For those of you who like online resources, the National Land and Water
Resources Audit has resulted in the development of an Australian Natural
Resources Atlas. It is accessible at
While a number of the web pages will not be available until some time in
August, the site is worth visiting and bookmarking.
I have appended the Atlas overview.
Overview of the Australian Natural Resources Atlas
The National Land and Water Resources Audit (the Audit) is developing
the Australian Natural Resources Atlas to provide ready access to
information to support natural resource management.
The Atlas is being developed to involve a broad cross section of
government and private sector groups working and interested in natural
resource management issues. The Atlas will be able to be accessed and
used by managers and community groups to help in their planning and
Exploring the data
The information in the Atlas is organised by subject and by geography.
Topic of interest, eg water, biodiversity, and agriculture
Information products, eg surface water availability, estuaries,
impact on biophysical resources in the rangelands
hole of Australia
tate / Territory
egion - eg surface water basins, bioregions, statistical local areas
There are 7 Themes to choose from in the Atlas:
Coasts - coastal environments
Rangelands - monitoring the status and trends in the rangelands
Water Resources - inland water resources - use, availability,
quality and management.
Land - land resources
People - Australian and the management of natural resources
Agriculture - agricultural resources
Biodiversity - biological resources
Each Theme has a list of information products available. To find the
information you require in the Atlas, simply select a product of
interest and then select your geographical area of interest on
Using the navigation boxes at the top of the screen, you can very
quickly go to a region of interest. First, select a major region of
interest, and then select a sub-region of interest.
Changing Topics - Finding out more about a region
You can quickly find other information available for a region by
selecting another topic from the menu at the bottom of the screen.
Making a Map
As you move through the Atlas, you can also explore the information in
more detail through an interactive Internet mapping tool by clicking on
the mapping icon.
The mapping tool allows you to:
select data layers to map;
move about the map by zooming in and out, and panning across the map;
query the data to find features of interest; and
link to other information such as reports, graphs and pictures
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