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Spatial Portal Case Studies

Wind, wind-farms, birds and bats

Page contents:Insights and predictions from the Atlas of Living AustraliaThe Spatial Portal of The Atlas of Living AustraliaWind-farmsWind-farms and collisionsBird and bat distributionsIntersecting the vulnerable assemblage and high wind areasConclusions and future directionsAbout the AuthorsReferencesAcknowledgementsLink to Woolnorth Holdings Wind Farm DataSpatial Portal Functions used Insights and predictions from the Atlas of Living Australia Authors: Eric […]

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 […]

Classification case study

Page contents:Landscape classification using the Atlas of Living AustraliaIntroductionWhy do we want to classify landscapes?What are the benefits of numeric classification?The Case StudyHelp on the ClassificationAbout the authorContributors to this pageScientific ReferencesReferenced links Landscape classification using the Atlas of Living Australia Author: Professor Brendan Mackey, The Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National […]

Scatterplot case study

Page contents:Exploring patterns in biodiversity dataExample: Banksia integrifoliaFinding Errors and OutliersAssessing Survey EffortHelp on the ScatterplotAbout the authorContributors to this pageScientific References 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 […]

Tabulation Case Study

Page contents:About the AuthorReferences 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 […]

Where could the Greater Glider be?

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 feeds on Eucalyptus leaves at night and shelters in tree hollows during the day. We have records of where it has been observed, but where else might it be? Species distribution models are often used to answer such questions.