Air quality monitoring
The Queensland air monitoring network consists of stations around the state containing instruments which record and store weather and air pollutant data. The air quality index is calculated by converting the measured pollutant concentrations into index values, which are categorised in relation to standards. Visitors can view the air quality index and request information for a particular day and time.
Coal dust management
The Queensland Government has received a number of complaints about coal dust associated with rail transport along the Western–Metropolitan rail system. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) regulates air quality under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.
Storm tide monitoring
Monitoring coastal flooding from the sea, usually because of storm surge during tropical cyclones, is performed using a network of 20 storm tide gauges along Queensland's coastline for data collection. This network provides sea level information in near real time. The information, and special storm tide maps that show the extent of coastal land vulnerable to tidal inundation, are vital when Queensland State Counter-Disaster Organisation (SCDO) considers the evacuation of communities during cyclone events.
Water quality monitoring
Queensland's diversity of waters includes streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries, embayments and open coastal waters. Water quality is assessed by measuring physical, chemical and biological indicators, which are then compared with national guidelines. These national guidelines provide a framework for assessing water quality through comparison with guidelines derived from local reference values.
Wave rider buoys transmit the wave heights measured from Queensland wave recording sites to radio receivers at shore stations. Wave information is used by planners and engineers in the design and construction of coastal structures and the department to help short and long term investigations of natural coastal processes. Wave data is used for individual planning purposes and, within the meteorological community, at regional, hemispheric and global levels.
This WetlandInfo website provides information to support assessment, management, rehabilitation and monitoring. It provides case studies to learn from other wetland managers and gives access to wetland assessment tools and guidelines.