[STSP] New ABS Codes

Phil Wilkinson phil at ips.gov.au
Thu Apr 10 09:49:36 EST 2008

Dear All,

as you'll read below from Marc Norman (thank you for the news), the
ABS has released the new RCFD codes. They have been extensively revised as

a result of consultations between NCSS and ABS staff (and others): we now
have a much better situation for the space sciences - a new Group that is

joint with astronomy (Astronomical and Space Sciences) and has new codes
that are specific to us.


and here's the text ....

1297.0 - Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
(ANZSRC), 2008
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/03/2008

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     * About this Release
     * Acknowledgements
     * Chapter 1,Introduction
     * Chapter 2,Type of Activity
     * Chapter 3,Fields of Research
     * Chapter 4,Socio-economic Objective
     * Chapter 5,Correspondence Tables
     * Contents
     * A new research classification for a new century (Media Release)

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Contents >> Fields of Research >> DIVISION 02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES >> GROUP

This group covers astronomical sciences, including cosmology and space
This group has eleven fields:

       020101 Astrobiology
       020102 Astronomical and Space Instrumentation
       020103 Cosmology and Extragalactic Astronomy
       020104 Galactic Astronomy
       020105 General Relativity and Gravitational Waves
       020106 High Energy Astrophysics; Cosmic Rays
       020107 Mesospheric, Ionospheric and Magnetospheric Physics
       020108 Planetary Science (excl. Extraterrestrial Geology)
       020109 Space and Solar Physics
       020110 Stellar Astronomy and Planetary Systems
       020199 Astronomical and Space Sciences not elsewhere classified

       a) String theory is included in Group 0206 Quantum Physics.
       b) Tropospheric and stratospheric physics are included in Group 0401

Atmospheric Sciences.
       c) Extraterrestrial geology is included in Group 0403 Geology.
       d) Satellite and space vehicle design and testing is included in
Group 0901 Aerospace Engineering.
       e) Remote sensing is included in Group 0909 Geomatic Engineering.
       f) Communications technologies using satellites are included in
Group 1005 Communications Technologies.

Personally, I think that we have done very well. While we didn't get
all that we asked for (specifically a separate Group from Astro - and I
don't like the wording of the sentence "This group covers ..."),
we now have clear recognition of our existence as a separate (but related)

field from astronomy, a very important political victory, and codes
that are specific to our interests:

mesospheric to magnetospheric physics,
planetary science,
space and solar physics,
plus the instrumentation, not-elsewhere-classified, and cosmic ray
codes shared with Astro.

So we are arguably half of the whole group - 4 codes of our own plus 3
shared out of 11, with 4 astro codes.

Now we must use these new codes in our new proposals, so as to
continue to build evidence that we exist as a recognizable and important
part of Australia's research portfolio.

Please forward this email to members of Australia's space sciences
community. Well done to all you were consulted by ABS and/or
provided advice to others consulted by ABS! With best


(Iver Cairns, Chair of NC Space Science and the Steering Committee
for the Decadal Plan).

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2008 12:06:35 +1000
From: Marc Norman <Marc.Norman at anu.edu.au>
To: Mark Bishop <Mark.Bishop at unisa.edu.au>
Cc: Iver Cairns <cairns at physics.usyd.edu.au>
Subject: ABS codes

Hi Mark - Glad you noticed and approve of the changes to the ABS codes. This
was largely the result of careful and dedicated work by Iver Cairns at U. Syd.
Iver is Chair of the Academy's National Committee on Space Science, and he is
the main driver and energy source for the Decadal Plan for Space Science that
you may have seen announced on the SGPG mailing list. I will pass along to him
your congratulations.

Best regards,

On 08/04/2008, at 2:42 PM, Mark Bishop wrote:

> Thanks for this Marc,
> Yes, Harald has contacted me and I am in the throes of speaking to Lionel

> Wilson about his background. He is very keen.
> I have also been speaking with the 'director' of ABS concerned with Science
> and Technology over the weekend, and found that they have now released the
> ANZSRC codes for use in 2009.I am excited to see 040302 Extraterrestrial
> Geology (classified under Geology), 020108 Planetary Science (excl.
> Extraterrestrial Geology) (classified under Astronomical sciences) exist.

> Well done to all involved in this achievement!!
> Regards Mark.
> Dr Mark A. Bishop
> Senior Lecturer(Spatial Statistics & Geomorphology)
> School of Natural & Built Environments
> University of South Australia
> Associate Research Scientist
> Planetary Science Institute,
> Tucson, Arizona, USA
> email: bishop at psi.edu
> From: Marc Norman [mailto:Marc.Norman at anu.edu.au]
> Sent: Tue 8/04/2008 8:57 AM
> To: Mark Bishop
> Subject: Re: 2020 Summit submission
> Thanks Mark, I will add a mention of geography-geomorphology-GIS to the
> submission.
> I understand that you have been talking with a student in the UK
> (Harald Leask) about possible postgrad work? He contacted me some time
> ago. He seems very keen to continue working on Mars geomorphology.
> Best regards,
> Marc
> On 07/04/2008, at 11:17 PM, Mark Bishop wrote:
> > Marc,
> > 
> > Great to see such ideals being proposed, supported and
> > furtheredwithin Australia. I thoroughly support these efforts.
> > 
> > My only comment/addition here,is that the tools of planetary science
> > very much include geography. GIS (mapping and spatial statistical
> > analysis)and the remote sensing of planetary bodies is both a
> > traditional and emerging toolbox for the planetary scientist.
> > Geography is the home of these. One may also consider (planetary)
> > geomorphology with such roots.
> > 
> > I am involved in establishing planetary (exo-) geography as a
> > discipline both here and in the US, and would consider it important to
> > mention as a core discipline to planetary science (alongside those
> > already mentioned).
> > 
> > Regards Mark.
> > 
> > Dr Mark A. Bishop
> > Senior Lecturer(Spatial Statistics & Geomorphology)
> > School of Natural & Built Environments
> > University of South Australia
> > 
> > Associate Research Scientist
> > Planetary Science Institute,
> > Tucson, Arizona, USA
> > email: bishop at psi.edu
> > 
> > 
> >
> > From: Marc Norman [mailto:Marc.Norman at anu.edu.au]
> > Sent: Mon 7/04/2008 4:19 PM
> > To: SGPG at anu.edu.au
> > Subject: 2020 Summit submission
> >
> >
> > First of all, greetings to all of our new members for 2008. We now have
> > over 60 members in the GSA-SGPG.
> >
> > Many of you would be aware of the Australia 2020 Summit to help shape a
> > long term strategy for the nations future. The meeting will be held at
> > Parliament House on 19 and 20 April
> > (http://www.australia2020.gov.au/submissions/index.cfm).
> >
> > The Summit is seeking 500-word submissions across 10 critical areas
> > (please see their website) and the GSA Executive has encouraged the
> > Specialist Groups to prepare a set of these.
> >
> > Below is a draft submission from the SGPG, for your approval and
> > comment. Unfortunately time has crept up and the submission deadline is
> > this Wed 9 April. So please let me know any comments or suggestions
> > asap and no later than about noon on Wednesday. And of course you are
> > all encouraged to submit any additional submissions on your own as
> > well.
> >
> > thanks and best regards,
> > Marc
> > Chair, GSA-SGPG
> >
> > We urge the 2020 Summit to consider the positive contributions that an
> > increased emphasis on Planetary and Space Science can make to the
> > Productivity Agenda.
> >
> > Planetary science includes Earth observations as well as looking
> > outward to other planets of the Solar System. It encompasses
> > meteorology and climate change, the formation and evolution of the
> > planets, the origin of life, and the requisite development of new
> > technologies.
> >
> > Planetary science is inspirational and well suited to education and
> > training in the fundamental sciences, mathematics, engineering, and
> > commerce. Modern planetary science uses the tools of chemistry,
> > physics, geology, biology, and astronomy to explore the diverse
> > physical environments found in our Solar System. These range from the
> > cool blue oceans of Earth to the windswept deserts of Mars, from the
> > hell of Venus' greenhouse to the icy methane lakes of Titan. Australia
> > has a strong foundation of human capital and infrastructure in
> > planetary science that is complementary to its capabilities in the
> > Earth Science and Astronomy, but additional development is needed to
> > realize the full potential of this foundation.
> >
> > Planetary studies add value to science curricula because they attract a
> > new segment of the student market. Increased emphasis in this area is
> > timely considering the acknowledged crisis facing geoscience programs
> > at Australian universities due to the falling number of students,
> > despite increasing demand from industry. For example, approximately 25%
> > of the postgraduate students at the Research School of Earth Sciences
> > at the ANU are working on projects in cosmochemistry or the early
> > Earth. This demonstrates the potential effectiveness of planetary
> > science research programs at attracting students.
> >
> > The Academy's National Committee for Space Science recently developed
> > the first Decadal Plan for Australian Space Science. It outlines the
> > collective vision and aspirations of the Australian space science
> > community for an innovative, recognizably Australian national space
> > science program that performs world-class scientific and technological
> > research.
> >
> > Even a modest space program can have a positive impact by driving
> > innovation, seeding new industries, and, perhaps more importantly,
> > motivating young people to study maths and sciences as they see a
> > future in this and related technology areas.
> >
> > Social and economic benefits will include entrepreneurial opportunities
> > created by demand for new technologies and services. Global demand for
> > space-based science and services will encourage the creation of new
> > businesses worldwide. A greater awareness of and technical training in
> > the quantitative aspects of planetary and space sciences can prepare
> > Australians to take advantage of emerging economic opportunities both
> > at home and abroad.
> >
> > Other benefits include the strong potential for productively linking
> > Australian Universities, Government units (Antarctic Division,
> > Greenhouse Office, Bureau of Meteorolgy, Defence Science and Technology
> > Organisation, Geoscience Australia, IPS Radio and Space Services), with
> > domestic and international Industry, and the Australian public.
> >
> > Contrary to most popular perceptions, a vigorous space program need not
> > be expensive. For example, estimated costs for new Government funding
> > would be less than $1 per Australian per year. Summed over 10 years the
> > total cost would be less than 0.02% of the Federal 2006/2007 surplus.
> >
> > (497 words)
> >

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