A decision support system for assessing climate change impacts on Macquarie Marshes ecosystem

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. 

Timeline

2006-2007 (Phase I) and 2009 (Phase II)

Partnerships

Funding for this project was provided by Central West Catchment Management Authority through the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Program and the NSW Government’s Catchment Action NSW Program, and by The Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water through the Australian Government’s Water for the Future program and the NSW Government’s Rivers Environmental Restoration Program.

Expert/stakeholder elicitation on system conceptualisation and modelling scope were provided in various workshops, with representation from the following groups:

  • Central West Catchment Management Authority (CWCMA)
  • Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW)
  • The Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management Centre, Australian National University (iCAM)
  • CSIRO
  • NSW Farmers
  • NSW Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • Dubbo City Council
  • Macquarie River Food and Fibre
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)

Scientific data and modelling were provided by the following groups:

  • Central West Catchment Management Authority
  • NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water
  • NSW Department of Water and Energy
  • CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
  • CSIRO Murray-Darling Basin Sustainable Yields Project
  • Ecosystem Management, the University of New England

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