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WetlandUpdate July 2015

Groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs)

Shallowest watertable aquifer mapping

Shallowest watertable aquifer mapping identifies the extent and key characteristics of the shallowest watertable aquifers in a landscape. Watertable aquifers are unconfined geological formations that store and transmit groundwater. There may be other deeper aquifers not captured in this mapping (e.g. confined aquifers). Shallowest watertable aquifer mapping has been characterised according to a range of criteria including confinement, geology, porosity, groundwater flow system, salinity, pH, recharge process, temporal and spatial connectivity with surface ecosystems, etc.

Shallowest watertable aquifer products include:

A landscape hazard assessment for wetlands in the Great Barrier Reef catchment

As part of the Queensland Wetlands Program (QWP), an assessment system was required to provide a conceptual and operational framework for assessing and monitoring the state of, and hazard to, the functions and values of lacustrine (lake) and palustrine (swamp) wetlands. The adopted approach uses the DPSIR (Driver, Pressure, State, Impact, Response) model as a causal framework to deliver an environmental values-based approach for assessment and monitoring, with the aim of informing the ongoing management of wetlands and the catchment landscapes in which they are located.

This report details the approach taken to assess hazards to lacustrine and palustrine wetlands in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchments in Queensland. It provides a landscape scale assessment of hazard (as opposed to fully quantified 'risk') arising from land-use, and is conducted as a desktop GIS analysis.

In particular the assessment aims to:

  • characterise human-induced pressures arising from land-use
  • enable mapped wetlands to be attributed with a modelled 'hazard level'.

Shorebirds and other waterbirds

This WetlandInfo release features the addition of resources relating to shorebirds and other waterbirds. Several pages have been added including:

Keep an eye out for more shorebird and other waterbird content in future WetlandInfo updates

Wetlands education modules

A series of on-line education modules have been prepared as a resource for people who want to learn more about wetlands. Users can download and use the contents of these education modules to meet their learning and training needs. This information should be used in conjunction with information found on this website.

Four specialised education modules on advanced wetland topics are being released:

Animation—Pumicestone catchment

Pumicestone animation

This animation identifies the movement of water in the catchments of the Pumicestone, illustrating the impacts and issues that affect water movement to assist in managing this area.

Duration 6m 51s

Video presentation—Why are Queensland's migratory shorebirds disappearing?

Why are Queensland's migratory shorebirds disappearing?

Millions of migratory shorebirds migrate annually from Arctic Russia and Alaska to Australia. Recent research shows that some species have declined nationally by more than 75% in 20 years. Data from Moreton Bay indicate that migratory shorebirds are declining while resident species are not, suggesting that the causes of these declines might lie outside Australia.

Duration 44:10

Wetlands naming protocol fact sheet

Wetlands naming protocol

The Queensland Government encourages the community to suggest new names for geographic features in Queensland that have yet to be officially named.

The place naming process includes consideration of naming issues, provision of recommendations to the relevant Minister under the Place Names Act 1994, publication of notices and maintenance of the gazetteer or register of place names.

Updates, improvements and links

Updated tools fact sheet

Queensland Wetlands Program tools fact sheet.


The WetlandUpdate is a regular bulletin sent to subscribers to provide them with the latest WetlandInfo resources and tools, as well as case studies, video information and new project fact sheets.

View all of the previous WetlandUpdates

WetlandInfo feedback and improvements

Send us your useful wetland information and links to add to WetlandInfo. Do you have a wetland question you just can't answer? Email us

Our WetlandInfo feature frog is Litoria brevipalmata commonly known as the green-thighed frog.

Green-thighed frog Photo by Harry Hines

WetlandInfo updates this section regularly, so keep your eyes and ears open!


For more information on frogs, visit Amphibiaweb or the Frogs of Australia website, or view species profiles in your area using the SummaryInfo search tool

Last updated: 16 December 2014

This page should be cited as:

WetlandUpdate July 2015, WetlandInfo 2014, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland, viewed 11 February 2019, <>.

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