Assessing estuary ecosystem health: Sampling, data analysis and reporting protocols

These protocols provide a standardised approach to estuary ecosystem health monitoring, analysis and reporting in New South Wales.

Date
1 March 2013
Publisher
Office of Environment and Heritage
Type
Publication
Status
Final
Cost
Free
Language
English
Tags
  • ISBN 978-1-74359-018-8
  • ID OEH20130125
  • File PDF 860KB
  • Pages 38
  • Name assessing-estuary-ecosystem-health-sampling-data-analysis-reporting-protocols-130125.pdf

A healthy estuary is an ecosystem with its various components (biological, physical and chemical) operating effectively to maintain a functioning system within the limits of natural variability. It should also be resilient to some level of stress (Rapport et al. 1998).

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.