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Wetland mapping background

Wetland mapping at an appropriate scale and level of detail is necessary for decisive wetland management and decision making.

Many different styles of wetland maps exist in Queensland—developed at different scales, using different techniques for different purposes.

A base wetland map has been developed by the Queensland Wetlands Program to support consistent decision making.

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Wetland legislation
Some legislation and policies in Queensland reference wetland mapping. Care must be taken to ensure that for statutory purposes the mapping referred to in the legislation is used and not the Queensland wetland mapping described on this page.
See the Program policies and legislation page for wetland related legislation and policies.

Wetland Mapping

Wetland mapping and data for wetlands in Queensland enable managers to make confident, effective and accurate decisions about the management and care of wetlands. Anyone can use the maps to find out about wetlands generally or to find out about specific wetlands.
The Program has developed a consistent wetland map at a scale of 1:100,000, with finer detail in some parts of Queensland (mainly coastal regions). The mapping integrates satellite imagery, regional ecosystems (REs) and topographic data, based on an innovative mapping and classification methodology developed by the Program. The result is maps of Queensland’s swamps (palustrine wetlands), lakes (lacustrine wetlands), rivers (riverine wetlands), estuarine and marine wetlands.

The wetland mapping has been updated several times and the present mapping shows the status of wetlands in 2013.

The wetland classification system applies a range of attributes to the maps, including the ecological system (lacustrine, palustrine, riverine, estuarine and marine), climate region, water type, water regime, substrate, topography and vegetation. The classification system has formed the basis for the Program’s groundbreaking work on wetland typology. The attributes identify wetland habitat types which are linked to the mapping and form the basis for the conceptual models and management profiles

Queensland wetland mapping and classification (Queensland wetland mapping)

Wetlands have been mapped digitally by building on existing information including water body mapping derived from satellite imagery, regional ecosystem mapping and the spring and small waterholes database and drainage lines from topographic mapping.

Wetlands have been further classified according to a range of criteria, including the type of ecological system (riverine, estuarine etc.), degree of water permanency, salinity and other attributes consistent with the Interim Australian National Aquatic Ecosystem Classification Framework[1]. The result is a consistent wetland map at a scale of 1:100,000, with finer detail in some parts of Queensland (mainly coastal regions).

The Queensland wetland mapping consists of 3 data sets which need to be combined to show surface wetlands. Some wetlands are dependent on groundwater and groundwater dependent ecosystem mapping is also available for some parts of Queensland.

Get mapping help

You can access mapping in many different formats. Step-by-step guides on how to access mapping is available to assist you.

Wetland mapping and classification version history

Several wetland mapping and classification products have been developed and delivered through the Queensland Wetlands Program. The information below provides a history of the versions provided to date.

Version 4.0—Released September 2015. Queensland wetland mapping and classification for the whole state, based on 2013 extent. This includes updated mapping (fixing errors, remapping to larger scale) as well as updating the extent from 2009 to 2013.

Version 3.0—Released February 2012. Queensland wetland mapping and classification for the whole state, based on 2009 extent. This includes updated mapping (fixing errors, remapping to larger scale) as well as updating the extent from 2005 to 2009.

Version 2.0—Released September 2009. Queensland wetland mapping and classification for the whole state, based on 2005 extent. This includes updated mapping (fixing errors, remapping to larger scale) as well as updating the extent from 2001 to 2005.

Version 1.3—Released February 2009. Queensland wetland mapping and classification for Queensland, based on 2001 extent. This includes updated mapping for areas released in versions 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2, and new mapping for Lake Eyre, the Gulf of Carpentaria, western Cape York Peninsula catchments and South East Queensland.

Version 1.2—Released February 2008. Queensland wetland mapping and classification for the Great Barrier Reef, Wide Bay, Cape York Peninsula and Murray-Darling Basin catchments, based on 2001 extent. This includes updated mapping for areas released in versions 1.0 and 1.1, and new mapping for Cape York Peninsula and Murray-Darling Basin catchments.

Version 1.1—Released April 2007. Queensland wetland mapping and classification for the Wide Bay catchments, based on 2001 extent.

Version 1.0—Released December 2006. Queensland wetland mapping and classification for the Great Barrier Reef catchments between Bundaberg and Cooktown, based on 2001 extent.

Data sets—metadata

Layer/dataset metadata Displays Attributes Extent

Queensland Wetland Data Version 4.0—Wetland areas

Field descriptions / data dictionary

Data download details

Lacustrine, palustrine, estuarine, marine and riverine polygons System, wetland type (habitat), hydrological and salinity modifiers, water regime, regional ecosystem, basin and where the base mapping originated

All of Queensland

Queensland Wetland Data Version 4.0—Wetland lines

Field descriptions / data dictionary

Data download details

Typically riverine line data Original feature codes

Queensland Wetland Data Version 4.0—Wetland points

Field descriptions / data dictionary

Data download details

Springs, small water bodies etc. based on point data Feature (i.e. spring), status (i.e. active), region (i.e. Great Artesian Basin), type (i.e. discharge), system, wetland type (habitat), hydrological and salinity modifiers, water regime, regional ecosystem, basin, drainage basin, complex name, name, and where the base mapping originated

Wetland naming protocol

Wetlands naming protocol

The Queensland Government encourages the community to suggest new names for geographic features in Queensland that have yet to be officially named.

The place naming process includes consideration of naming issues, provision of recommendations to the relevant Minister under the Place Names Act 1994, publication of notices and maintenance of the gazetteer or register of place names.

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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References

  1. ^ Aquatic Ecosystems Toolkit Module 2: Interim Australian National Aquatic Ecosystem (ANAE) Classification Framework Ecosystem (ANAE) Classification Framework, Australian Government, <http://www.environment.gov.au/water/publications/environmental/ecosystems/ae-toolkit-mod-2.html>.

Last updated: 19 November 2015

This page should be cited as:

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

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