The Australian Tree Crop Map Dashboard has won first place at the 2021 Esri User Conference, which is the world’s largest event dedicated to geographic information system (GIS) technology. The ATCM Dashboard was developed by Craig Shephard and Joel McKechnie, researchers from the University of New England’s Applied Agricultural Remote Sensing Centre.
“We’re showing the world that the research tools and applications we’re producing here in Australia is of the highest standard,” Shephard said. “This really is a career highlight for Joel and I, having our work recognized at Esri US is the pinnacle. It puts our research center AARSC and UNE on the map, so to speak.”
According to citrusaustralia.com.au¸ the ATCM Dashboard was developed in response to the industry’s needs to better understand the extent (area and location of production) of their commercial operations >1ha.
Shephard and McKechnie started developing the ATCM Dashboard in 2020, as part of the Multi-scale Monitoring Tools for Managing Australian Tree Crops: Phase 2 research project. This research is driven by the support of Hort Innovation and these six Australian industries: avocado, citrus, macadamia, mango, banana and olive.