Spotlight on Geoscience Australia
February 23, 2017

Australia: A Continent on the Move

Did you know that Australia sits on one of the Earth’s fastest moving tectonic plates and is moving north east by approximately seven centimeters a year? Australian scientists are working on moving Australia’scoordinate reference frame, the Geocentric Datum of Australia 1994 (GDA94) to reflect our actual position in the world. The GDA94 underpins all spatial data and mapping in Australia, and ensures access to the most accurate location-based data available. This is significant when it comes to the use of equipment or spatial data that relies on accurate positioning data.

IGS contributing organisation Geoscience Australia is the Australian Government science body responsible for developing and maintaining the Geocentric Datum of Australia, and ensuring it is of the highest technical…

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