Wednesday, 2 May 2012


If you have read my earlier post about the project, you would have understood that MARVLIS is a project primarily designed to enhance the MARVL project that has been funded through NeCTAR. The Primary outcomes from MARVLIS will be to:

  • generate a data collection for the Derwent publishable in the ANDS Data Commons (Note this is not a data mining exercise, the data are routinely used in environmental assessments, this is more about automatic collation and aggregation utilising MARVL infrastructure).
  • investigate two scenarios which are likely to arise in the management of aquaculture and environmental assessment. These scenarios consider aspects pertinent to both the aquaculture operations and environmental assessment, namely 1) public health, and 2) ecosystem health.
  • create a software library, compatible with MARVL, containing modules to generate data products of value to the scenarios.

So, aside from MARVLIS assisting MARVL by delivering a transportable library of 'functions', MARVLIS will be directly benefiting local business, organisations and community, who use and have a vested interest in the Derwent estuary.

Local shellfish and fish farmers will have access to current water quality and projects future trends, allowing them to be more productive and prepared for changes in the local eco-system. Local government and councils will also have access to additional information, allowing them to be more pro-active and informed, allowing them to better manage the Derwent estuary.

This new data provided by MARVLIS will help in the management of risks in regards to public health, and will lead to quicker closure and opening of farming and swimming beaches. It will also assist in building the local fishing industry through enhanced modelling and 'what-if' scenarios. Allowing new farms and infrastructure to be added for a sustainable future to the local Derwent eco-system.