Queensland wetland classification scheme
The Queensland Wetland Classification Scheme uses biological, physical and chemical characteristics to classify swamps (palustrine wetlands), lakes (lacustrine wetlands), rivers (riverine wetlands), and vegetated intertidal wetlands above mean sea level. The scheme follows the general wetland classification steps.
The attributes are included in the wetland mapping or can be derived from the underlying datasets which contribute to the wetland mapping.
The purpose of the Queensland wetland classification scheme (scheme) is to provide general attribute information for swamps (palustrine wetlands), lakes (lacustrine wetlands), rivers (riverine wetlands), and vegetated intertidal wetlands above mean sea level in Queensland based on hydro-geo-ecological drivers which has the potential for use in many different management applications.
The scheme provides a transparent, scientifically robust and logical approach to developing foundational ecological information upon which management, decision making and research can be built.
The scheme is flexible to ensure that the attributes are relevant to a broad range of purposes, supporting the development of different typologies to address specific needs, such as a management question or research topic.
The scheme integrates with and complements other relevant state and national mapping, datasets and classification schemes. For example, it adapts and extends the Australian National Aquatic Ecosystem framework.
Advantages of the Queensland wetland classification scheme are:
The scheme can be applied at five levels—regional, subregion, seascape, habitat and community. For each spatial level there is a set of attributes across numerous themes. A detailed list of attributes is available to accommodate a wide range of uses. Application of the classification scheme at a particular level will depend on the availability of the underlying attribute data.
Attributes and qualifiers
Classification provides definitions and categorisation of attributes of the environment. The attributes and thresholds were chosen through extensive consultation with stakeholders as they represent some of the key drivers, based on wetland components and processes, for wetland habitat function.
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Last updated: 12 October 2022
This page should be cited as:
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2022) Queensland wetland classification scheme, WetlandInfo website, accessed 27 October 2023. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/what-are-wetlands/definitions-classification/classification-systems-background/qld-wetland-classification/