More than Maps

Understanding climate change impacts on our coastlines

Welcome to More than Maps Australia

Our aim is to enable student's to use state-of-the-art geospatial techniques to understand climate change impacts on our coastlines.

We've developed a series of workshops that demonstrate how you can combine satellite images, geospatial technologies, and socio-economic data to identify the fingerprint of climatic hazards on coastal regions and strategies to adapt to these challenges.

What will you learn?

You will learn techniques to analyse satellite and socio-economic data to identify the effect of climatic hazards on coastal ecosystems and communities. In these workshops, you will work with data collected from aeroplanes, cubesats, NASA's satellites, and collected by researcher's working with affected communities.

At the end of these workshops you will know how to detect damaged buildings from aerial images right after a tropical cyclone has passed through, tease out the change in mangrove vigour after marine heatwaves, and model how people's livelihoods change when climatic hazards damage ecosystems.

The case studies

Partners in the UK, Ghana, and Jamaica are developing and running similar workshops as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22 supported by the British Council.

The Workshops

The workshops are designed to last for about two hours. You will get introduced to a case study of how climatic change and hazards are impacting coastal ecosystems and communities. You will also be taught about geospatial data, how it used to monitor changes on the Earth's surface, and how derive insights from these changes to understand our changing planet and inform how we adapt to climate change. The skills you learn for analysing geospatial data will be transferable to other human and environmental issues such as deforestation, agriculture, and urban planning.


Tropical Cyclone Seroja

Map building damage in Kalbarri after Tropical Cyclone Seroja.


Mangrove Dieback in the Gulf of Carpentaria

Map and analyse a mangrove dieback event in the Gulf of Carpentaria.


Mangroves and Livelihoods in Fiji

Use satellite images and a virtual mangrove tour in Google Earth to see how Tropical Cyclone Winston affected mangroves and livelihoods.


Geospatial data

Learn about geospatial data and how it can be used to monitor changes on the Earth's surface.


(Satellite images - Google Earth: Imagery ©2021 Maxar Technologies, CNES / Airbus, Map data ©2021).


More information on how to get involved will be coming soon.

To complete these workshops you need to sign up for Google Earth Engine and access to a web browser.


The British Council Australia UK Season are interested in feedback about the Season. If you have one minute, please share your thoughts after completing a workshop. Thanks.

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The Instructors

We're a team of geographers, marine scientists, and geospatial analysts based at The University of Western Australia and The University of Sydney.