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Field Calibration/Validation Data

Field Calibration/Validation Data

Last modified by Bec Farrell on 2020/08/21 10:58

This page contains links to information and resources relating to the collection and management of field data by AusCover. For information on how this field data is used to validate AusCover Products, see the Field Validation of Key Variables page. For any further information regarding the AusCover field data please contact

AusCover collects and hosts data for a number of core remote sensing field calibration/validation data sets at sites Australia wide. 

These data sets include:

  • Airborne Data (Hyperspectral, LiDAR and Thermal)
  • Hyperspectral Ground Calibration Data
  • SLATS star transects
  • Ground LiDAR
  • UAV Flights
  • Pasture Biomass Data
  • Tree structural characteristics
  • Hemispherical photography
  • Aerosol optical depth and ozone
  • Leaf sampling (spectra and chemistry)
  • Leaf area index (LAI)


Access to Data

Access to the Field Calibration/Validation Data
Access to the various AusCover calibration and validation data sets occurs through either the AusCover visualisation portal or via the product's metadata records (see entries under Site-Based Data Sets). This link leads to a brief tutorial on how to best access the data, via the visualisation portal.

FTP Access to Data
All airborne, imagery and instrument data is available in different formats via the AusCover THREDDS server. However, due to the size of some of the data sets, an FTP server has also been enabled to allow another avenue for download. This link provides details on how to connect to that server.

Background Information

Field Data Collection Protocols
AusCover collects data for a number of core remote sensing calibration and validation data sets at the AusCover Supersites.  This link contains the specific field data collection protocols used for each data set. 

Field Data Collection Forms
AusCover data collection tools for each of the core AusCover data sets consists of an electronic (Open Data Kit) form and a supporting paper form. This link contains details of how to access and use the electronic forms, as will as links to download the hard-copy paper forms.

AusCover Filenaming Convention
The AusCover filenaming convention for instrument files has been adopted from the established Queensland DSITIA's Remote Sensing Centre convention. This convention has numerous benefits facilitating automated processing. Each product's metadata contains some specific information on it's filenaming, however, this link provides greater detail on the development and standards of the convention.

AusCover Field Data Management System

AusCover actively collects data for remote sensing calibration and validation through its involvement in the Supersites network, but also hosts suitable data from other sources. This link contains details on the field data management system and also information on having your data hosted by AusCover.

Data Registers

Terrestrial Laser Scanning International Interest Group Brisbane 2013 Experiment

National Airborne Lidar Registry

National Terrestrial Laser Scanning Registry

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