Ecological values and levels of protection of Queensland estuaries
Description and method logic
This methodology brings together a number of disparate datasets on the physical and biological values of Queensland estuaries, assesses their ecological value, international and national significance and levels of protection.
This assessment makes use of available broadscales datasets and assignes ecological value based on the level of protection, representativeness, international and national significance, habitat diveristy and naturalness and water area.
It uses the criteria identified by Dunn (2000) for high ecological value rivers and applies them to the 312 Queensland estuaries identified in OzCoasts. Data from OzCoasts and the Australian Natural Resources Atlas are then used to give a standardised score for each criterion. The criterion scores are not combined.
Criteria groupings of the method
The criteria used are:
State-wide spatial datasets for estuary location, water area, naturalness, habitat diversity, International/national significance, representativeness, level of protection.
GIS expertise and ecological knowledge.
State-wide spatial datasets for estuary location, water area, naturalness, habitat diversity, International/national significance, representativeness, level of protection, GIS capability.
Criteria by category
Physical and chemical
Management and planning
Natural resource managers, environmental planners, marine planners.
Last updated: 7 February 2019
This page should be cited as:
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2019) Ecological values and levels of protection of Queensland estuaries, WetlandInfo website, accessed 5 October 2022. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/resources/tools/assessment-search-tool/ecological-values-and-levels-of-protection-of-queensland-estuaries/