Dataset: Interim Classification of Aquatic Ecosystems in the Murray Darling Basin based on the Australian National Aquatic Ecosystems (ANAE) Classification - Floodplains


This classification of aquatic ecosystems was developed for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Australia, and Murray-Darling Basin Authority to support the management of environmental water in the Murray-Darling basin.
An interim application of the Australian National Aquatic Ecosystem (ANAE) classification framework has been applied to all floodplain polygons. The associated data table contains the ANAE floodplain attributes and resulting typology.

This dataset is a merged product of three sources: Floodplain_MDBAv2_ANAE, Floodplain_SA_ANAE and Floodplain_RERP_ANAE.

RERP_ANAE results from the merger of three separate 2009-2010 NSW Rivers Environmental Restoration Program (RERP) mapping layers for the Lowbidgee, Macquarie Marshes, and Gwydir wetlands. ANAE floodplain attributes and typology are assigned in the data table.CC - Attribution (CC BY)
Licenced for use under Creative Commons Australia Attribution. We request attribution as (c) Commonwealth of Australia, Department of the Environment and Energy.
Victoria maintains an inventory of wetlands (WETLAND_CURRENT) which is designed for use in Victorian wetland projects and is subject to ongoing validation and updates. WETLAND_CURRENT can be obtained from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (see
for further details). For lacustrine and palustrine aquatic ecosystems, the MDB_ANAE geodatabase is more suited to wetland projects involving other jurisdictions. While much of the data for lacustrine and palustrine wetlands was sourced from WETLAND_CURRENT, there may be some inconsistencies between MDB_ANAE geodatabase and WETLAND_CURRENT. The two datasets can be linked through the AltSrcID (MDB_ANAE geodatabase) and Wetland_No (WETLAND_CURRENT data set) fields.
Due to the Basin-wide nature of this dataset, accuracy of final classes has not been ground truthed comprehensively, which could impact results of any analysis using this data. Therefore it is imperative that this dataset is assessed as to fitness for use in any application and decisions made about further levels of validation required. Significant care should be taken if information derived from this dataset is to guide decision making, form binding agreements regarding target setting, compliance of any form, or monitoring of achievements, this includes for the purpose of summarising areas of wetland types. Refer also to Miles, M. and Eckert, G., 2014, Murray-Darling Basin ANAE dataset – Manual edits to South Australian component.
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