Data Reporting System - Theme: Inland waters

Introduction

Inland waters is one of the four physical spheres of the Earth's environment, along with the atmosphere, the land and coasts and oceans.

The issues included in the Inland waters theme have been structured to reflect the conceptual model used in the National Land and Water Resources Audit's Assessment of River Condition (ARC), which had a focus on biological (aquatic ecosystem) outcomes and indicators. It includes condition and pressure issues at the catchment level, the habitat level and the biota level. Societal responses to pressures or deteriorating conditions are examined as separate issues because of the time lag before responses can be expected to translate into improvements in condition or reductions in pressures.

Issues

Catchment scale influences

Habitat scale influences

Response of biota

Human response - policy and management