Spatial data infrastructure for catchment management: a case study of Condamine Catchment, Australia

Paudyal, Dev Raj and McDougall, Kevin and Apan, Armando (2009) Spatial data infrastructure for catchment management: a case study of Condamine Catchment, Australia. Indian Cartographer, 28. pp. 439-444. ISSN 0972-8392


Catchment management issues are characterised by multiple stakeholders and multiple goals which cut across traditional as well as administrative boundaries. Although, local government has the extensive local knowledge and experience in catchment management, an integrated management approach is required as different institutions and individuals need to work together towards sustainable catchment outcomes. There are basically two approaches for catchment management: Total Catchment Management (TCM) and Integrated Catchment Management (ICM). In Australia, ICM principle is normally followed for catchment management. Spatial information is one of the most critical elements underpinning decision-making for many disciplines and particularly for catchment decisions. As different organisations under different jurisdictions are working towards the management of a catchment, a key problem is the integration of different spatial data having different scale, content and format for multi-stakeholders spatial decision making process. Developing Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) facilitates the exchange and sharing of spatial data between stakeholders. SDI is a portal where each stakeholder can access use and exchange spatial data for social, economic and environmental wellbeing. Australia is recognised internationally as a leader in SDI development and spatial information management. However, current SDI initiatives focus on SDI development at different political/administrative hierarchies which does not necessarily fit with the catchment management arrangements so there is a need to build SDI with a particular understanding of the catchment management prospective.
This paper discusses SDI and its importance to catchment management. It explores the theoretical background for SDI design and development from catchment management perspectives. Four SDI hierarchies are investigated from farm enterprises, sub catchment, catchment and basin level. The farm enterprise level activities influence the global issues like climate change, sustainable development, environmental protection etc. through building SDI has been discussed. The catchment SDI research area is identified and the institutional environment including the spatial data requirements for integrated catchment management for building SDI is explored taking the case of Condamine Catchment in Southern Queensland, Australia. It concludes that building SDI differently, with a particular understanding of the catchment management perspective, will improve natural resources management including many catchment decisions.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No author version held. Paper originally presented at the XXVIIIth INCA International Congress: Collaborative Mapping and Space Technology, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India, 4-6 Nov 2008.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2010 02:54
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2014 05:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: spatial data infrastructure; catchment management; Condamine Catchment
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems

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