eMAST works under an open mandate and promotes collaboration and sharing across the disciplines that it operates in. We assemble datasets of biological and ecological significant, and we develop, benchmark and share models for climate and terrestrial ecosystem applications. On top of this, we develop open software tools and frameworks to enhance the integration of data through space, time and across disciplines; most importantly to test, update and improve models applied in ecosystem science. Because of this – we work with a wide range of individuals, groups and organisations working in many different disciplines in ecosystem science.
Foundations for the future: a long-term plan for Australian ecosystem science lists over 60 discipline areas as part of ecosystem science (and the list isn’t exhaustive!). At least half of these are highly relevant to eMAST’s work (listed in red):
Atmospheric sciences Atmospheric chemistry Biogeochemistry Biogeography Biodiversity Biology Botany Carbon science Climatology Conservation Coral reef sciences Earth System science Ecology Economics Ecosystem dynamics Entomology Environmental Geoscience Environmental Health Environmental Science Environmental Management Evolution Fisheries Forestry Future casting Genetics Geochemistry Geoengineering Geography (and all of its variants) Geology (and all of its variants) Geomorphology Geospatial analysis Hydrology (and all of its variants) Information technology Land surface modelling Landscape systems Limnology Management (wildlife and ecosystem) Marine Ichthyology Marine and coastal studies Marine science Marine systems Meteorology Microbiology Mitigation science Monitoring Mycology Nutrient cycling Oceanography (Physical and biological) Pedology Phylogeography Plant Science (Terrestrial and aquatic, plant physiology) Political science Rangelands Range of different survey techniques (wildlife and ecosystem) Remote sensing Satellite communications Sedimentology Species and climate change Sociology Soil Sciences Statistics/Mathematics Vegetation science Zoology.
Moreover, eMAST shares the vision of Foundations for the future for:
- enhancing relationships between scientists and end-users
- making the most of data resources, and
- facilitating coordination, collaboration and leadership,
as defined in its key directions.