Community DustWatch provides continuous, objective data in partnership with the community. The Community DustWatch network is a partnership between the community and government to monitor regional dust levels. DustWatch Nodes (DWN) are sites equipped with dust monitoring instruments and managed by volunteers.

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Community DustWatch produces:

Reporting tools – maps, statistics and imagery
Research - publications and information derived from the networks.
Education tools to raise awareness about land management issues.

The community DustWatch Nodes are run by the Community DustWatch team.
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Monitoring dust activity

Monitoring dust activity with instrumentation such as deposition traps and high volume air samplers has been occurring for about three decades. This monitoring has been sporadic due to the project nature of the work. The inception of Community DustWatch in 2002 and the establishment of the network of DustWatch Nodes in 2005 has greatly improved both the spatial and temporal scales of monitoring.

DustWatch Nodes monitor dust concentration of particles less than 10 microns in diameter (PM10) in the air every 15 minutes. If the dust concentrations is greater than 25ug per cubic metre, the sampling is every minute.

PM10 monitors that are maintained and operated by volunteer DustWatchers. There are currently 41 PM10 DustWatch Nodes operating. The PM10 data are sampled with DustTrak® sensors which are portable, battery-operated laser photometers which give real-time mass concentration within the particle-size range 0.1 – 10 µm.


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Acknowledgements

Community DustWatch is coordinated by the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage. DustWatch would not be possible without funding from: Caring for our Country; Lachlan, Lower Murray Darling, Murrumbidgee and Murray CMAs in NSW; The Mallee CMA and North Central Catchment Management Authorities in Victoria; Department of Agriculture and Food WA, Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management in West Australia; and in-kind contributions from: Gwydir and Western CMAs in NSW; Eyre Peninsula and Murray Darling Basin NRMs in South Australian; and Griffith University in Queensland.

 

About Community DustWatch

The Community DustWatch team is led by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. The Community DustWatch team monitor dust levels across Australia and provide regular reports and a report archive that are available online through the Office of Environment and Heritage (http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/dustwatch).

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For more information, contact the project manager, Dr John Leys.

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Wind erosion in NRM regions

Use the map to identify the months which were most, or least, affected by wind erosion in recent years (2000-2012). Data is available for most NRM regions of Australia. Use the knowledge to strengthen your wind erosion and ground cover management planning. 

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The wind erosion data is a record of which months suffered wind erosion most, and which didn't. The graph shows the percentage of the NRM region affected by varying degrees of erosion (from Very Low to Very High wind erosion). When viewed together as a time period (2000-2012), you can see which months/years were 'good' years, and which years suffered more erosion than usual.

Modelled Wind Erosion uses a numerical model called CEMSYS (Computational Environmental Management System) to create modelled monthly and annual wind erosion maps of Australia at 50 km resolution. For each pixel (50 km x 50km), a wind erosion severity level was calculated and classified as either very low, low, moderate, high or very high erosion. Then for each Natural Resource Management (NRM) region the percentage of land area affected by each wind erosion severity class was calculated. Read more about the project...

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The geographic markers in the map are 'NRM regions'. These are natural resource management regions as defined by the Australian Government, and further refined as per the report by Leys et al. 2009 "Improving the capacity to monitor wind erosion in Australia"

Data source Data source

The data is sourced from the numerical model CEMSYS ((Computational Environmental Management System). Time period: 2000-2012. Read more about the CEMSYS model...

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For more information, contact the project manager, Dr Harry Butler.

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Browse reports

Community DustWatch monitoring reports are produced monthly and recent report are available on the OEH web site at: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/dustwatch/dwreports.htm and archive reports for 2009 and 2010 at http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/dustwatch/dwreportarchive.htm

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Subscribe to the reports by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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 For more information, contact the project manager, Dr John Leys.

 

This Community DustWatch web page is hosted by NSW OEH and can be found on OEH web site  http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/dustwatch . There you will find general information about the Community DustWatch program and an archive of monthly monitoring reports.
We hope you will enjoy the web page and encourage you to give us feed back on the content and the layout so we can continue to develop the page and improve the service to you.

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When to expect dust and wind erosion

Use the map to identify the peak time of year that dust is blowing, and use the knowledge to strengthen your wind erosion and ground cover management planning.

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FullscreenView our map:  My Dust Season.

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The dust season is the time of year when dust activity is generally highest and most likely to occur. The graph shows the average number of dust events recorded for each calendar month. When viewed together as a whole year, you can see which months usually have a lot of dust activity. The dustiest months represent your dust season. We display the months of the year from July to June because most of the dust seasons in Australia occur between September and April.

Interested in more seasonal patterns? See the Regional data produced by the Modelled Wind Erosion project. There are monthly records for over a decade, which may reveal seasonal patterns in wind erosion extent and severity.

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The location markers in the map are 'Stations'. These are meteorological (weather) stations operated by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

The NRM boundaries represent natural resource management regions as defined by the Australian Government, and further refined as per the report by Leys et al. 2009 "Improving the capacity to monitor wind erosion in Australia"

Data source Data source

The data is sourced from Bureau of Meteorology records. Time period: overall average (1960-2010)

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If you still have trouble viewing the data, or think the data displayed looks incorrect, please contact us.

 

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For more information, contact the project manager, Dr Craig Strong.

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What is available

The following maps display Wind Erosion Rates for Australia which have been modeled for every month from Feb 2000 to Jun 2012. The wind erosion rate is the rate that soil is blown away by the wind. It is expressed here as mg/m/s

Each coloured pixel on the map is an area of land 50km x 50 km. You'll notice that wind erosion rates vary across Australia, and also from month to month.

Source: Modelled Wind Erosion, funded by the Caring for our Country initiative. The project uses a computer model (CEMSYS) to produce wind erosion data...read more

Downloads

Download zip folders at the end of the page "Download attachments". Maps are available as JPEG images of monthly wind erosion rates. Each zip folder is about 2MB in size.

Browse maps online

Click on the thumbnail below to browse the map gallery. Use the controls (play, next, etc) to scroll through the gallery.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Resolution Maps (10 km x 10 km)

 10 km x 10 km Resolution Map for 23rd September 2009

 

Example showing the sand drift (mg/m/s) for Australia at 10 km on 23rd September 2009

 

 

High resolution data for is available National on a daily basis for 2002, 2008 and 2009 and NSW/Victoria for 2000,2002, 2008 and 2009 by contacting the project leader This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Other periods can be done on demand. 

The methodology used in generating the 10 km x 10 km maps is detailed in the following report:

Butler, H., Leys, J., Strong, C. and McTainsh, G (2013). Wind erosion extent and severity maps for Australia, Final Report for Project No: A0000007341, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, 68pp.

 

 

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