Australia's tropical rivers - an integrated data assessment and analysis

A project funded under the Natural Heritage Trust II and Land & Water Australia's Tropical Rivers Program

Final reports – TRIAP Sub-Project 1, 2 and 3 reports completed and available for download.

Sustainable management of the future development of Australia's tropical rivers and wetlands will require an integrated information base against which to assess current status and future changes of their ecological character, and to assist with development of policy, especially relating to environmental flows and potential uses of water. To progress towards this goal, a three year project titled Australia's tropical rivers an integrated data assessment and analysis, more commonly referred to as the Tropical Rivers Inventory and Assessment Project, or TRIAP, was completed in late 2008. Funded by the Natural Heritage Trust II and Land & Water Australia, the TRIAP consisted of three Sub-projects:

  1. Inventory of the biological, chemical and physical features of aquatic ecosystems - undertake a multiple-scale inventory of the habitats and biota of the rivers and wetlands of tropical Australia, where necessary developing and/or ensuring consistency with other suitable typologies based on hydrological and landform features;
  2. Assessment of the major pressures on aquatic ecosystems - undertake risk assessments of the major pressures on the habitats and biota of the rivers and wetlands of tropical Australia; and
  3. Development of a framework for the analysis of ecosystem services provided by aquatic ecosystems - provide a framework for analysis of the ecosystem services (eg provision of water for multiple uses), provided by the habitats and biota of the rivers and wetlands of northern Australia.

The overarching aim of the TRIAP is to establish an integrated information base and framework built on analysis of existing information, consultation with stakeholder groups, and expert opinion to provide the basis for assessing current status and future change of Australia's tropical rivers.

The TRIAP was a collaboration between the Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist (eriss) of the Supervising Scientist Division and James Cook University, with additional contributions from The University of Western Australia and Charles Darwin University.

The outputs and outcomes of the TRIAP are contributing to other initiatives currently underway in tropical Australia, namely the Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge Research Hub  and the Northern Australia Water Futures Assessment. SSD is specifically contributing to Themes 1 and 4 of the TRaCK suite of projects.

The TRIAP final reports, and other publications and reports that have been produced throughout the project, are available for download.