The science of space relates to the properties, dynamics, and evolution of the solar system and humanity’s place therein, from the Sun to Earth’s ozone layer and then to the local interstellar medium.
In contrast, Australian astronomy currently focuses on ground-based studies of objects outside our solar system, while agriculture and the geosciences address the uses, characteristics, and environments of the solid Earth, oceans, hydrological systems, and atmosphere.
SpaceNet is a network that:
DIISR’s 2011 Strategic Roadmap proposes development of a broad enabling capability (like eResearch, Biological Collections, Fabrication etc.) in Space Science. This will fill a strategic gap in Australia’s national research infrastructure between targeted capability areas like Terrestrial Systems, Solid Earth, Astronomy etc.
Space involves multiple independent dynamical systems and so has strong links to areas like atmospheric, complex system, Earth system, and environmental science.
Australia’s 2013 space policy focuses on Earth observations from space (EOS), positioning, timing, navigation (PNT; e.g., GPS), communication services provided by satellites. These plus (geo)spatial information systems provide many of the basic tools that underlie modern agriculture, climate and environmental stewardship, financial systems, mineral and other natural resource management and extraction, and natural hazard detection and mitigation .
Such space-sourced data and services are increasingly important to Australia’s defence, economy, environmental stewardship, governance, security, and society. Imagine, for instance, modern Australia without EOS and GPS for global weather prediction, disaster / environmental /harvest / security monitoring, precision agriculture, and mineral exploration.
Australia’s first satellite utilisation policy was released in April 2013 and focuses strongly on EOS, PNT, and related space systems & services. A time window exists to establish national leadership in the space science and EOS applications domain and set a path towards a national space research & applications network, COEs, and CRCs.
We desire an EOS focus and to develop the breadth of SpaceNet across science, engineering, geosciences, sustainability, and agriculture. Measuring Amazon (and global) greenhouse emissions is increasingly important geopolitically and is only done reliably via EOS. Similarly for triple-bottom-line (economic, environmental, societal) analyses of space weather and climate change. SpaceNet will do such analyses with Brazilian & other international partners.
EOS services are absolutely crucial to modern Australia but over 40% of the free EOS data Australia currently relies on will likely be unavailable or costly by 2018.
SpaceNet involves novel EOS-focused instruments, satellites, and UAVs and analyses of EOS data on fundamental and applied research of national significance.
We develop the national, international, and cross-University impacts required to develop a leadership role in space research.
This goal delivers the space capabilities, assets, and tools that underpin SpaceNet and directly address the Decadal Plan, the 2011 Roadmap, and parts of the new Satellite Utilisation Policy.
This develops Geoscience Node Leader Mueller’s Laureate-funded research on the Virtual Geological Observatory (VIRGO) into a four-dimensional (time and 3D space) view of the global Earth via deep-time data-mining of geological and EOS data (Aus4D). Attracting major interest from Geoscience Australia, this will enable studies of mineral, agricultural, water, and energy resources, address the evolution of the Earth and solar system, and searches for Martian and lunar analogue sites etc.
This research focuses on the application of EOS and space weather data to land-sea-air evolution, resources, food security, & triple-bottom-line analyses.
EOS data are vital for the monitoring, detection, and classification of features and phenomena in coasts and oceans, the atmosphere, agriculture, vegetation, and ecosystems. The subgoals include the following.
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Our program connects our researchers and students with industry organisations, with the intention of adding to and strengthen research and services for both groups.
If so, then the University of Sydney’s new Space Research Network, Sydney SpaceNet, and in particular its Space Internships and Projects program, is relevant to your organisation.
The program is intended to:
We are focused on space and related scientific, engineering, agriculture, environmental, food security and economic issues.
Our work addresses vital national issues involving Earth observations from space (EOS) and the National Research Priorities of:
Our research goals include instrument and spacecraft technology, advanced geophysical and environmental modelling, and the use of space-derived data, for example: EOS, GIS, GNSS, and triple bottom-line accounting.
Our staff and students come from:
When you are developing an internship (> 3 months) or project (1 - 3 months), you may find it helpful to answer the following questions:
For more details and to ask any questions, please contact:
Our quarterly SpaceNet workshops bring together interested people across the university, refine and extend the research program and cross-Faculty and inter-School collaborations, and pursue research goals RG1 - RG3.
The themes are expected to be:
ECRs and students will play major roles in the workshops, developing their experience and cross-University links.
Our program is focused on developing Linkage grants, the Aus4D ARC / Geoscience Australia CoE, at least 1 CoE or CRC on space research, and linkages with existing international collaborators (e.g., Brazil, Europe, and the USA).
It will also address the future of SpaceNet, developing a strategic plan and positioning us to evolve into a national space research network and a major player in Australian space research and services.