The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has unveiled its coastal research website at the Australian Coastal Councils Conference in Hobart to help coastal councils and developers improve planning decisions.
The Coastal Research Webportal, developed in collaboration with the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), will enable coastal councils and developers to find local and national coastal research and projects online.
The website, which will be managed by TERN, uses a Google Maps interface and features simple and acronym-free research summaries, as well as providing links to freely available data and research.
According to Dr Andy Steven from CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Flagship, the new portal will be helpful to those in the areas of coastal planning and management.
“By creating a central Webportal to access the latest research data, decision makers will be able to better evaluate proposals for their communities,” he said in a statement.
“The website will also allow scientists and decision makers to investigate possible collaborations, to promote scientific research, and to identify any research gaps.”
According to the CSIRO, the Coastal Research Webportal was created in response to the lack of awareness local councils had in the availability of coastal research online.
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