Spatial Portal Case Studies

Spatial Portal Case Studies

Wind, wind-farms, birds and bats

Insights and predictions from the Atlas of Living Australia Authors: Eric Woehler and Lee Belbin Dr Eric Woehler Lee Belbin About the authors Wind is a significant and growing alternative energy source for Australia and other countries, with areas in southern Australia identified as suitable sites for wind farms. Wind farms around the world are […]

Finding Pinot Noir - an example of how to use the Atlas

I like good wine. Fortunately these days, Australia has a huge number of excellent value wines. After many years enjoying Australia’s wonderful Shiraz, I’ve transitioned through Cabernets to Pinot Noir. However, finding good Pinot Noir is a lot harder than finding good Shiraz.


ALA4R is the first version of an R programming language package, which enables the R community to directly access data and resources hosted by the Atlas of Living Australia. Our goal is to enable outputs (e.g. observations of species) to be queried and output in a range of standard formats so that extensive analyses can be done in […]

Prediction case study

Where could the Greater Glider be? Author: Dr Jane Elith, The University of Melbourne, School of Botany Dr Jane Elith, The University of Melbourne About the author Ecologists, field naturalists and all sorts of people might ask such a question. The greater glider, Petauroides volans (Kerr, 1792), is Australia’s largest glider, an arboreal marsupial that […]

Classification case study

Landscape classification using the Atlas of Living Australia Author: Professor Brendan Mackey, The Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University Prof Brendan Mackey, The Australian National University About the Author Introduction Our capacity to analyse space and time patterns in biological, ecological and environmental phenomena was transformed in the 1980’s by Geographic […]

Scatterplot case study

Exploring patterns in biodiversity data Author: Dr Ben Raymond, Australian Antarctic Division, Hobart Dr Ben Raymond, Australian Antarctic Division About the Author The Atlas of Living Australia provides access to a wealth of biodiversity data, as well as a suite of analysis tools that allow users to explore patterns in species occurrences and their relationships […]

Tabulation Case Study

Author: Lee Belbin Tabulation in the Spatial Portal of the Atlas of Living Australia is a powerful way of comparing how species and areas are partitioned. Think of tabulations as the categorical (class) equivalent to scatterplots. Scatterplots display species occurrences against two environmental variables represented as X and Y-axes, for example ‘Mean annual temperature’ or […]