NERP TE Project 13.1 - eAtlas (AIMS)

Project summary

The eAtlas is a website, mapping system and set of data visualisation tools for presenting research data in an accessible form that promotes greater use of this information. The eAtlas will serve as the primary data and knowledge repository for all NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub projects, which focus on the on the Great Barrier Reef, Wet Tropics rainforest and Torres Strait. The eAtlas will capture and record research outcomes and make them available to research-users in a timely, readily accessible manner. It will host meta-data records and provide an enduring repository for raw data. It will also develop and host web visualisations to view information using a simple and intuitive interface. This will assist scientists with data discovery and allow environmental managers to access and investigate research data.

e-Atlas front page
Example of an e-Atlas mapping

Why this research is needed

Existing research data is often under utilised. Much of it is not readily accessible or else not in a form useful for potential end-users, limiting the ability for science to inform environmental decision making and policy development, or inform the wider community. By providing a data catalogue and repository, the eAtlas will ensure the knowledge gained is safely stored and made accessible, encouraging collaboration and knowledge sharing. In addition, by providing a web-accessible mapping system and a set of data visualisation tools, the eAtlas is able to display a wide variety of spatial data ensuring broad discoverability and easy comprehension.

Research user focus

The eAtlas will deliver timely, rich content that will communicate research outcomes from the NERP TE Hub to government, scientists, community groups and the general public.


  • Maintain existing content on the eAtlas website
  • Develop new content from NERP TE Hub projects, to ensure projects are documented and the data safely stored.
  • Provide a catalogue of NERP TE Hub projects to Research Data Australia (meta-data records).
  • Develop a Torres Strait eAtlas for NERP TE Hub research as well as Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) data holdings and priority historical Torres Strait research data.

Resources and tools

Reports, Publications and News


For more information see Project 13.1 'eAtlas for the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait' on the NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub site.



Publication on
15 December 2015
PreviewThis dataset is subset and aggregation of the current Queensland land use dataset (1999 - 2012) by Queensland Land Use Mapping Program (QLUMP) produced by the Queensland Government.
Publication on
3 March 2016
PreviewThis dataset shows the ocean side boundary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, excluding the inner boundary along the Queensland coastline.
Publication on
2 April 2016
PreviewThis dataset is a composite of Landsat 5 satellite imagery to produce a cloud free, clear water seamless image of the Torres Strait region. This image includes some of Cape York and PNG, in particular the Fly river.
Publication on
12 May 2016
PreviewThis dataset consists of 107 days of vessel tracking using the Automatic Identification System (AIS) at 1 hour intervals extracted for the Queensland region from the Spatial@AMSA Historic Vessel Tracking website (AMSA 2013).
Publication on
2 August 2016
PreviewThis dataset corresponds to a reformatting of the SRTM30_PLUS digital elevation dataset from 33 NetCDF files into a single GeoTiff for use in GIS applications. No other modifications to the data were done.