Project promotion materials:

Project Homepage:

Data collections can be seen on:!/q=redmap

Instruments where data are captured/transferred from:

camera, web application for annotation

Software is available at:

Software categories:

Citizens of Sciences

Project Members:

Peter Walsh (Data Source Administrator,

ANDS Contact:

Richard Ferrers (

Project Status:


Redmap Australia

University of Tasmania

Collaborator(s): Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Museum Victoria, Conservation Council SA, PIRSA Fisheries & Aquaculture, WA Department of Fisheries, WA Museum, Department of Parks and Wildlife WA, NSW Department of Primary Industries, University of Newcastle, CSIRO Marine Research, University of Newcastle, Murdoch University, SARDI, University of Adelaide, C2O Fisheries,

Project Description:

Final: Redmap stands for Range Extension Database and Mapping project. This project invites Australians to share sightings of marine species that are ‘uncommon’ to their local seas. Over time, Redmap will use this ‘citizen science’ data to map which Australian marine species may be extending their distribution range in response to changes in the marine environment, such as ocean warming.

Redmap members use their knowledge of the seas to help monitor Australia’s vast coastline. The citizen science data also highlights regions and species that may be experiencing more distribution changes, so that research can be focused into these areas

Redmap Australia has two main goals:
o Monitoring for ecological change (primarily associated with climate change).
o Community engagement.

Marine species range shifts (mostly associated with climate change) may impact significantly on ecological systems and/or biodiversity. Additionally, economic impacts (positive and negative) for high value seafood industries are largely unknown. Redmap offers a way for the larger community to be engaged in contributing to and understanding these issues.

The web site manages both data capture and the dissemination of related information to the general public. Data is managed under a Data Management Policy allowing collaborators, other researchers and the general public access to data through the IMAS metadata repository and Web Mapping Service (WMS).

Planned: Redmap is a citizen science project and associated web site in Tasmania for collection of data on species distribution extensions related to climate change. This project extends the Redmap Concept nationally. The project will enable significant rebuilding of the web site and database to allow for increased complexity collecting data across a large geographical area, increased complexity in data processing (including data validation) and automated metadata and data delivery to the TPAC MEST and ANDS Collection Registry.

Data Type:

image, text description

High Level Software Functionality:

a) Allows sightings of selected marine species around Australia to be entered by members of the public.
b) Allows expected species distribution to be managed in the form of disjoint polygons.
c) Automatically compares sightings against expected distributions.
d) Automatically delivers sightings metadata to the TPAC MEST.
e) Expansion of the existing website to encompass collection of data on a national level
f) Allows capture of additional species-specific data where impacts due to range extension/variation are considerable (eg. recording the habitat surrounding the sighting, as for Centrostephanus rodgersii).
g) Integrates with existing data visualization tools.
h) Allows direct download of all datasets through by any visitor (with provision for embargoes or restrictions on selected materials).
i) Provide a semi-automated workflow for incorporation of data validation and quality control mechanisms.