The project is a collaboration between the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society, CSIRO Land and Water, Geoscience Australia and the Bureau of Meteorology. The overall aim is to develop the Australian Hydrological Geospatial Fabric - the Geofabric. This is a geospatial information system designed to support the management of Australia's water resources within a single, consistent, national framework. It provides comprehensive information on the spatial location, relationships and characteristics of the hydrological features of the Australian continent.
The Fenner School has been centrally involved in four major activities to date:
The project began in 2008 when the Bureau of Meteorology commenced the development of the Australian Hydrological Geospatial Fabric (the Geofabric), in partnership with Geoscience Australia, CSIRO Land and Water and the Australian National University Fenner School. The partnership is aimed at supporting the Bureau's new functions in water information under the Water for the Future program and Water Act (2007), and to integrate this with Geoscience Australia's mandate to support a broad range of Australian Government, community and industry requirements for spatial information. The Geofabric is intended to underpin the Australian Water Resources Information System (AWRIS) within a single, consistent, national geospatial framework for hydrological features.