The Macquarie Marshes are one of the largest remaining inland semi-permanent wetlands in Australia. They are important breeding grounds for colonial nesting waterbirds, and support a large number of diverse wetland plants and animal species. Assessing the potential impacts of climate change on the aquatic ecosystem in the Macquarie Marshes can assist in better understanding and management of the area.
Climate change is a potential threat to the natural resource condition in the NSW Central West Catchment. The Central West Catchment Management Authority (CWCMA) engaged ANU to develop a decision support system (DSS) to investigate the impacts of climate change on natural resources. The Macquarie Marshes were selected for this project, because they are nationally and internationally important wetland systems.
2006-2007 (Phase I) and 2009 (Phase II)