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A review of Australian approaches for monitoring, assessing and reporting estuarine condition: I. International context and evaluation criteria

Hallett, Chris S.; Valesini, Fiona; Elliott, Mike

Authors

Chris S. Hallett

Fiona Valesini

Professor Mike Elliott Mike.Elliott@hull.ac.uk
Professor of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences/ Research Professor, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies



Abstract

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd Given the immeasurable value of estuaries and their severe and growing pressures, sound understanding and reporting of estuarine condition is essential for their effective management and sustainable development. In light of this, we aim to provide a timely and comprehensive three-part review of the approaches currently employed for monitoring, assessing and reporting estuarine condition, focussing on Australian systems. Here, in Part 1, we establish the national and international context of our review and define globally-relevant evaluation criteria against which to assess Australian progress. We achieve this by examining effective monitoring, assessment and reporting programs from around the world and characterising ‘best practice’. We then highlight the Australian historical context and consider recent policies, frameworks, guidelines and legislation relating to the monitoring and reporting of estuarine condition nationwide.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date 2016-12
Journal Environmental science & policy
Print ISSN 1462-9011
Electronic ISSN 1873-6416
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 66
Pages 260-269
APA6 Citation Hallett, C. S., Valesini, F., & Elliott, M. (2016). A review of Australian approaches for monitoring, assessing and reporting estuarine condition: I. International context and evaluation criteria. Environmental science & policy, 66, 260-269. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.07.014
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.07.014
Keywords Estuary; Ecological status; Health; Monitoring; Management; Water framework directive
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901116304579
Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Environmental science & policy, 2016, v.66.

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