Health assessment of estuaries – developing, implementing and reporting
Malcolm Robb (Department of Water, WA)
Developing methods to determine estuarine condition or health has challenged estuarine scientists for some time due to the dynamic nature of estuarine ecosystems. Scientists and managers in all Australian state have been working on identifying appropriate indicators, measurement techniques and frequencies, and reporting on condition and change using report cards, so that there is some comparable assessment across Australian estuaries.
This symposium welcomes presentations on the different approaches used to measure and assess condition and change in estuaries, and the communication/reporting of this information, particularly in the context of understanding estuarine processes and function, using and developing appropriate methodologies and how they can be applied in both a practical and management context.