Assessing estuary ecosystem health: Sampling, data analysis and reporting protocols
NSW Natural Resources Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Program
Assessing estuary ecosystem health (or condition) requires a framework for setting the objectives of the assessment, and selecting, monitoring and reporting on appropriate indicators that measure components of an estuary’s ecosystem that contribute to its overall health.
- 1 April 2016
- Office of Environment and Heritage
These protocols provide a standardised approach to estuary ecosystem health monitoring, analysis and reporting in NSW. Standardising monitoring, analysis and reporting based on best practice provides consistency at a range of scales (local, regional and state), allows for the comparison of assessments and ensures scientific validity in reporting products and information provided to the community.
These protocols were informed by work done as part of the 2010 State of the catchments monitoring, evaluation and reporting technical report series.