Climatewatch is the winner of the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Award in the category of "Environment & Sustainability"
Climatewatch is also the winner of the Western Australia Spatial Excellence Award in the category of "Environment & Sustainability"
The Climatewatch project is a project developed by Earthwatch Australia and its partners to understand the effects that climate change is having on Australia's biodiversity. Climatewatch was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, on 21st September, 2009.
Gaia Resources built the biological data recording system that underpins much of the site, and ensured robust connections back to the content management system side of the site, firstly managed by DDSN in Melbourne, and then by The Frontier Group in Perth. The biological data recording system side of the site ensures that data is entered cleanly, and provides an intuitive interface for people to use when recording their records on the indicator species chosen by the Climatewatch Scientific Advisory Panel. The underlying technologies used in this site include Java, SpringMVC, Hibernate and Postgresql with PostGIS extensions. It also uses OpenLayers and Google maps data in the mapping interface.
This project was built using funding from the Atlas of Living Australia, and the application is being further developed as part of work Gaia Resources is undertaking with the ALA in 2010, including mobile data recording.
For more information, why not become a Climatewatcher yourself? Anyone can participate in this project by registering and then starting to record information about the animals and plants that you see. Register by following this link and start recording!