Researchers use new methods to establish forest water catchment trends


Researchers from the University of Melbourne have published a report on baselines, drivers and trends for water quality and quantity in forested catchments across NSW. Drawing on 35 years of historical data, the analysis provides NSW’s first authoritative baseline for these factors.

The researchers also developed new statistical methods to analyse data, with this work expected to be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

The study found that there is declining water quantity across NSW and that climate change is likely to continue this downward trend, confirming the findings of previous reports.

This work was independently overseen by the Commission under the Coastal IFOA monitoring program.