The Australian Ecological and Knowledge Observation System (ÆKOS) Data Portal is a data and ‘research methods’ knowledge base of Australia’s land-dwelling plants, animals and their environments. It was built to meet the needs of the ecosystem science, tertiary education and natural resource management sectors.
There are currently about 25,000 records on plants and associated environmental data. There will be regular updates to the Portal over the coming months with offers of more vegetation databases and our first offer of fauna databases as indicated in the table.
Users can find, view, explore and download source ecological “plot” data in unprecedented detail never experienced previously. You can access data by survey or study location for each visit with the knowledge necessary for considering its appropriateness for reuse. You can also view the study locations on the Map Browser. The data has been collected by researchers to answer scientific questions or identify environmental solutions so it has been systematically sampled using such techniques as quadrats, transects, animal trapping arrays and other scientific methods.