National Wilderness Inventory

Australia: Our national stories
Australian Heritage Commission, 2003
ISBN 0 642 23561 9

2. Principles of the New Methodology (continued)

2.3 The Wilderness Database

The wilderness database is constructed by establishing a lattice of sampling points across all areas selected for inclusion in the survey.

A range of measurements are calculated for each sampling point which are then processed to produce values for each of the four wilderness quality indicators. These indicators are, in turn, processed to produce a total wilderness quality index.

The wilderness database consists of all measurements used to derive wilderness indicator values, the wilderness indicator values themselves, and a final wilderness quality index. Together, these attributes form a powerful database which can be used for addressing a wide range of planning requirements relating to remote and natural lands.