Christchurch, New Zealand: The University of Canterbury has been formally accepted as an Essential Participant in the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). The New Zealand node of the Australian-based CRCSI was established in 2010 and is based in the New Zealand Geospatial Office.
By joining the CRCSI, the University aims to strengthen its leadership position in applied spatial science, both nationally and on the international stage, as well as provide new expertise and potential collaborations with existing CRCSI participants.
Mary Sue Severn, Director, CRCSI New Zealand, said, “Their participation will help build a strong hub in New Zealand for CRCSI’s applied spatial research underpinning economic growth, and contribute to spatial science capability growth in New Zealand.” Severn observed that there is a strong alignment between the University’s strengths and the CRCSI’s research programmes, including spatial infrastructures, health and agriculture/natural resources/climate change.
Wendy Lawson, Dean of Science and Department of Geography said, “Our CRCSI membership builds on our other recent and leading developments in spatial sciences, including the launch of the first Masters in Geographic Information Science in New Zealand in 2011, which is being delivered collaboratively with Victoria University of Wellington.”
Colin MacDonald, Chief Executive of LINZ said, “The University’s active involvement will have a positive influence on those key government and private sector organisations who are developing their own cases for joining the CRCSI.”