin who went to considerable effort to bring their RS/6000 hardware and Geovision software to demonstrate at the workshop.