Wetland inventories are used to record standardised data about wetlands. Inventory data may be generated from available data sources (e.g. tenure, climate, population, land use) or collected through surveys (e.g. flora, fauna, water quality) involving the use of equipment and specialised field techniques. Wetland mapping is a key element used to populate wetland inventories.
Wetland assessments use data from wetland inventories - and analyse this data again criteria using specialised methodologies. Wetland monitoring involves measuring wetland indicators over time that are known to indicate change in extent, condition, features or values.
Inventories are developed through the use of standardised methods, collection tools and databases. This inventory data forms a critical evidence based foundation for effective decision-making informing legislation, monitoring, on-ground activities and research.
Standardised methods for sampling and data collection are necessary to ensure consistency, integrity and reliability.
The standardised methods suggested for inventory collection may have been developed as part of a monitoring and or assessment program, but are still suitable for pure inventory collection as the data collection procedures are consistent and repeatable.
Standards applicable for Queensland include:
The guideline includes standardised procedures and methods for collecting water quality data (physical and chemical) via a broad range of instruments. Site selection may vary, however, the data collection procedures and methods are consistent.
The guidelines outline the Queensland Government's minimum requirements, standards, and appropriate practice for the survey of terrestrial vertebrate fauna in Queensland.
This provides a practical guide for the preparation, implementation and reporting of terrestrial fauna surveys and facilitates consistency and comparability of data.
This manual provides standardised methods (referenced in “Guideline for the Environmental Assessment of Subterranean Aquatic Fauna”) for sampling stygofauna.
This manual provides standardised methods for both field picking and laboratory picking methods (in Queensland, field picking is accepted as the preferred standardised method).
This methodology document contains the “CORVEG site data collection method” (Appendix 2 – page 53), which is a standardised procedure for vegetation sampling in Queensland that feeds into the CORVEG database.
The aim of this document is to provide a practical guide for ecologists to ensure that compatible methodologies are used.
This manual has been written to standardise the collection of quality plant specimens for identification, research and inventory purposes.
This guide was developed to assist in the field identification of wetland soil indicators in Queensland.
An understanding of The Australian Soil and Land Survey Field Handbook is necessary.
Bathymetric (or sea floor) data are collected in multiple ways:
Geoscience Australia provides more information.
Inventory collection tools are required for the collection of data and can vary from paper based to digital and online applications.
Examples of digital applications include:
Data storage (databases)
Databases store standardised information, and various processes exist to deliver this information to stakeholders.
Tools to help with identification
There are a number of tools that help with identification of inventory information.
There are many others. Some flora and fauna related ones are listed on the Atlas of Living Australia ‘How do I identify a species’ page.
Last updated: 8 February 2019
This page should be cited as:
Inventory, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland, viewed 11 February 2019, .