|Title||Integrated Science Support for Managing Australia's Tropical Rivers: A Case Study in the Daly River Catchment|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Authors||Pantus, FJ, Barton, CL, Bradford, L, Stroet, M|
|Institution||Charles Darwin University|
|Keywords||1: Scenario Evaluation|
Project 1.4 is part of TRaCK (Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge) and is entitled “Knowledge Integration and Science Delivery”. Project 1.4 has two main aims:
Assisted by consultation with both internal and external stakeholders, Project 1.4 has developed concepts, methods and tools that deliver such knowledge in the form of scenario evaluation capacity to a range of stakeholders, particularly in support of natural resource management. The approach adopted is based on a conceptual framework known as Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE).
Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE)
MSE and the Daly River Catchment
In order to demonstrate the potential of the MSE application, an MSE prototype application for the Daly River catchment has been developed. The MSE application is comprised of six main models (conforming to the six functional areas of the MSE framework) configured with submodels and data pertinent to the Daly river catchment. The sub-models include a catchment water model, groundwater model, economics model, habitat model, WAP decision model, and relationship learning model.
The Daly River MSE application provides resource managers with a powerful tool in which to compose and simulate potential management strategies with great flexibility in development and analysis. Management strategies can include (but are not limited to) reducing/increasing groundwater extraction and facilitating economic growth trajectories. The Daly MSE application presents trade-offs between economic, social and environmental (triple bottom line) performance indicators and associated uncertainties. Resource managers are able to weigh these trade-offs (and uncertainties) and make decisions accordingly as they strive to achieve a balance between ecosystem/cultural needs and economic/ human needs.
Integrated Science Support for Managing Australia's Tropical Rivers: A Case Study in the Daly River Catchment