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1 Dynamic Generation of Online Interactive Ecosystem Report Cards Microsoft eScience 2008 Jane Hunter, The University of Qld

2 Overview Background and Objectives Architecture and Implementation User interface and functionality Demo Conclusions and Future Work Microsoft eScience 2008

3 Health-e-Waterways Project Collaboration between: Microsoft Research (Catharine van Ingen) Healthy Waterways Partnership (Eva Abal) DNRW, EPA, Local Councils, Universities University of Qld (Jane Hunter) 3 years funding – MSR, ARC Linkage, SmartState Integrated Water Information Management for SEQ-HWP

4 Where are we? Fast growing population Severe water shortages Sensitive ecosystems Climate change and drought

5 Implemented a cost-effective and integrated regional monitoring programme 254 estuarine and marine sites (sampled monthly) 127 freshwater sites (sampled 2x/yr)

6 Health-e-Waterways Databases FreshWater EHMP - Dept. Natural Resources and Water (DNRW) Estuarine Marine EHMP - EPA Event Monitoring – DNRW Management Action Database – SEQ-HWP Models – many different sources/locations Receiving Water, EMSS, E2

7 Freshwater Data The data is being captured and managed by DNRW 127 freshwater sites across the catchments. 16 Indicators from 5 categories: Physical and chemical – pH, Conductivity, temp, dissolved O 2 Nutrients - Ratio of nitrogen stable isotopes (δ 15 N), algal growth Ecosystem processes - Algal growth, Ratio of carbon stable isotopes (δ 13 C), Benthic respiration (R 24 ) Primary production GPP Aquatic macroinvertebrates – No. taxa, PET, SIGNAL Fish- % of native species expected (PONSE), Observed to expected native species (O/E 50 ), Proportion of alien fish Surveys are conducted every 6 months, spring and autumn. Survey data stored in Oracle relational database.

8 Estuarine/Marine The data is being captured and managed by the Environmental Protection Agency 254 Sites in South East Queensland: 168 sites from 19 estuaries 86 from Moreton Bay 14 Indicators : Turbidity, Salinity, Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, pH, Secchi depth, Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Chlorophyll. Lyngbya Majuscula (seaweed) cover. Sewage plume mapping Coral Cover Surveys are conducted monthly, biannually and annually. Survey results will be stored in an Oracle relational database.

9 Event Monitoring The data is being captured and managed by the Dept of NRW 60 to 100 sites across South East Queensland Proprietary software known has HYDSTRA by the Kisters group is used to store the data Compressed files store time-series data for each site River height, Daily Min/Mean/Max flow Pollutants Events - floods Supporting information is also stored: E.g. water parameters, survey technicians Raw data is less useful than interpreted data

10 Managed by SEQ-HWP Tracks Action Plans that are part of the Healthy Waterways Strategy Approximately 550 actions are stored in the database 2003 Access database: Access relational tables back-end Access forms front-end Interface and actions is organised through a 4 tier hierarchy Management Action Database (MAD)

11 Many different models used for catchment hydrology The model simulations forecast and emulate climate scenarios Written in many different languages for a variety of purposes and users - Fortran Focus on 3 Models: EMSS (Environmental Management Support System) Catchment Model Receiving Water Model E2 Models

12 EHMP Estuarine/Marine EHMP Freshwater EHMP Event Monitoring Model scenarios, outputs Bureau of Meteorology Landuse Demography Etc. Health-e-Waterways Web Portal Water Wiki VirtualEarth SensorMap General Public Example Query: What will be the ecosystem health outcomes of the implementation of landscape restoration works in the Logan Albert System by 2026? Management Actions SEQ Water State Government Researchers Local Governments Water Resource Managers Remote Sensors Scientists Hydrologists Data Ontology and Server Web Services Data Integration Data Lineage Uncertainty Propagation Models and Workflows QCIF Grid Computing &Storage SECURITYLAYERSECURITYLAYER

13 Approach Streamline Annual EHMP Report Card Generation Search, analysis, reporting interface to integrated databases Identify common conceptual model (ODM, OpenGIS, WRON-RM) Map datasets to common model Identify optimum data harvesting and storage Store in SQLServer DB or Jena Web services interface to in-situ data Metadata harvesting -> central catalogue Develop VirtualEarth+ontology-based query interface

14 What Publicised output of the SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership Easy-to-understand snapshot of ecosystem health A to F Provides an insight into the effectiveness of investments in waterway and catchment management Split into two reporting zones, freshwater and estuarine/marine Each has its own objectives, parameters, methods and analysis What is the Report Card?

15 Annual Ecosystem Report Cards 2001200220032004200520062007 C # B+ # CC+C- FRESHWATER REPORT CARD GRADES Pumicestone Catchment Grade history: # combined grade for Caboolture-Pumicestone catchments snapshot of ecosystem health A to F insight into the effectiveness of investments in catchment management

16 How How is the Report Card Used? How the Report Card is Used

17 CUAHSI HydroSeek - Water Quality in Moreton Bay

18 Common EHMP Ontology

19 Triple Store Web Services Statistical Processing Reasoning Client Silverlight & Virtual Earth Client Interactive Ecosystem Report Card Application EHMP Ontology Remote Sensor Reasoning Engine Administrator SPARQL Query Client EHMP Databases Jena.NET Plugin







26 Interactive Ecosystem Report Cards

27 Outcomes Common Observational Data Model ODM 2.0? Water data, climate data, vegetation, species distribution, satellite imagery Framework for Semantic Integration of Ecosystem Health Monitoring Data ICT Framework for Web-based Environmental Reporting Standardized methods for measuring and aggregating indicators -> Ecosystem reports Comparison and longitudinal trends Wentworth Group – an exemplar for environmental reporting


29 Future Work Link monitoring data to management actions Integration of: MODIS satellite data, BoM climate data Real-time sensor data Community data – ReefCheck, CoralWatch, Caring for Country Socio-economic data - demographics Extend to Great Barrier Reef /Centre for Marine Studies Analytical services correlate ground data to derived data from satellite images Linking predictive models to integrated datasets Visualizations of model output Estimate uncertainty/reliability of results Ranked search results


31 User-Driven/Ontology-based Spatio-temporal Queries Combine monitoring data + Model outputs + socio- economic models/data How will the mandatory adoption of rainwater tanks in the Logan Region effect domestic water requirements in 5 years time, taking into account the effects of climate change and population growth in the region? What impact will a $20mill sewage treatment plant upgrade have on on the prawn industry in the Logan Estuary if implemented now?

32 Acknowledgements Abdul Alabri – University of Qld Microsoft Research – Catharine van Ingen, Bora Beran Healthy Waterways Partnership – Eva Abal, Jo Burton, Dave Moffat CUAHSI – Dave Maidment, Michael Piasecki CSIRO – Simon Cox, AWRIS

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