Earthwatch Australia is the coordinating partner of TeachWild. Its global mission is to engage people in scientific field research and education in order to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Since 1971, 100,000 citizen scientists have contributed 11 million hours to conservation science – equivalent to more than 5,000 years of solid hard work.
CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. The CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship focuses on understanding Australia’s oceans: their biodiversity, resources and relationships with the climate system. The flagship delivers practical science that enables governments, industries and communities to make informed decisions about the sustainable management of marine and coastal resources. It provides CSIRO’s contribution towards national challenges in which oceans play a central role.
In Australia, Shell has a long history of involvement with the community across more than 110 years of business operations in Australia. As Shell’s business in Australia grows, so to does its country social investment program which focuses on education, including projects which encourage an interest in science and technology.
Atlas of Living Australia
The Atlas of Living Australia project is a national collaboration between the Australian museums, herbaria and biological collections, and the Commonwealth Government, to create a national database of Australia’s flora and fauna, all freely available online at www.ala.org.au. The Atlas is helping to build a more detailed picture of Australia’s biodiversity and provide more adequate biodiversity data for researchers, environmental managers and policy makers. Scientists, citizen scientists and others can use the Atlas to find information, records and images of Australia’s flora and fauna, and to view the recorded information on maps – the Atlas’s mapping tools include more than 300 environmental layers.
TeachWild is using Atlas-developed software called FieldData to record and aggregate data collected in the field. FieldData software allows members to easily add data and photos to the portal online, which can then be shared and analysed.