World Resource Institute

Australia & South Pacific



Australian Natural Resource Atlas
The Australian Natural Resources Atlas was developed by the National Land and Water Resources Audit to provide online access to information to support natural resource management.

Australian Natural Resources Data Library
The Australian Natural Resources Data Library can be searched for data and information about Australia's natural resources.

Healthy Waterways
Healthy Waterways is a not-for-profit and non-government organization dedicated to protecting and improving water quality in South East Queensland.

National Land and Water Resources Audit
The Audit provides data, information, and nationwide assessments of Australia's land, water, and biological resources to support sustainable development.

Fig 1. Satellite image showing the area effect of the plume of the Fitzroy river in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia (Click here for larger version).

Image Credit: Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.]

OzCoasts: Australian Online Coastal Information
OzCoasts provides comprehensive information about Australia’s coast, including its estuaries, coastal waterways, and climate change impact. This helps to generate a better understanding of coastal environments, the complex processes that occur in them, the potential environmental health issues and how to recognize and deal with these issues.

Water Quality Online
Water Quality Online is a site for updates and information/downloads on the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality's Queensland Water Quality Program.


Coastal water quality, Western Australia’s Peel-Harvey estuarine system
Department of the Environment and Heritage, Canberra, 2006.

Environmental Management Goals for Tasmanian Surface Waters – Mersey River Catchment
Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment (Tasmania), March 2001.

Estuary Assessment 2000
Land and Water Australia: National Land and Water Resources Audit, 2001.
The Estuary Assessment Project 2000 has been undertaken as part of Theme 7 Ecosystem Health of the National Land and Water Resources Audit. The project aimed to 1) assess the current condition/health of Australian estuaries; 2) develop a process-based understanding of estuaries and their diversity across Australia; and 3) contribute to an information base to improve estuary management.

Eutrophication in Australian rivers, reservoirs and estuaries – a southern hemisphere perspective on the science and its implications
Davis, J.R. and K, Klaus. Hidrobiologia 559: 23-76, 2006.

North-west Rivers Environmental Review: A review of Tasmanian Environmental Quality Data to 2001
Green, G. Supervising Scientist (167), Environment Australia, 2001.
This document provides an environmental review of the rivers and estuaries of northwest Tasmania, including human uses and values, pollution sources, and current work within the catchment basins.

Lake MacQuaire Estuary Process Study – Volume 1-Report
Australian Water., Coastal Studies PTY LTD. and J.H. & E.S. Laxton PTY LTD. AWACS Report No. 94/25, 1995.

In the Other 90%: Phytoplankton Responses to Enhanced Nutrient Availability in the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon
Furnas, M., Mitchell, a., Skuza,M. and J, Brodie. Marine Pollution Bulletin 51: 253:265, 2005.
This technical paper describes different aspects of the aquatic ecosystems characterizing the GBR. There is an emphasis on the pelagic planktonic community and biogeochemistry of the system.

Reef Water Quality Protection Plan Marine Monitoring Program 2007/2008 Summary Report
Prange, J., Johnson, J. and Morris, S. Reef and Rainforest Centre Consortium of monitoring providers for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Ltd, 128 pp, Cairns, 2009.

Tasmania State of Rivers Reports
Tasmania Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.
This website contains a suite of reports that provide information on the quality, quantity and ecosystem health of Tasmanian waterways up until 2003.

Terrestrial discharge into the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon: nutrient behavior in coastal waters
Devlin, M.J. and J, Brodie. Marine Pollution Bulletin 51(1-4): 9-22, 2005.

The distribution, biomass and primary production of the seagrass Halophila ovalis in the Swan/Canning Estuary, Western Australia
Hillman, K., McComb, A.J. and D.I, Walker. Aquatic Botany 51: 1-54, 1995.


New Zealand


Environment Southland: Estuaries
This webpage contains links to different types of estuary monitoring reports for New Zealand’s South Island.

Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group
Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group serves as a leader dedicated to coordinating resource management agencies and stakeholders to preserve the diversity and biological health of Kaipara Harbour and its catchments. The site includes links to several documents on biophysical, economic and social management issues facing the harbour.

Northland Regional Council: Environmental Monitoring
This page contains links to the 2009 and earlier annual environmental monitoring reports for Northland, New Zealand. These reports summarize annual monitoring data for coastal areas in addition to other environmental concerns.

Ocean Survey 20/20
Ocean Survey 20/20 is an ongoing project to survey and map New Zealand’s oceans and coasts. This site provides latest news and updates on the project.


Changes in trophic linkages to shortfin eels (Anguilla australis) since the collapse of submerged macrophytes in Lake Ellesmere, New Zealand
Kelly, J.D. and D.J, Jellyman. Hydrobiologia 579: 161-173, 2007.

Current status of cockle bed restoration in New Zealand
Marsden, I.D. and S.C, Adkins. Aquaculture International 18: 83-97, 2010.

Feasibility study to investigate the replenishment/reinstatement of seagrass beds in Whangarei Harbour –Phase 1
Reed, J., Schwarz, A., Gosai, A. and Morrison, M. Report prepared by the National Institute of Water 7 Atmospheric Research (NIWA) for Northland Regional Council. NIWA Project: NCRC04101, 2004.

Jacobs River Estuary Broad Scale Mapping 2007/2008
Stevens,L. and Robertson, B. Report prepared by Wriggle Coastal Management for Environment Southland, 2008.

Jacobs River Macroalgal Monitoring 2008/2009
Stevens,L. and Robertson, B. Report prepared by Wriggle Coastal Management for Environment Southland, 2009.

New River Estuary Macroalgal Monitoring 2009/10
Stevens, L. and Robertson, B. Prepared for Environment Southland, 2010.

Southland Coast Te Waewae to the Catlins - Habitat Mapping, Risk Assessment and Monitoring Recommendations
Stevens,L. and B, Robertson. Report prepared by Wriggle Coastal Management for Environment Southland, 2009.

The Benthic Ecology and Food Web Dynamics of Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere)
Woods, H.F. MSc Thesis, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2008.

Waituna Lagoon 2007 – Ecological Vulnerability Assessment and Monitoring Recommendations
Stevens,L. and Robertson, B. Report prepared by Wriggle Coastal Management for Environment Southland, 2007.


South Pacific

Coral reef health and effects of socio-economic factors in Fiji and Cook Islands
Hoffmann, T.C. Marine Pollution Bulletin 44: 1281-1293, 2002.

Global International Water Assessment (GIWA), Regional Assessment 62 –Pacific Islands
South, G.R., Skelton, P., Veitayaki, j., Resture, A., Carpenter, C., Pratt, C. and Lawedrau, A. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). University of Kalmar, Kalmar, Sweden, 2004.

Nutrient Pollution in Laucala Bay, Fiji Islands
Sing, S., Aalberberg, W.G.L. and R.J. Morrison. Water Air Soil Pollution 204:363-372, 2009.

Suva-Nausori water supply and sewerage project in the Republic of the Fiji Islands
Asian Development Bank (ADB), November 2003.

The Reimplementation of the Ra’ui: Coral Reef Management in Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Hoffmann, T.C. Coastal Management 30:401-418, 2002.

Toxic dinoflagellates (Dinophyceae) from Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Rhodes, L.L., Smith, K.F., Munday, R., Selwood, A.I., McNabb, P.S., Holland, P.T. and Bottein, M.Y. Toxicon 56: 751-758, 2010.