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Australian geoscience body gets USD 43 million

Australia: Australian scientists will be able to scratch much deeper beneath the earth’s surface following the launch of a USD 43 million geoscience body, AuScope. It is a not-for-profit collaboration between universities, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and other science organisations, and is set to offer a big helping hand when it comes to issues such as climate change.

Climate change and geospatial research were likely to receive the biggest focus. AuScope will pick up some critical signs such as changes in sea level, atmospheric circulation and the water cycle to better inform the world about climate change, according to Kim Carr, Science Minister.

The geospatial bandwagon, which is likely to see big advancements over the next five years with the expected launch of over 100 global navigation satellite systems, will ensure Australia capitalises on its commercial opportunities.

“It will be a landmark study into land marks. Among its many goals, AuScope hopes to lift the lid on the earth’s subsurface, revealing the composition of the top one km as well as provide a clear picture about the deeper crust,” added Carr.

AuScope, comprising 10 universities, the CSIRO, Geoscience Australia as well as state and territory geological survey organisations, should put Australia at the forefront of geoscience, Senator Carr said.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald