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Get mapping help

Mapping at an appropriate scale and detail is necessary for natural resource management and decision making.

Just as important as undertaking and producing the mapping, is the ability to access it.

Wetland and groundwater dependent ecosystem (GDE) mapping is provided in a variety of formats for different user needs.

Spring Creek estuary Photo by Roger Jaensch Wetlands International

Quick facts

You can:
  • interactively view the data online (KMLs)
  • print out full-scale maps (PDFs)
  • view the data on Google Earth and similar programs
  • download the data and use it on your own GIS system.

WetlandSummary—facts and maps

WetlandSummary is the main entry point to mapping data.

Click the image below to watch a video demonstrating how to use the WetlandSummary tool.

WetlandSummary demonstration

Duration 7:11

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Demonstration on how to use WetlandMaps

WetlandMaps is an interactive online map server through which users can easily access wetland information via a web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) tool. WetlandMaps is available directly or via the WetlandSummary tool.

An animation has been developed to instruct users on how to use WetlandMaps. It provides information on the capabilities of the server and takes the user through the options and mapping layers they can activate to access new and detailed information. If you require mapping based information, take the time to explore and you’ll be amazed what it has to offer.

The animation has also been divided into smaller sections to help you access the information quickly or you can use the times provided below.

Topic of interest
Searching 0.33 Reading the legend 2.39
Base maps 1.05 Viewing metadata 2.50
Using layers 1.14 Displaying information 3.22
Adding to/removing layers from the legend 1.21 Viewing results, links and additional information 4.03
Turning layers on and off 1.37 Finding and selecting features within a layer 5.04
Zooming 2.11    
See feature controls below:
Selecting a feature 3.38 Report function 6.50
Zooming on feature 3.53 Inventory data reporting 8.45
Saving features 4.20 Project sites reporting 8.56
Saving multiple features 4.55 Project surveys reporting 10.10
Clearing selected and buffered features 5.24 Species reporting 10.25
Buffering features 5.53    

Using WetlandMaps

Duration 12:02

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Queensland Globe

Queensland Globe enables users to access maps, data and imagery of Queensland, including Queensland Government-owned data and data used under licence from other parties.

Data download

Wetland mapping and classification mapping (wetland mapping)

The wetland mapping and classification data is available via Queensland Spatial Catalogue - QSpatial and Queensland Government Data (Open data)

A list of the available datasets and what they contain is available on the wetland mapping background page and via the FAQ page.

Groundwater dependent ecosystem mapping (GDE mapping)

The GDE mapping data is available via Queensland Spatial Catalogue - QSpatial and Queensland Government Data (Open data)

A list of the available datasets and what they contain is available on the GDE mapping background page and via the FAQ page.

Data from all other datasets used on WetlandSummary or WetlandMaps

Metadata from all datasets is available.

Many of the datasets are also available for download via Queensland Spatial Catalogue - QSpatial and Queensland Government Data (Open data).

PDFs and KMLs

The wetland mapping and classification data is available in a Portable Document Format (PDF) and can be printed to any size up to A0. The PDF downloads are available through the WetlandSummary tool by selecting the '100K map tiles' area type and via the KMLs. To view and print PDFs you will need to install a PDF viewer application.

Wetland mapping and groundwater dependent ecosystem (GDE) mapping

The wetland mapping and GDE mapping data is available for download in Keyhole Markup Language (KML) format through the WetlandSummary tool by selecting the '100K map tiles' area type, opening the area of interest, and clicking the 'Download wetlands KML' or 'Download GDE KML' button. You can view KML files by downloading and installing Google Earth, Global Mapper, ArcGIS Explorer Desktop, or another similar program. If you have installed Google Earth it should open automatically when the KML download button is clicked. Some of the wetland and GDE mapping KMLs may be too complex to view using online KML viewers.

Click the image below to watch a video demonstrating how to explore wetland KML files with Google Earth.

Exploring wetland KML files with Google Earth

Duration 5:02

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'Area types' used on WetlandSummary

Area boundaries can be viewed and downloaded in KML format through the WetlandSummary tool by selecting any area type, opening the area of interest, and clicking on the 'View area boundary in Google Maps' button. You can then download the KML by clicking the 'Download this feature as KML' link on the left of the Google Maps screen. You can view KML files by downloading and installing Google Earth, Global Mapper, ArcGIS Explorer Desktop, or another similar program. If you have installed Google Earth it should open automatically when the KML download button is clicked.

Environmental reports online

Online environmental reports provide information on specific values, by location. Reports on matters of state environmental significance, regional ecosystems and terrestrial biodiversity and aquatic conservation values are available.

Wetland on-line education modules

A series of on-line education modules, including Mapping wetlands in Queensland, has been prepared as a resource for people who want to learn more about wetlands.

Users can download and use the contents of this education module to meet their learning and training needs. This information should be used in conjunction with information found on this website.

This resource outlines the key principles of wetland mapping and should not be used for statutory purpose.

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This page should be cited as:

Get mapping help, WetlandInfo 2013, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 30 October 2017, <https://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/get-mapping-help/>.

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WetlandInfo   —   Department of Environment and Heritage Protection