State of Environment

Indicator 86 - Quarry Operations at Australian Antarctic Stations

Index: Description | Data | Custodian evaluation | Related resources | Parameters

Description

Indicator Definition
This indicator records the amount rock extracted and crushed for
infrastructure needs at Casey, Davis and Mawson stations. Included are some
details of the blast burden and pattern.


Responsible organisation

Australian Antarctic Division ( Australia )

Custodians

No custodians.

Theme area

Human Settlements

Indicator type

Pressure

Criteria the indicator satisfies

The following 13 out of 15 criteria

1. Serve as a robust indicator of environmental change
2. Reflect a fundamental or highly-valued aspect of the environment or an important environmental issue
3. Be either national in scope or applicable to regional environmental issues of national significance
4. Provide an early warning of potential problems
5. Be capable of being monitored to provide statistically verifiable and reproducible data that shows trends over time and, preferably, apply to a broad range of environmental regions
6. Be scientifically credible
7. Be easy to understand
8. Be monitored with relative ease
9. Be cost-effective
10. Have relevance to policy and management needs
11. Contribute to monitoring of progress towards implementing commitments in nationally important environmental policies
13. Contribute to the fulfillment of reporting obligations under international agreements
14. Where possible and appropriate, use existing commercial and managerial indicators

For details of indicators, see the State of Environment Bibliography entries 16336 and 16337

Date input

Daily measurements

Monitoring location

Any Named places

Geographic coverage

Rationale For Indicator Selection
Concerns have been raised over time by a number of station personnel about
environmental impacts of quarry operations at Australian Antarctic Stations as
well as impacts on local breeding populations of snow and wilson's storm
petrels. Documenting quarry operations is therefore of interest to ensure
that agreed quarry boundaries are adhered to along with regulatory non-blast
periods to avoid disturbance to petrels during their incubation period.


Design and Strategy For Indicator Monitoring Program
Spatial Scale: Australian Antarctic stations: Casey (lat 66¿ 16' 54.5" S,
long 110¿ 31' 39.4" E), Davis (lat 68¿ 34' 35.8" S, long 77¿ 58' 02.6" E) and
Mawson (lat 67¿ 36' 09.7" S, long 62¿ 52' 25.7" E).


Frequency: Yearly


Measurement Technique: Visual


Research Issues
Previously, documentation has rarely been kept and communication of
responsibility has been patchy. Anecdotal reports of deficiencies in past
management of quarries and non-conformance to the AAD's policies stated in
"Quarrying in Antarctica, an environmental policy statement" (1996) has
prompted a new effort to gather data to ensure the AAD is meeting
environmental and legislative obligations and is satisfying public
expectations for sound environmental management of Australian activities in
Antarctica.


Data

Temporal range of the available data, as described by the metadata record, is from 01-Nov-055 .

Timespan
4-December-2004 to 16-February-2013
Number of data points
262

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Data quality, interpretation and analysis of indicator data

Data usage constraints

' This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/). Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=SOE_quarry_operations when using these data. '

Data access constraints

' Data arising from this project are available from the state of the environment indicator URL given below. '

Custodian evaluation

There is no evaluation by the custodian.

Related resources


Parameters

The properties link can be used to view details of the parameters measured for this indicator.

Parameter Name Unit of measure Properties
Amount of uncrushed rubble removed cubic metres Properties
Hours of crusher operation hours Properties
Hours of Drilling Operation hours Properties
Number of blast holes drilled Properties
Number of quarry blasts Properties

The following parameters and/or sensor notes are from the metadata record.

Parameters

EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > SURFACE TEMPERATURE
EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > BIRDS
EARTH SCIENCE > HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS > ACID DEPOSITION
EARTH SCIENCE > HUMAN DIMENSIONS > INFRASTRUCTURE > BUILDINGS
EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > EARTH GASES/LIQUIDS

Sensors

AWS

TEMPERATURE SENSORS

Thermometers

Related URLs

http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=SOE_quarry_operations
Citation reference for this metadata record and dataset

http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/portal/download_file.cfm?file_id=1272
Download page for Australian Antarctic Data Centre