|Submission Date||July 15, 2020|
University of Tasmania
IN-50: Innovation D
|0.50 / 0.50||
Infrastructure Services and Development
Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:
Redmap stands for Range Extension Database and Mapping project. This project invites Australians to share sightings of marine species that are ‘uncommon’ to their local seas. Over time, Redmap will use this ‘citizen science’ data to map which Australian marine species may be extending their distribution range – a.k.a moving house - in response to changes in the marine environment, such as ocean warming (https://www.imas.utas.edu.au/community/citizen-science/citizen-science-lbs/citizen-science/redmap).
Redmap members use their knowledge of the seas to help monitor Australia’s vast coastline. The citizen science data also highlights regions and species that may be experiencing more distribution changes, so that research can be focused into these areas.
Redmap Tasmania first made waves in 2009 when it was launched from the University of Tasmania Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) by Dr Gretta Pecl. Redmap came from the idea of capturing information that everyday people can contribute - particularly fishers, divers and boaters - to help record and track potential changes in the distribution of marine species . Redmap is an online tool (http://www.redmap.org.au/) that captures important information on species ranges by extending the research team to include citizen scientists to amass far more data than a pure research monitoring system could. Additional benefits come in raising awareness amongst all of us that use or enjoy the marine environment, of the potential changes in our marine ecosystems
The Redmap project has been very well-received by the Tasmanian community – in terms of valuable contributions, lots of community support and also in terms of merit (see below). Expansion of the project was made possible through several successes in the following funding opportunities – each contributing to various parts of the project development:
Tasmanian Community Fund
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Australian National Data Service
Climate Connect, Tasmanian Climate Change Office
We want to acknowledge the generous contributions of so many others without whom the project would not be the success it is today. Particularly we would like to thank the ongoing support from the Australian public – whether you have logged a sighting, visited our website, mentioned our project to fishers or divers or drank from one of our water bottles. We are grateful and acknowledge with pride the public contribution to the Redmap project.
Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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