Conceptual models

Conceptual models are concise and visually-stimulating illustrations that use symbols or drawings to depict the important features, processes and management challenges in a particular environment, such as coastal waterways. This is accomplished using the most current knowledge or understanding of that particular environment and is presented in a way that is easy to understand. More introduction ...


coastal wetland classification Coastal wetland classification
Many wetland classification systems are in use within Australia. Most are hierarchical and based on biophysical or physicochemical features. More coastal wetland classification ...
Australia esturine typology Estuary/Beach typology
The broad diversity of Australian beaches and estuaries means that it is often necessary to divide them into 'groups' or 'types' which are more closely related to one another. More estuarine typology and beach typology...

Science models

Build a conceptual model depicting estuary condition and catchment pressures/stressors using estuary templates and drop and drag icons. Build your estuary conceptual models
You can use 7 different types of estuaries and coastal waterways templates and the drop and drag icons provided to build conceptual models representing causal pressures in your catchment and the stressors that impact upon your waterway.

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  • Link to the Geoscience Australia website  (new window)   
  • Link to the Queensland EPA website (new window)   
  • Link to the Surf life Australia website  (new window)   
  • the former Coastal CRC