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Satellite Data Helps Inform Decisions in Agricultural Sector

22 November 2011

AUSTRALIA - Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, today welcomed the release today of satellite imagery that provides a complete and consistent picture of different land cover across Australia.

The National Dynamic Land Cover Dataset draws on remote sensing data and was launched today at the [email protected] conference in Canberra.

Minister Ludwig said the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) had jointly developed the dataset and associated mapping products with Geoscience Australia.

“This addresses the need for a single, nationally consistent and complete land cover dataset for Australia,” Minister Ludwig said.

“The National Dynamic Land Cover Dataset (DLCD) uses remote sensing technology, which is able to detect change in natural features, such as forests and grasslands, and man-made features, such as agricultural crops.

“This is a powerful tool for policy makers and producers in the agricultural sector and will help inform decisions on natural resource management, climate change and variability and risk management.

“Information from this dataset can also help us better understand and address a range of challenges faced by farmers daily, including drought, salinity, water availability and ecosystem health.”

The development of the DLCD is supported by jurisdictions through the Australian Collaborative Land Use and Management Program (ACLUMP), which coordinates the development of land use, land management practice and land cover information for Australia. The ACLUMP program is sponsored by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

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