Australia: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australian National University, Geoscience Australia and the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation jointly mapped Australia’s water resources, Herald Sun reported. It is the latest in a series of products based on the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data collected by the NASA shuttle Endeavour in 2000.
Federal Innovation Minister Kim Carr said this map would be a fantastic tool for organisations like the Bureau of Meteorology, the CSIRO and all levels of government to improve water resource management in Australia. “It provides the best ever maps of terrain shape and water flow paths across the continent and is expected to dramatically improve our understanding of Australia’s landscape and water resources,” he added.
Dr Bill Young, Director of CSIRO’s Water for a Healthy Country programme said, “This new computer model using NASA-developed technology will provide the most sophisticated mapping of the dry continent ever.”