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Below is an overview of Landcare Research capabilities that are potentially relevant to the Freshwater Interoperable modelling project. The overview divides the capabilities into

  • technological including hardware and software
  • skills including modelling skills
  • relevant projects
  • data including databases and collections.

The decision was made to be broad and comprehensive in the first place and filter the information later as necessary.

TECHNOLOGICAL

  • Hardware* Fully meshed wide area network linking 9 site LAN’s.  (Auckland, Hamilton, Havelock North, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Lincoln, Dunedin and Alexandra).
  • KAREN and Telecom OneOffice network connectivity. (KAREN at Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Lincoln, Dunedin).
  • Linked Novell Netware 6.5 and Microsoft Active Directory network.
  • Disk array and\or SAN based data storage at sites.
  • Comvault Systems enterprise data backup and recovery.  
  • All staff have access to a personal computer (desktop or laptop)
  • UNIX Workstations (Lincoln, Palmerston North)
  • Spatial Ecology Lab with high specification windows workstations and associated project management system (Hamilton)
  • Cluster computer for grid computing  (Palmerston North)
  • Web servers, Internet portal, and security (firewalls) (Lincoln)
  • Video Conferencing facilities (both desktop and room based systems)* Software
    • Standard Software (installed on all computers)
      • MS Office 2007 including Internet Explorer
      • Genstat (Statistics Package)
      • SigmaPlot (Graphing Package)
      • MapToaster v 5.0
      • ZipGenius
    • Other Common Software
      • MS Sharepoint (InfoFile) for project-based file sharing
      • R
      • SPlus
      • ArcGIS, ArcView (GIS software)
      • Imagine (Image processing, spatial analysis)
      • GAMS (Economic)
      • GAMS (Ecological, implemented as GRASP)
      • Software Development
        • MS Visual Studio .Net
        • MS Visual Basic
        • Python
        • Java
        • Numerous open-source software used primarily by Informatics

SKILLS

  • Programming Skills
    • .Net
    • MS Office Suite
    • Web programming (HTML, XML, etc.)
    • C Sharp (Microsoft flavour of C++)
    • C++
    • Java
    • Visual Basic
    • R
  • Spatial Analysis
    • Primarily via ArcGIS but some also use imagine
  • Biometrician (Lincoln)
  • Library Science (Lincoln + Auckland

RELEVANT PROJECTS

  • Relevant Projects
  • Involving some element of integration; not necessarily immediately relevant to FW Interoperable Modelling but useful for awareness of future links
  • Relevant LCR staff are listed in parentheses
  • CLUES (Robert Gibb, Allan Hewitt)
  • Integrated model to assess impacts of land-use change on water quality and various aspects of farm economics
  • LCR provides
    • Land Use New Zealand (LUNZ) land use data layer
    • Ensus for soils
  • IRAP – Integrated Research for Aquifer Protection (Linda Lilburne)
    • Integrated model to assess impacts of land use on ground water quality
    • ESRI ArcGIS; .NET Visual Basic and ArcObjects + C# numerical algorithms for g/w flows (LVL)
  • Motueka ICM (Andrew Fenemor)
    • Integrated catchment management project
    • IDEAS Framework for Integration of Modelling with Policy and Planning
  • Creating Futures (Daniel Rutledge, Robbie Price)
    • WISE – Integrated Spatial Decision Support System
    • Based on GEONAMICA, a proprietary software package for creating decision support systems/policy support systems from the Research Institute for Knowledge Systems in the Netherlands
  • Ecosystem Services
    • MSI funded work to develop an interoperable modelling framework based on open-source solutions to support modelling for future trends in land systems and their implications for ecosystem services (Daniel Rutledge, Robbie Price)
    • Cap Fund project that integrates several services using a framework based on ?? (Norm Mason, Fiona Carswell, Robbie Price)
  • §  SLMACC Integrated Assessment (James Lennox)
  • Project to enhance NZ capability in Integrated Assessment Modelling such that NZ can run global scenarios and better explore both repercussions and responses by NZ
  • Loose coupling of several models including CGE (Computable General Equiliibrium for economics), MAGICC (global climate change), ScenGen (for spatially distributing global climate change) and crop modelling (under investigation)

DATA

  • Databases
    • Ant Distributions
    • Tussock Grasslands Moths
    • NZ Lizards Database
    • Rabbit Mgmt Info
    • Fauna of NZ
    • NZ Fungi
    • Land Resource inventory (National Significant Database)
    • National Vegetation Survey
    • Flora of NZ Series
    • Nga Tipu Aoeatroa – NZ Plants
    • Nga Tipu Whakaoranga – Maori Plant Use
    • NZ Plant Phlylogeny
    • Land Environments of New Zealand
    • Protected Areas Network New Zealand (PAN-NZ)
    • Fundamental Soils Layers
    • National Soils Database
    • S-map
  • o    Collections
    • National Nematode Collection
    • NZ Fungal Herbarium
    • ICMP (plant bacteria)
    • Allan Herbarium
    • NZ National Flax Collection
    • Ti Kouka Collection (cabbage trees)
  • Numerous unofficial and derived data products also available
  • LCR Library – extensive collection of books, journals, reports, etc.
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