Australian Coastal Ecosystems Facility
The Australian Coastal Ecosystems Facility (ACEF) collects and distributes key coastal datasets for use in policy and management decisions about the protection and use of Australia's coastal assets, both marine and freshwater. It addresses data collection needs from fine scale to satellite collections of flora, fauna and biophysical properties of coastal ecosystems.
Australia's coastal and freshwater aquatic ecosystems are highly complex and dynamic, and are home to more than 85% of the Australian population. This situation puts great pressure on the ecosystems, and means that complex management responses are needed. Although some data collection programs exist (eg monitoring in coastal and freshwater ecosystems), many of the interactions between biophysical factors, time, weather conditions, management actions and changing climate are poorly understood.
ACEF aims to link past and ongoing research, future data collection, and the integration of knowledge by:
- establishing a coastal community of practice to bring together researchers, managers, industry and the community to identify key coastal datasets, improve technologies, and identify funding opportunities;
- identifying national datasets that need to be collected, and funding strategic research that addresses key gaps in datasets;
- providing an overview of coastal research efforts and early findings around Australia, and
- enabling better digital access to observational data, and to analysis and visualisation methods.
This is an Australian Coastal Ecosystem Facility (ACEF) project under TERN (Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Network).
TERN is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and the Super Science Initiative.