The Carbon Link team have been working with the Spatial Imagery CRC as they develop a new tool that combines the vast amount of satellite, mapping, spatial imagery available into a useful management tool for producers.
Turning Big Data into Better Decisions
The NRM Spatial Hub initiative have released a simple, secure online tool for mapping, planning and analysis. The NRM Spacial Hub in an online property planning and information system (OPPIS) that goes beyond any other technology available today.
What it can do:
- Infrastructure mapping (image 1). Import current and planned infrastructure, including fences, water, roads, buildings etc. Assists in creating and asset register for depreciation and/or insurance.
- Land type mapping (image 2). Better understand on-ground environments and land types across your property.
- Grazing circles (image 3). Visually capture grazing efficiencies across different climates and water planning scenarios. Provides areas on the property that are watered and unwatered under different scenarios.
- Digital infrastructure planning (image 4). Accurately assess distance between points taking into consideration topography. Especially useful for for waterline and fenceline planning.
- Export maps and reports (image 5). Various online and offline formats to export the data into, including, GPS to allow accurate construction of proposed fence water lines.
- Ground cover analysis. The thing that Carbon Link really excited about. Analyses ground cover from the last 30 years. Compares cover statistically between paddocks and/or local regions via satellites.
- Potential carrying capacity analysis. Combines land type, infrastructure and land conditions to estimate the potential long-term carrying capacity.
- It also supports any lease requirements. Provide solid data as proof of maintaining ground cover etc.
Why we’re excited to tell you about this:
Carbon Link has been working with the CRC.SI closely to further develop this tool so that it can be used in meeting methodology requirements for carbon trading. The fractional ground cover and satellite analysis reports are of particular interest.
CRC.SI are undergoing continuous development to increase the accuracy of livestock carrying capacity. At the moment, most of the assumptions in terms of livestock carrying capacity are based on set stocking systems.
We see this as being a complimentary service that RCS advisors can use to help with development, infrastructure and grazing management plans whilst working on farm with clients.
This is currently a free service, however, is likely to attract a fee next financial year. Unfortunately there are some restrictions to accessing some properties across Australia.
Article by Sam Anderson
Project Officer with Carbon Link