The Australian Soil Resource Information System (ASRIS) was initiated through the National Land and Water Resources Audit (NLWRA) in 1999. The initial release (ASRIS 2001) provided primary inputs for a broad range of simulation modeling studies supported by the NLWRA. These studies provided continental perspectives on erosion, sediment delivery to streams, nutrient cycling, acidification, net primary productivity, and water quality. The ASRIS 2001 team achieved a great deal given the short time available and daunting nature of the task. During the process, the project team and the Working Group on Land Resource Assessment (which acted as the Steering Committee) identified a series of deficiencies in the land resource information base for Australia. They also identified a logical pathway for overcoming these problems to ensure a greatly improved information base for natural resource management in Australia. The task was recognized to be long-term, requiring a permanent project team.
With this background, the Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Program (ACLEP) was commissioned by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to provide land managers, regional organizations, industry partners, policy specialists and technical experts in natural resource management, with online access to soil and land resource information, and assessments of land suitability. The information is to be available at a range of scales, and in a consistent and easy-to-use format across Australia. The activity must also provide a scientific framework for assessing and monitoring the extent and condition of Australia’s soil and land resources.
The Australian Soil Resource Information System is online and will provide the best available soil and land resource information for the country in a consistent format across the nation. This new release of ASRIS will provide:
ASRIS will include the original ASRIS 2001 soil information layers for the country in cases where improved coverages have not been generated. Contact the ACLEP team for further information.