Further Information on Conceptual Models

This page has some other examples of conceptual diagrams, as well as further information about conceptual diagrams.

Examples of conceptual models

Lacustrine ecology

Lacustrine wetlands (lakes) are dominated by open water. Although lakes may have fringing vegetation, the majority of the wetland area is open water.

Marine ecology

Marine wetlands include the area of ocean from the coastline to 6m below the lowest astronomical tide.

Palustrine ecology

Palustrine wetlands are what many people traditionally think of as a wetland—they are vegetated, non-riverine or non-channel systems. They include billabongs, swamps, bogs, springs, soaks etc. and have more than 30% emergent vegetation.

Riverine ecology

Riverine wetlands are those systems that are contained within a channel (e.g. river, creek or waterway) and their assocated streamside vegetation. They can be natural or artificial and may connect to lacustrine, palustrine, estuarine and marine wetlands.

Estuarine ecology

Estuarine wetlands are those with marine or oceanic water which is diluted with freshwater run-off from the land. It is usually an area where a river meets the sea providing an important habitat for many species. Many commercial species such as fish, crabs, prawns etc. start their life in estuarine areas.

Moreton Bay and catchment

Simple and complex conceptual models of the Moreton Bay and catchments of south-east Queensland are presented (Moreton Bay Waterways and Catchment Partnership)

Effects of terrestrial runoff on the ecology of corals and coral reefs of the GBR

The conceptual model presented in this report summarise the present understanding of the processes involved the dynamics of nutrients, sediments, and their effect on the condition of inshore coral reefs of the GBR.

Where River Meets Sea: Exploring Australia's estuaries

Chapter 1 in this book has conceptual models of the different geomorphic types of estuaries in plan view. These models, which are published in Australia Estuaries & Coastal Waterways: A geoscience perspective for improved and integrated resource management, were superseded by the conceptual models in OzCoast and OzEstuaries. Chapter 2 has conceptual models highlighting key features, major threats and management arrangements pertaining estuaries over the broad geographic regions (e.g. temperate East Coast, Pilbara and Subtropical West Coast etc). Chapter 3 has conceptual models of the range of habitats found in estuaries. The case studies in the individual state chapters (6-12) have generalised conceptual models depicting processes and pressures in the estuaries of the different sub-regions (CSIRO Publishing).

Integration and Application Network (IAN)

This site has an overview on conceptual diagrams as a tool for science communication, a free symbols library, landscape bases, symbol creation service, publications and a discussion forum (University of Maryland).

Conceptual models of the Fitzroy Estuary

The conceptual models in this report provide detail of the hydrodynamics, fine sediment dynamics, biogeochemistry and primary production in the Fitzroy Estuary in Queensland (Coastal CRC).

Conceptual models of physical processes and biogeochemical functioning of Keppel Bay

This report contains conceptual models of: (i) the Fitzroy flood plume penetrating into Keppel Bay showing flocculation of fine sediments; (b) mixing processes and fine sediment transport in The Fitzroy Estuary and Keppel Bay; (c) dissolved nutrient dynamics under low-flow conditions in Keppel Bay; and (d) primary production under low-flow conditions in Keppel Bay

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