News New DEA roadmap

The Digital Earth Australia Program Roadmap details our in-flight and future projects 

Published:17 May 2020

Abstract image showing Australian landscape as captured by satellite

The Digital Earth Australia (DEA) Program Roadmap describes the high-level work plan to be undertaken by DEA with the objectives of delivering clear benefits to Australian government, industry and community.  

It communicates the broad areas in which DEA sees opportunity to offer valuable insights for its stakeholders.  

We encourage all stakeholders to read the Program Roadmap and engage with us to identify opportunities where DEA products and services might meet your project needs. 

Report excerpt: 

While the DEA program is intentionally focused on the building blocks of future capability — those projects which are currently underway, and those which are on the horizon — it is important that the program maintain a view beyond the horizon that is both ambitious and formative. 

To ensure it remains relevant and continues to deliver value, DEA must keep pace with the rapidly growing demand for information, the expanding capabilities of observation platforms, and evolution of integrative data-rich science. These developments will push the boundaries of current technologies and thinking about how DEA and Earth observations can be used to address national and global environmental challenges. 

The long-term goal of most Earth monitoring is environmental forecasting. To achieve its full potential, DEA must aim to provide a forecast; the ability to advise on “What will happen if...?”, as we do for the weather, the climate, national revenues and expenses, and global populations. The establishment of a meaningful forecast for land and water provides a focus for the longer-term direction of DEA. Over time, DEA will move from characterising and detecting changes to the Earth’s surface, through to modelling and prediction.  

Read the Program Roadmap here 

Banner image: Surrounded by sand dunes, Lake Disappointment is an ephemeral salt lake in one of the most remote areas of Western Australia. An early explorer supposedly named the lake in 1897 after following a number of creeks that he thought would lead to a large lake; they did, but the lake's extremely salty water was not drinkable. Image courtesy of the NASA/USGS Landsat public collection.