The TSRA works with communities, government agencies, consultancies, NGOs, and university researchers to collect, store, and distribute spatial information about the Torres Strait region.

The TSRA uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools to manage, store, display, and disseminate spatial data that have been produced by the Ranger team, as well as by our external collaborators.

Some of this data are freely available in an interactive format through the Torres Strait E-Atlas. The Torres Strait E-Atlas is an online research repository and mapping tool developed specifically for the region. The Torres Strait E-Atlas contains up-to-date and high resolution aerial imagery and thousands of mapping layers relevant to the region. The website also provides summaries of scientific research that has been conducted in the region and articles and links to environmental management initiatives.

Examples of maps generated from spatial data in the E-Atlas are available below.

Australia’s maritime zones in the Torres Strait

The five broad island clusters (nations) of the Torres Strait

The site also provides background information on the Torres Strait E-Atlas.

For assistance using the Torres Strait E-Atlas, please contact the developer, Dr. Eric Lawrey of the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

The Queensland Government also curates spatial data related to the Torres Strait, which can be freely downloaded here and explored in Google Earth.

Further spatial information on the Torres Strait region is available from the TSRA upon request.

Spatial data from a range of sources can be brought together to create mapping products to aid decision-making at the community and regional levels.

For more information on GIS, maps, and spatial information, contact