About the Data Explorer

Spatial environmental data and time series can be challenging to work with. The Explorer aims to provide direct access to data summaries as maps, accounts and charts. Data can be examined by point location, region and landcover type, compared to preceding years, or downloaded for further analysis. The explorer currently offers data on weather, fire, water, soils, vegetation and soils, as well as as the Environmental Condition Score as an overall summary indicator. Lack of fully spatial national-scale observations means that information is not available for several important aspects of our environment, such as biodiversity.


How to use the app

New to the site? You may wish to take a guided tour of the Explorer to get you started.


Where do the data come from?

You can find a brief description of the origin of each data layer by clicking the information icon (i) behind the indicator title in the map legend or chart box in the Data Explorer, as shown in the examples below.
Further details on the meaning and origin of the data in the Data Explorer can be found in the following short paper:

Van Dijk, A.I.J.M. and Rahman, J. (2019). Synthesising multiple observations into annual environmental condition reports: the OzWALD system and Australia’s Environment Explorer. In Elsawah, S. (ed.) MODSIM2019, 23rd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, December 2019, pp. 884–890.
ISBN: 978-0-9758400-9-2. https://doi.org/10.36334/modsim.2019.J5.vandijk 

For details on the data, including their origin and how to download them, follow this link.