Welcome to http://www.ausdams.org/ – a free interactive portal to share data on Australian farm damsOUR CHALLENGE
Our mission is to improve water security in Australia by bringing together the latest scientific knowledge, tools and applications on precious freshwater stored in farm dams.
Farm dams are ubiquitous and drive AU$17.7 billion of agricultural value in Australia. Yet, we don’t even know how many they are! There has never been a census of Australian farm dams, with only ballpark estimates ranging from “half a million” to “several millions” reported by Federal documents and scientific articles.
We designed AusDams.org to meet the need for a nation-wide database on density, distribution, water capacity, and historical trends of artificial dams in Australia. Just navigate on our map to any area of Australia to access data and generate statistics, plots and tables on various aspects of farm dams in the specific region.
Farm dams are key for several environmental and ecological processes – they support biodiversity, regulate greenhouse gas emissions, and cycle nutrients – and we hope that AusDams.org will facilitate the communication of basic information to help turning research into management practice, both in Australia and worldwide. We are committed to keep expanding the data in AusDam.org as they become available.
DETAILS OF THE METHODS
Our farm dam database is now published in Remote Sensing! The PDF is freely available at: https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/13/2/319/. See the article for all details of our methods.