Catchment condition index

A composite index was used in the overall assessment of catchment condition in Australia, during the National Land and Water Resources Audit [1]. The index was based on 14 indicators which were used to form three sub-indexes:

Coastal issues arising from catchment degradation

Coastal waterways with highly disturbed catchments may have to contend with the following problems:

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Existing information and data

More information and maps showing the overall catchment condition index, the sub-indices and indicators can be found at the Catchment Condition Online Maps website [2]. Appendix I (pp. 311-312) in Volume 2 of the Australian Catchment, River and Estuary Assessment, 2002 contains a map of Australia's River Basins and Drainage Divisions in which each river basin has been assigned a number. These catchment numbers can be matched to a large number of coastal waterways in pages 316-363 of the same document. The catchment condition index for a large number of river basins are available in Appendix B (pp 65-76) of the Assessment of Catchment Condition in Australia's Intensive Land Use Zone: A biophysical assessment at the national scale [1].

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References

  1. The assessment of catchment condition was conducted as a partnership between the Audit, the Bureau of Rural Sciences and CSIRO Land and Water with support and involvement of State and Territory natural resource management agencies. The final report (Project 7/8) to the National Land and Water Resources Audit by Walker, J., Veitch, S. Braaten, R., Dowling, T., Guppy, L., Herron, N (2001) is entitled Assessment of Catchment Condition in Australia's Intensive Land Use Zone: A biophysical assessment at the national scale
  2. Catchment Condition Online Maps website at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry.

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