Technology empowers organisations and individuals to act and adapt to climate change.

Our environment is changing. We are world leaders in using mapping and location technology to analyse change and communicate climate change science effectively.

In Australia, coastal risk due to sea level rise is a threat we will face over the next century. As sea levels rise, billions of dollars worth of infrastructure and private property will be affected. Mapping technology gives people an easy to understand interface to interpret information and make decisions based on data.

For the first time Australians can visualise how their homes, neighbourhoods and favourite coastal spots could be vulnerable to rising sea levels driven by climate change. NGIS have developed a tool to help people see the possible scenarios of sea level rise and visualise how that will affect their neighbourhood.

See how your suburb is affected in our tool:
Coastal Risk Australia.

Adapt to climate change using spatial modelling

It is now well accepted that climate change is happening. What we need is a better way for our communities to predict, adapt and become resilient.

We provide a way to develop resilience by modeling our changing environment using high resolution location based data.

Evidence based empirical modelling is a smart way to analyse the impacts of climate change. Effective modelling coupled with the presentation of models through intuitive, easy to use map driven interfaces provides communities with a common language for understanding risk.

The models are used to identify at risk communities and critical infrastructure including the ability to identify temporal triggers. Through a better understating of risk and localised impacts, countries are better able to improve disaster preparedness, manage climate change adaptation and create climate resilient communities.

Watch the video below to see how we helped the Pacific Islands combat climate change.

Case study : Vanuatu Globe – United Nations award winning open platform tool helped with climate change adaptation

The Vanuatu Globe was implemented as an Open Data Initiative with the Government of Vanuatu to make core location based information available to Government, Private Industry, Non-Government Organisations and the public through online access. The Vanuatu Globe was initially designed as a communication tool to assist with Climate Change Adaptation and stakeholder engagement around predicted sea level rise in the Pacific and has now become an open access spatial data platform. The Vanuatu Globe is a self service portal for both 2D and 3D data with a focus on user experience and acceptance.

The Vanuatu Globe was presented by Google at the White House Climate Data Initiative Announcement. Google’s announcement at the White House showcased the visualization tools developed for Vanuatu as a leading example within the global spatial community.

The Vanuatu Globe was the first Open Data product produced by the Vanuatu Government and set a new precedent for sharing information both within government and with private industries, non government organisations and the public.

The Vanuatu Globe was a critical success factor for the Pacific Island Climate Change Adaptation and Capacity Building project that won the following awards:

  • Australia Pacific JK Barrie Award. The J.K. Barrie Award is the apex of achievement in the spatial industry and is the highest award the national panel of judges can confer
  • Australia Pacific Spatial Excellence Award for People and Community
  • Western Australia Spatial Excellence Award for People and Community
  • Victorian Spatial Excellence Award for People and Community
  • Vanuatu Globe project video

Read more about the United Nations award 

We have seen a lot of time and money wasted on buying data only for it to be lost in separate systems within Government Departments.

Open Data and open platforms enable government and non-government organisations to leverage the significant investment already being made into data and systems.

We use open map platforms to distribute critical information to key decision makers across organisations. Consolidating valuable data on an easy to use and intuitive maps interface drives major changes in organisations. It increases participation, transparency and results in products and processes that didn’t exist before. Data is not enough by itself. It needs to be in a place where everyone can access it. This leads to people working together to make better decisions.

Build sustainable capacity

Governments and Non-Government Organisations want to build robust capacity for the future. Many capacity building efforts fail to consider existing infrastructure and processes.

We provide valuable education that empowers governments to make more informed decisions and serve their communities better.

We provide fit for purpose GIS, IT and Knowledge training by partnering with government organisations to deliver sustainable capacity. We believe collaboration and country specific design are the keys to effective capacity building

Read case study below to understand how we build capacity for Vanuatu government.

Capacity building in the Pacific Islands

This project trained 195 people from 95 organisations to enhance the capacity of Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Samoa to undertake assessments of inundation exposure to key settlements and infrastructure at risk from sea level rise through the provision of critical baseline data, improved GIS capacity, and implementation of coastal inundation modelling.

The software and online spatial tools delivered as part of this project enabled maps to be printed and laminated for presentations to local communities. These flood maps provided an important mechanism for informing communities of their potential risk.

The online tools and maps were integrated into the education systems in each country so that the younger generation can understand the impacts of coastal inundation. Without these maps it would have been extremely difficult for the government departments to communicate the climate change risk to their citizens and communities. In some cases the platforms provided have implemented the first open data products for countries and delivered new capabilities for communication and collaboration between ministries and with the private sector and non-government organisations.

The value added benefits of providing the information and tools included:

  • The promotion and communications of climate and coastal risk to government departments and community through newspaper, television and radio stories covering the new information provided as part of the project.
  • An increase in the awareness of coastal inundation risks within government departments.
  • The IT and GIS upgrade within the government departments increased the usage of GIS data and inundation visualisation by government officers.
  • Numerous maps were printed and laminated within the training period. Some of these even being distributed to other agencies. The increased map quality and production created further awareness of the LiDAR data, GIS layers and coastal inundation risks.
  • Stronger cooperation and communications between governments departments involved in the training. There were follow-up meetings arranged between project participants, even discussions on how they could enhance each other’s projects.
  • The bathymetry has been given to the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to be included in Vanuatu’s nautical charts. Not only will this assist boating in Vanuatu, it will also increase cruise ship safety and enable ships to access new areas. The Vanuatu government saw this as an important contribution.

Make decisions and communicate using the universal language of maps

Nathan Eaton

Nathan.Eaton@ngis.com.au

Phone : +61 8 – 9355 6000