ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY STATISTICS
Land Account: Great Barrier Reef Region, Experimental Estimates, 2011 (cat. no. 4609.0.55.001) - released 28/02/11
Data available at the following geographic levels: Natural Resource Management region; Statistical Area 1
This release provides environmental, economic and social information within the 5 Natural Resource Management (NRM) regions that comprise the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchments. The Land Account is part of a set of integrated environmental-economic accounts currently being developed by the ABS. Environmental-economic accounting is a method of integrating environmental data with economic and social data.
A land account could be used to inform debate on:
- population settlement;
- sustainable production of goods and services;
- understanding the costs and benefits of different land management decisions, including the impact on the carbon cycle, water availability and quality, distribution and abundance of native species;
- understanding the productive capacity of the land used by the mining and agricultural industries;
- measuring the health of the environment;
- understanding the economic, environmental and social costs and benefits of activities occurring on the land; and
- measuring the potential social and economic impact of a disaster (flood, fire, cyclone).
In this pilot project, economic, social and environmental data has been integrated with spatial location information to provide an interactive Google Earth® image that shows Statistical Area 1 (SA1) level information for:
- boundary information, population and business
- rateable land value and land use
- dynamic land cover
- fire, temperature and rainfall, as well as
- an ESRI® geodatabase file and a MAPINFO® file that can be used in GIS, and
- a supporting text delimited file.
The methodologies and practices used in this release will be reviewed and enhanced to produce future land accounts which will cover each State and Territory as well as specific environmental regions.
To find out more, including how to download the data and view it using Google Earth® software, please visit the publication or view the attached brochure.